TV series spotlights GBA innovation, entrepreneurship

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2023-04-14

“Start Here,” a Chinese TV drama telling stories of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), premiered on China Central TV Channel 1, Tencent Video and iQiyi last Wednesday and received high ratings.

With the publicity departments of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC and the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC among the producers, the 33-episode TV series was filmed in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Macao.

                                               A poster of TV series “Start Here.”

Starring Qin Hailu, Lin Yushen, Rayzha Alimjan and Zhu Yuchen, the TV series depicts the development of artificial intelligence in the GBA over the past 10 years, portraying aspiring entrepreneurs who face numerous difficulties in technological research and development. Governmental officials in subdistricts and municipal bureaus who push forward supportive policies for enterprises, and the earlier generation of pioneers who contributed their youth in the early days in Shenzhen’s development are also illustrated, which makes the TV series more realistic.

Cutting-edge technologies depicted in the TV series, such as precision machinery and artificial intelligence, as well as the industrial upgrading of the power industry, echo the current development in the country and the achievements over the past 10 years. How the entrepreneurs solve technical difficulties and funding problems in pursuit of their dreams and how they balance their career and families make up the exciting stories in “Start Here,” which portrays the diversity and openness of the GBA.

Stories of minor characters may also resonate with the audience. For example, a young man whose family owns apartments doesn’t want to live on collected rent, so he sets up his own visual effects company; a Macao designer blends traditional cultural elements into trendy designs and finally builds her own brand.