Lung disappointed after China firms' withdrawal from TV expo
CNATAIPEI--Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said that the withdrawal of Chinese exhibitors from the 2013 Taipei TV Festival was regrettable, and she urged Chinese companies to transcend political barriers and embrace interaction.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Chinese exhibitors apparently dropped out of the festival to avoid encountering New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television, a TV broadcaster founded by practitioners of China's banned Falun Gong sect, at this year's open-space venue, according to industry sources.
The annual festival, which kicked off Wednesday, has been held at Taipei's Grand Hotel in the past, allowing companies to stage exhibits in separate rooms.
This year, however, the show was moved to the Taipei World Trade Center, meaning that companies are exhibiting their services in the same open space.
“Taiwan is an open society. It cannot prohibit anyone from joining the festival for reasons that have nothing to do with professionalism,” Lung said in response to the withdrawal.
She said she understood the decision made by the Chinese companies but hoped they would participate next year.
“If there are political differences between us ... isn't participating in the TV festival a way to transcend political barriers?” she asked.
Lung, meanwhile, urged local TV drama producers to diversify the focus of their dramas.
Romantic dramas account for a large proportion of Taiwan-produced dramas, but the Japanese example shows that other genres, such as crime, detective, food and workplace dramas, can also be successful, she said.
Now in its 10th year, the fair has attracted 95 exhibitors from Taiwan and abroad, as well as buyers from countries such as Turkey, Greece, the United States, France, Britain, Japan and Thailand.
The show will run until Sept. 27 at Exhibition Hall 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center.