Prestigious scriptwriter Zhang Xiaotian dies at 77

Renowned Chinese author and scriptwriter Zhang Xiaotian has died in Beijing at the age of 77.

He was the head writer for many historical dramas including movies like "Kai Guo Da Dian" "The Last Empress" and "Chongqing Negotiations" as well as TV series "Sun Yat-sen" and "The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom."

Zhang had also published several novels since the early 60s.

He received many awards during his career, including many as a scriptwriter in top Chinese competitions such as the Golden Rooster Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards, and Huabiao Awards.

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