“The Legend of Ba Qing” in Hot Waters Due to Gavin Gao Scandal
The Legend of Ba Qing <巴清传> may not even get airtime at all despite securing the country’s limited quota on broadcasting historical dramas.
On March 29, Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang (高云翔), also known as Gavin Gao, was arrested in Sydney for sexual assault. Gavin is the male lead in The Legend of Ba Qing, starring alongside Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Yan Yikuan (严屹宽).
As a result of the scandal, the drama has failed to pass the broadcast requirements as stated by the China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, in which actors of a production have to be clear of “scandals, stains, and questionable morals.”
According to a news report, Zhejiang Tangde, the production company behind Ba Qing, lost over 800 million yuan in the market a day after Gao’s sexual assault was reported. Fan Bingbing, the ninth biggest shareholder of Zhejiang Tangde and producer of Ba Qing, also suffered a huge financial blow.
In addition to losing 800 million yuan, Zhejiang Tangde is required to reimburse broadcasters for breaking their contracts. Online broadcasters initially paid the studio 8 million yuan per episode, totaling 480 million yuan for 60 episodes, for the drama to air on their platforms. In addition, satellite broadcasters like Jiangsu TV and Dragon TV already paid the studios a total of 230 million yuan each. With all of these numbers combined, the amount that Zhejiang Tangde has to reimburse is astronomical.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.