China eases cross border film and media regulations

On 18 May, 2016, China's media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television ("SAPPRFT"), issued a decision (the Decision on the Amendment of Certain Rules ("Decision")) amending five of its rules. This was part of a broader government-wide effort to reform and simplify China's complex and sprawling system of administrative approvals across all fields. As one of the most heavily regulated and restricted sectors to foreign investment, any changes in this area, however small, are likely to be closely followed by media industry players looking for an opportunity to enter the market.

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