‘In the Name of People’ author tops China rich list for scriptwriters

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/12 18:03:39

The 11th China Rich Writer List announced on Wednesday that Zhou Meisen, scriptwriter of hot Chinese TV drama In the Name of People, took first place on the list of China's highest-earning scriptwriters in 2016.

According to the list, Zhou earned a total of 14 million yuan ($2 million) to take first place, while scriptwriters Gao Mantang (The Last Visa) and Zhang Jianqi (City Still Believe in Love) came in second and third with 13 million yuan and 11 million yuan respectively.

In recent years, adaptations of online works have proven extremely popular and lucrative in China. However, of the 10 scriptwriters on the list only Yuan Zidan (Ode to Joy) based his work on an online IP.

Zhou has seen quite a bit of success recently. In the Name of People, based on Zhou's hit novel of the same name, has been an immense hit among Chinese viewers.

The scriptwriter list was also released along with the list of China's highest-paid celebrity authors. TV host Bai Yansong took first with 4 million yuan, while TV hosts Le Jia and Kevin Tsai came at No.2 and No.3 with 3.5 million yuan and 3.3 million yuan respectively.

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