Headlines From China: Are Chinese Celebrities Still Crucial For Luxury Brands?

Are Chinese Celebrities Still Crucial For Luxury Brands?

Fourteen years after China’s powerful State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) — now known as the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) — banned voting by at-home audiences in an attempt to quell the rabid fan club activity inspired by the American Idol-style program Super Girl 超级女声, in 2021 Beijing again placed the country’s enthusiastic fan and celebrity cultures in its crosshairs. Over the course of 2021, regulators from the NRTA and the increasingly influential Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) tightened their grip on what can be shown on television or streaming platforms, while high-profile “cancellations” (and even arrests) of hugely popular celebrities have served to show hundreds of millions of Chinese fans who is really in charge. Read more Jing Daily

Film Explores Fears of Living Alone

Executive producer Wu Bai and director Bie Ke as well as stars Bai Baihe and Bai Ke attended the premiere in Beijing on Nov 17, revealing they hope the movie will raise public awareness about how to stay safe for people who live alone, especially single women. Read more China.org.cn