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Broadcasters to boost quality

Update: February, 25/2012 - 08:57


Series of accomplishments: A scene from the series Circle of Traps now being screened on VTV3. It is among a few series for which outside producers have received royalties. — File Photo
HCM CITY — Ha Noi-based Viet Nam Televison (VTV) and HCM City Television (HTV) officials have promised to improve the quality of their dramatic and comedic series, including paying film studios for their production activities.

HTV and VTV, in exchange for non-payment of production, will not require film studios to pay for commercial spots aired during the programmes the studios produced.

With the law stipulating that half of all television series be locally made, film studios must produce at least 3,000 episodes a year.

The two established studios, Viet Nam Film Company and HCM City Film Studio, can produce between 300 and 400 episodes between them. Private studios have stepped in to assist State-owned studios.

Studios have competed with each other to make TV series, many of which are long and uninteresting. This has sparked increasing concern that the programmes are of poor quality.

"We'll pay studios for series they make. The prices will depend on the quality of the series," said Nguyen Quy Hoa, HTV director general.

Vong Tron Cam Bay (Circle of Traps) now being screened on VTV3 is one of a few series for which producers have received royalties.

The series is receiving acclaim from the audience for its interesting content.

Dat Viet, Song Vang, Kiet Tuong, M&T Pictures and Thien Ngan are among many private studios that have produced TV series for both VTV and HTV for years.

"Good scripts from the studios will be selected for production, not just because of the name of the studio," Ha Nam, head of VTV editorial staff, said.

VTV and HTV have set up committees to examine the quality of series.

"Scripts of series that meet the committee's demands will be selected for production," Nam said. "After the filming is completed, the committee will examine its quality again before selecting it for showing."

According to Nam, the committee will read the entire script of a series, not just the first five pilot episodes, as was done previously.

"Our old way of working is the reason why many series were good in the beginning but then became unclear and very bad in later episodes," he said. — VNS

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