More than half a year after the investigation, the details of Tao Yan, former director of the editorial office of Zhejiang satellite TV of Zhejiang Radio and television group, were officially disclosed. According to the first instance criminal judgment on Tao Yan’s bribery crime recently released by China judicial document network, Tao Yan was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on June 24 for illegally receiving 4.88 million yuan in TV drama investment.
According to public information, Tao Yan, female, Han nationality, was born in January 1975 in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. She started work in August 1996 and joined the Communist Party of China in September 2006 with a bachelor’s degree. Previously, she worked in Zhejiang Radio and Television Group for a long time. She successively served as deputy director of program center of Zhejiang satellite TV, deputy director of strategic development center of Zhejiang satellite TV, and director of chief editor’s office of Zhejiang satellite TV. In March 2019, she went to Zhejiang media university to teach.
On November 14, 2019, the website of Zhejiang Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision announced that Tao Yan, former director of Zhejiang satellite TV chief editor’s office of Zhejiang Radio and television group, was suspected of serious violation of discipline and law. At present, the discipline inspection and supervision group of Zhejiang Provincial Commission for Discipline inspection and supervision of Zhejiang Provincial Commission of discipline inspection in the Provincial Department of education is conducting a disciplinary review on Tao Yan. Under the jurisdiction of Zhejiang Provincial Commission of discipline inspection, Huzhou Municipal Supervision Commission is supervising and investigating him.
According to the above-mentioned judgment, the people’s Procuratorate of Nanxun District of Huzhou City charged Tao Yan with the crime of bribery with xunjianxing v  No. 354, and filed a public prosecution in Nanxun District People’s Court of Huzhou City on March 31, 2020.
The court found that: from March 2015 to February 2019, the defendant Tao Yan was the director of chief editor’s office of Zhejiang satellite TV of Zhejiang Radio and television group. One of the responsibilities of the chief editor’s office is to be responsible for the purchase and sale of film and television plays, production of self-made plays and copyright management.
In the first half of 2016, when the defendant Tao Yan talked with Hu, the legal representative of Beijing Donghai Qilin Culture Communication Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Donghai Qilin company), he learned that Donghai Qilin company was preparing to shoot the TV drama “spring breeze is not as good as you in ten li” (hereinafter referred to as “spring breeze”). Hu proposed Tao Yan to invest in the TV series. Considering that the director and actors of the play were not determined at that time, and the investment risk was too high, Tao Yan did not agree.
According to the judgment, at the end of August or early September 2016, the defendant Tao Yan learned from Xu Youku, senior Copyright Cooperation Director of Youku, that Youku had reached an initial intention with Donghai Qilin company on the acquisition of the new media copyright of Chunfeng. After confirming with Hu, he thought that the investment was basically risk-free, so he took the initiative to invest in the Chunfeng project. In order to get the attention of Tao Yan, the defendant, in the future, Hu agreed to invest 12 million yuan at a 10% shareholding ratio.
Due to the shortage of funds, the defendant Tao Yan borrowed from Xiong, the actual responsible person of Beijing CCTV wonderful film and Television Culture Co., Ltd. In order to get the care of the defendant Tao Yan in the future, Xiong proposed to invest in the name of the company for Tao Yan and her husband, and said that all the investment income belonged to Tao Yan, and Tao Yan agreed.
On September 28, 2016, Xiong signed a joint production contract with Donghai Qilin company in the name of Horgos CCTV wonderful film and television media Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Horgos CCTV wonderful company”), and later transferred 12 million yuan into the account of Donghai Qilin company twice. On October 10 and November 7, 2017, Donghai Qilin company successively remitted the investment fund and income of RMB 23.202094 million to the account of sinovision wonderful company in Horgos. Later, because of the company’s poor management, Xiong was unable to pay all the income. After the defendant Tao Yan agreed, he only paid 4.88 million yuan to Tao Yan, and Tao Yanyu accepted it.
According to the judgment, after the case was committed, the defendant Tao Yan voluntarily explained his economic problems to the investigation organ before the investigation authorities announced the investigation on the case and took the lien measures. His relatives have returned 4.88 million yuan of illegal income.
The court held that the defendant, Tao Yan, as a state functionary, took advantage of his position to illegally accept other people’s property and seek benefits for others. The amount of money was huge, and his behavior had constituted the crime of accepting bribes. At the same time, the defendant, Tao Yan, had the circumstances of turning himself in and was given a mitigated punishment according to law. The defendant, Tao Yan, pleaded guilty and was given lenient punishment according to law.
On June 24, 2020, the people’s Court of Nanxun District of Huzhou City made a judgment of the first instance: Tao Yan, the defendant, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500000 yuan for the crime of accepting bribes; and the returned illegal income of 4.88 million yuan was handed over to the state treasury.