In recent years, a series of favorable policies issued by the Chinese government in finance, intellectual property protection and culture industries stimulate the rapid expansion of Chinese TV drama market.
In 2012, 612 TV dramas were launched in China, rising by 50 ones year on year; 19,659 episodes were issued, representing a year-on-year increase of 2,941 ones. Meanwhile, 506 TV dramas made in China (accounting for 82.68%) were published, up 37 ones year on year; 17,703 episodes were released, with a year-on-year growth of 18.48%. The length of each TV drama made in China ascended from 27.58 episodes in 2006 to 34.99 episodes in 2012 averagely.
In 2012, the transaction value of TV dramas made in China jumped by 44.74% year on year to RMB11 billion, of which RMB8 billion sourced from broadcast copyright trading and RMB3 billion from network copyright trading. In 2011-2012, the transaction value increased significantly mainly because of the growing number of higher-priced classic dramas.
Transaction Value of TV Dramas Made in China, 2006-2016
Source: SARFT; ResearchInChina
China TV Drama Industry Report,2013-2016
By H1 2013, there had been seven Chinese listed companies engaged in television production and distribution. In 2008-2012, their TV drama revenue grew at over 30%; by the CAGR of TV drama revenue, New Culture (88.67%), Enlight Media (81.63%) and Huace (61.26%) ranked the top three.
In 2012, five ones of these seven listed companies gained the gross margin of 40% or more. In point of gross margin, the top three companies were Huayi Brothers (56.02%), Huace (55.74%) and Hualu Baina (44.90%).
In the future, with the increase of Chinese TV drama platforms, the demand for high-quality dramas will go up, and the value of such dramas will rise. Prominent dramas will be the focal point that all platforms compete for.