New updates on the case filed by Lin Chi-ling’s Studio against production company Yuan Chun Media who’s now been slapped with a consumption restriction banning it from making high ticket purchases. Media reports the motion was filed by Yukui Film and Television Culture Studio, a company which Lin Chi-ling has a 99% stake.
Last year, the Taiwanese model and actress won the suit they filed against Yuan Chun Media for failing to pay her for her two episode appearance on variety show Go Fighting! Season 3 in July 2017. That’s four years of waiting for a single cent from the cool RMB 4 million she was owed. With the additional court order restricting high level consumption for Yuan Chun Media, it’s very possible Lin Chi-ling still hasn’t seen a single cent.
Simply put, a consumption restriction is a tool used by Chinese courts to ensure debtors won’t fritter away their assets on lavish lifestyles. But of course, the fastest way to get out of the restriction is for the debtor to finally pay up what is owed.
Another thing that seems to hold people’s attention about this case is the eye-wateringly high salary celebs are being paid to appear in a show. Can you believe the actress is supposed to receive RMB 4 million (almost US$ 600,000) for just 2 episodes on a variety show?
“Participated in Go Fighting! 2 episodes for four million, making money is so easy!” observed one Netizen. Another said “filming variety shows seems to be the quickest and easiest way for stars to earn money. No wonder some people are addicted to recording variety shows instead of filming dramas after they become popular”. Imagine then just how high the fees uber popular A listers can command for a single appearance! Crazy right?
Wow! For only two episodes and they can get paid that much??? I am shock to hear that! It’s ridiculous high!
sorry to ask are you shocked because it is China or entertainment in general?
Most top entertainment people in general are overpaid. Nothing surprises me anymore. Charlie Sheen, an American actor at the high of his “Two and half Men” show he was making $1.8 millions per episode.
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that is why I have asked what is shocking, that China is picking up with the rest of the world or entertainment in general? As actors/singers might be overpaid trust me people that actually make magic are not. Entertainment stopped being form of art and became huge marketing machine. Sometimes entertainers look like giant walking billboards., they are just brands. They are overpaid as they can attract endorsements and production makes money on marketing, that’s why they are paid so much. If they can attract a lot of attention, company want to advertise in their shows they ask for more money to be paid. Nothing to do with actual acting or singing skills . Living proof overpaid Kim Kardashian and the whole family. Brave new world!
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Compared to US, celebs of her status, I dont think it is that high…
Bruh…that’s not a lot. Did you know the guy who voice Family Guy makes $200,000 per episode?! And Robert Downey Jr was paid more than $1,000,000 per minute in Psiderman Homecoming.
That’s mind boggling. 🤨🙄😑
It’s a lot for stars of her level, in her field and in her country. Famous Hollywood stars like RDJ are obviously more expensive but they’re also extremely overpaid.
I might be in the minority here, but I really don’t think that the actresses and actors who make these ‘ridiculously high’ amounts are overpaid. You have to consider the nature of their business. Firstly, for many of them it is seasonal, they don’t get paid like this every day. Only when they are able to get gigs. So many actors who have made it, would live on the income from these gigs for the periods when the don’t have jobs. Secondly, celebrities jobs aren’t nine to five, they don’t clock out after five o’clock. Many of them, idols and actors in particular, work long hours, often in dangerous situations, while we are in our comfy beds, to film those beloved scenes or dances we do enjoy onscreen. Thirdly, there are many people who train to be actors. Before they build their brand, t they earn next to nothing, and are at the mercy of the entertainment industry to eke out a meager pay. Unlike most other jobs that at least guarantee you a standard of living. Many have to subsidize their acting career by waitressing or doing odd jobs to get by until they hit their one lucky break and get recognized. Some never do and all their years of sacrifice are wasted.. Just like in any other business high risk = high reward. It makes sense that their salaries are high when they finally achieve star power. And lastly, many of these celebrities, especially the high powered ones, have their entourages, they are responsible for paying the salaries of the people who make them look good, their managers, make up artists, diet coaches, PR firms and so on. A lot of people depend on them to look good, so not all that money ends up with them. When you factor in all these things, $300,000 an episode doesn’t seem so over the top when you considered their industry. Especially when the ‘shelf life’ of some of these celebrities isn’t very long. After a few decades, they need to make way for younger and more popular celebrities. Why not make the money when they can?
What about all the crew members that are there to set up the scene and have to stay behind to clean up after that earn next to nothing? Arguably, the celebrity isn’t the one working the “hardest” here, yet they’re paid the most. Sure, some people dedicate years in school and actual hours to hone their acting craft. Lin Chiling has little acting ability and solely got famous because of her looks/modeling career.
You make a valid point. Actually I’ve thought long and hard about this and realized that just like actors who have made a name for themselves in the industry, producers and directors who are at the height of their respective careers aren’t paid small change either. It’s just that they are much more private about their earnings since they are behind the camera instead of in front of it, and few people outside of the industry care what the PD earns per each movie/drama. As for the nameless crew who are paid peanuts, what’s the difference between them and the unemployed actor/actress? The fact is, in show biz , it’s only if you make a name for yourself can you command a healthy pay. The person doesn’t even need to be that talented, but with looks, connections, street smarts and emotional intelligence, they are able to find and utilize opportunities where their peers cannot or do not.
I agree with the points you made, but my concern is that not every star invited to appear on a show and get the starry salary has gone through the hard road you described. Perhaps some got the right connections and were taken care of with manufactured success? The entertainment industry is replete with sad cases of outright exploitation and ponzi schemes through hyping up these million-dollar fantasy gigs. You have to burst a few bubbles sometimes so that the poor innocents are reminded – all that glitter isn’t gold you know.
@Jewel. Sadly, what you have said is very true. All too common in the cutthroat entertainment industry.