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#1 foreverleila

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:46 AM

Felix Wong & Maggie Cheung CityTelecom's First Brother/Sister for Groundbreaking ceremony
Febuary 24, 2012 Hong Kong
Source: CNNMoney, Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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City Telecom (H.K.) Limited ("City Telecom") held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its TV & Multimedia Production Centre ("The Centre") located in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. Artistes including Ms. Maggie Cheung, Mr. Felix Wong, Mr. Frankie Lam, Ms. Bernice Liu, Ms. Prudence Liew, Mr. John Chiang, Mr. Yuen Wah, Ms. Leila Tong, Ms. Lisa Lui, Mr. Kelvin Kwan, Mr. Felix Lok, Ms. Maria Chen, Ms. Rain Lau, and emcees Ms. Catherine Chow and Mr. Benji Chiang attended to show their support. (Source: CNNMoney)

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Felix Wong, who was said to be CTI's 'First Brother', expressed yesterday he signed the contract last week and will first shoot first shoot a science fiction detective series. He said: "I already discussed with the director, and it's going to be quite difficult to film because we don't want to use too much special effects. (Is the scriptwriter and director former TVB employees?) I know them all. We can easily communicate and it's a new environment here. There aren't many restrictions, so they can all really use their imaginations."

Earlier Felix criticized TVB as 'Totally Very Bad', he was asked how he would described his new company? He spoke in HK-style English: "Can Do Independence. Mr. Wong (Ricky Wong) gives us a lot of room to develop and we can work independently too." Asked if he will invite his good brother Michael Miu over too? He said: "I think they already discussed before. Each individual has their own ambitions, he still has a contract with TVB. He said himself he wants to observe more first."

As for CTI 'First Sister', Maggie Cheung she expressed she will start working for the new company in the next half year. She'll be collaborating with Patrick Tam and Prudence Liew in the new series. She said: "There's a lot of freedom collaborating with Mr. Wong. There are no set years in the contract, just discuss one series at at ime. After completing one series, if I'm happy, then we can collaborate again. (More attractive than TVB?) No need to say it! We all understand TVB's policies can't be changed overnight and I want to find a place suitable for myself." She expressed at the present time she won't be considering TVB, but does not guarentee that there won't be opportunities to collaborate again in the future.

Frankie Lam signed a two year contract and expressed he'll have more time to stay in HK. He greatly praised the new company having high degree of freedom.

Detail Info about "The Centre" and CTI as a company

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Hmmm, the article is a bit incomplete, as there was a lot of stuff not mentioned from other sources...

.--- Earlier, it was rumored that Frankie's wife Kenix Kwok had signed with CTI as well, but that rumor turns out to be false. At the ceremony, Frankie said that his wife's focus right now is on the family and helping their daughter find a school, so she has no plans to sign with CTI, at least not right now.

.-- TVB's former 'golden' scripter Cheung Wah Biu will also be working for CTI (he had left TVB a few years back to go work for Jimmy Lai's Next TV in Taiwan). CWB has indicated that he first has to finish the script for a Mainland series as well as a Taiwan series, then he will officially be starting at Ricky Wong's company (he has already signed a contract with CTI, but has not confirmed a start date with them).

.-- 'Green leaf' artist Yuen Wah has also signed a 2 year contract with CTI. He echoed the sentiment of many of the other 'green leaf' (supporting) artists at TVB when he said that the main reason he chose to sign with CTI is because they reached out to him to discuss a possible collaboration with them, whereas, when his contract expired with TVB, the management over there did nothing -- they did not contact him to discuss contract renewal, which basically meant that they could do without him, so of course he is going to go with the offer he did receive (from CTI), as he needs to make a living just like anyone else.


Here's a group picture from the Groundbreaking ceremony (Source: Ricky Wong's Weibo):

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Edited by llwy12, 25 February 2012 - 10:58 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:58 AM

Yuen Wah signed with CTI too, huh. I like him, would love to see him in a good series in which he's featured.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:37 PM

Here are some pictures from CTI's ground breaking ceremony

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

Oh I love Yuen Wah! He's such a funny actor!

Wise of Michael to observe, but if CTI is successful, wonder if they'll still offer such high rates to persuade stars.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:20 PM

Uh, sorry for the dumb question but, what does the "I" in CTI stand for? The company seems to be named City Telecom Limited so shouldn't that be CTL? If going by their website, it's not a lowercased "L" either.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:38 AM

Might as well copy the entire press release from CTI:


HONG KONG, Feb. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- City Telecom (H.K.) Limited ("City Telecom") (HKSE:1137) (Nasdaq:CTEL) today held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its TV & Multimedia Production Centre ("The Centre") located in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate.

Artistes including Ms. Maggie Cheung, Mr. Felix Wong, Mr. Frankie Lam, Ms. Bernice Liu, Ms. Prudence Liew, Mr. John Chiang, Mr. Yuen Wah, Ms. Leila Tong, Ms. Lisa Lui, Mr. Kelvin Kwan, Mr. Felix Lok, Ms. Maria Chen, Ms. Rain Lau, and emcees Ms. Catherine Chow and Mr. Benji Chiang attended to show their support.

Since submitting our application for the Domestic Free TV Service License in December 2009, City Telecom has been aggressively preparing to become a new TV station in Hong Kong. In August 2011, we were granted by the HKSAR Government a piece of land in Tseung Kwan O to build our TV & Multimedia Production Centre. To restore healthy development of the TV industry in Hong Kong, we have invited hundreds of elites from TV industry to join our cause, creating the strongest team in town. We aim to elevate the quality Hong Kong produced dramas to unseen standards, delivering a higher quality alternative for Hong Kong's TV audience.


Highlights of Our TV & Multimedia Production Centre
City Telecom will invest HK$600 million to build a TV & Multimedia Production Centre with a total estimated gross floor area of approximately 300,000 square ft. on 219,670 square ft. land (equivalent to 33 football fields) at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. The Centre is expected to go into full operation during 2014.

1. The Centre will consist of an 18,000 square ft. studio, which is the largest in Asia, 3 drama studios, 3 multipurpose studios and 1 news studio, equipped with Super High-definition shooting facilities. Our post-production suite will also possess 3D production facilities.

2. Uniquely, our Centre will be an open platform to welcome the public into our production process, with an aim of inspiring next generation's interest in the TV industry. The public, academic sector and different organizations will be welcomed to observe our shooting process via the glass bottom overpass above the studio, as well as viewing our make-up studio and props workshop, to gain immersion in the full experience of TV Drama production.

Dream Team of Artistes, Production and Script Writers - Ready to Deliver Dramas that will Captivate the Audience
Since 2011, we have been aggressive in forming the dream team of artistes, production and script writers. We currently have 180 production and script writers, whom have been responsible for many of the most renowned drama series in recent years. In addition, our rapidly growing artiste pool is now over 140 artistes, including top-tier and veteran actors.

The team is committed to serve the public, refreshing the audience with high quality dramas of diversified grass roots themes. Our first release will be a refreshing youth musical, casting artistes with outstanding singing, performing & dancing techniques. In parallel, we are working on over 10 scripts that will be ready for airing by the end of this year. We will invest heavily in the production quality and return to real location shooting, rather than the stale in-studio norm that has developed over time.

Further, we aim to excite the Hong Kong TV industry with the introduction of 3D and other high-tech elements. Legacy TV stations are constrained by traditional over-the-air TV transmission medium. We will breakthrough these limitations by transmitting over our self-built fibre network that supports sufficient bandwidth and connects to the existing broadcasting systems in buildings that will take the home TV experience to new levels.


Nurturing Hong Kong's Next Generation of Talents
One of our primary missions in setting up a new TV station is to enhance the quality of locally produced TV programs and nurture Hong Kong back into the leading position in the Asian TV industry. Faced with a talent gap, we have already launched courses to train up new artistes and backstage talents. University recruitment talks are now ongoing in the 8 universities in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education and the Hong Kong Academic of Performing Arts, with onsite selection process to attract young talents with potential. (For details, please refer to www.ctihk.tv/recruit)


Future Objectives
At commencement, we will broadcast 12 channels, of which 2 will be self-produced channels, 4 will be turn-around channels and the remaining 6 will be partnership channels. We will increase the number of channels to 20 in 3 years, including additional 2 self-produced channels, 8 turn-around channels and 10 partnership channels.

We target to produce drama totaling 260 hours in 2012 and 650 hours in 2013 for broadcasting at prime time at night. We will also produce informative and entertainment variety shows, totaling 104 hours in 2012 and 520 hours in 2013.

"TV entertainment is an essential daily entertainment for the public, which is also an important channel for cultural heritage. Other than producing entertaining dramas and TV programs, we see corporate social responsibility as an important task: to enhance positive mentality in the community, to cultivate creativity consistently, to nurture Talents, to produce quality TV programs and to enhance TV Talents' remuneration level. We hope that with our existence, TV programs will be more worth-watching and the society will be growing more healthily," Chairman of City Telecom, Mr. Ricky Wong said.


About City Telecom/ Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited
Established in 1992, City Telecom (H.K.) Limited (HKSE:1137) (Nasdaq:CTEL) provides integrated telecommunications services in Hong Kong via its own self-built fiber network. City Telecom's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), is the fastest growing broadband service provider in Hong Kong. HKBN offers a diversified portfolio of innovative products that service over 1,240,000 subscriptions for broadband, local telephony and IP-TV. The Company has built a solid market position with top-of-the-line applications and practices enabling its substantial growth. The company takes great pride in developing its over 3,000 Talent force into a competitive advantage. Additional information on City Telecom can be found at www.ctigroup.com.hk.

CONTACT: Corporate Communications
Jessie Cheng
Tel: +852 3145 4118
Fax: +852 2199 8372
Email: chengcm@ctihk.com

Investor Engagement
Peggy Chan
Tel: +852 3145 6068
Fax: +852 2199 8655
Email: investor_engagement@ctihk.com

Youtube video from Ricky Wong: http://www.youtube.c...d&v=xgcBKuIuaes
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Ricky's ambitious goal is revolutionized tv market in Hong Kong is something. I have serious doubts....

--- 3D tv.... yeah right. A gimmick and it did not last long.
--- Too many channels over the air on one network host is going to be like ATV back in late 2007 which they abandoned 2-3 years later.
--- Too much focus on dramas. Variety, lifestyle, infotainment????
--- Going against TVB seems to be the feeling on all levels maybe a backfire.

So, I will wait and see if its truly happening.

Edited by wChaU1, 26 February 2012 - 02:38 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

Ricky's ambitious goal is revolutionized tv market in Hong Kong is something. I have serious doubts....

--- 3D tv.... yeah right. A gimmick and it did not last long.
--- Too many channels over the air on one network host is going to be like ATV back in late 2007 which they abandoned 2-3 years later.
--- Too much focus on dramas. Variety, lifestyle, infotainment????
--- Going against TVB seems to be the feeling on all levels maybe a backfire.

So, I will wait and see if its truly happening.


That's why I feel that out of the 3 stations getting free-to-air licenses this year, nowTV has the best chance of succeeding. Currently, even though they don't really have any drama series that they produce, they have a pretty good mix of variety shows and other 'infotainment' that are very well-made / produced and reaches a variety of audiences (for example: they currently have a variety of interview shows, music programs, sports programs, news, etc.). Also, in terms of drama series, their plan is not to compete directly with TVB -- instead, they are planning to branch out into the Mainland China market through joint collaborations with companies over there (this is part of the reason why Mui Siu Ching and Lau Kar Ho decided to join nowTV -- because they will pretty much be the ones manning the drama series department and breaking ground into Mainland, which is something they've wanted to do for awhile).

Also, the other thing I like about nowTV is that the management over there have been relatively low-key about the whole free-to-air license thing -- not only have they been moving forward with their plans quietly, they've also publicly stated that they will NOT purposefully poach artists who are currently employed with TVB....they will only hire artists who are no longer contracted with TVB (they didn't approach Bowie Lam or Wong Hei until after both of their contracts with TVB expired -- same with MSC and LKH...nowTV only hired them after they submitted their resignation letters). In comparisons, Ricky Wong has been a bit too "high profile" with his tactics of openly (and aggressively) poaching TVB's artists (while most of them were still contracted) as well as building a studio right in TVB's backyard (makes me think that his goal is really to bring TVB down rather than to truly make a significant contribution to the HK TV industry).

Edited by llwy12, 26 February 2012 - 08:20 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:54 AM

Many of the recent 'reports' about the CTI groundbreaking ceremony used the term "traitors" to describe the artists who left TVB in favor of CTI. Personally, I have a problem with such irresponsible reporting and my only 'advice' to those reporters who keep using this term is for them to look up the word "traitor" in the dictionary and see what it actually means before using it!! Posted Image

Anyway, Felix Wong posted an excellent response on his Weibo with regard to these recent "reports" that I'm sure echoes the sentiments of many of us who have been long time supporters of the HK television industry (as well as those artists who have decided to follow a career path that is a better fit for their needs). His response was "re-tweeted" by many artists, who all expressed their support and encouragement...

Here's the translation of his post (as well as the original response in Chinese):

After reading today’s news reports, I feel the need to speak out. Today’s HK television industry is truly in need of ‘new blood’ to join so as to bring about free expression of the arts – this is the only way to ‘shock’ the industry and push it to its peak! In this environment, not only will artists have more opportunities to bring out the best in themselves, but also gives them more space to develop. Through healthy competition, each of the TV stations can more fully develop their resources and strengths and ‘join forces’ to create a win-win situation. Here is wishing that the HK television industry will be able to once again reach the heights of its ‘glory days’! Let’s all work hard and encourage one another!

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Source: Felix Wong's Weibo

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:17 AM

almost of the artistes here cannot be blamed for joining CTI as they have not been favoured at TVB, like catherine chow and rain lau have only been getting small roles for years.
TVB wasn't very nice to Bernice Liu or Felix Wong and their series either, and i suspect Yuen Wah and Felix Lok were not valued either. So as Yuen Wah said, he needs to make a living too so he will go with whoever offers something better or at all even.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:15 AM

Felix reportedly said something along this line: We are not traitors, we are the trailblazers of a new tv company.

Like Yuen Wah, Maggie also reportedly said that TVB did not contact her to review her contract when it ran out.

If Lee Kwok Lun's complaint did not get reported on the news consequently having his contract renewed, he would have probably join CTI, too.

Edited by tamaya, 28 February 2012 - 02:16 AM.


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:26 AM

Felix reportedly said something along this line: We are not traitors, we are the trailblazers of a new tv company.

Like Yuen Wah, Maggie also reportedly said that TVB did not contact her to review her contract when it ran out.

If Lee Kwok Lun's complaint did not get reported on the news consequently having his contract renewed, he would have probably join CTI, too.


Lee Kwok Lun was lucky to get his contract renewal and smart move to get the media to be on his side by complaining to the public. Another one is Kiki Sheung renewed her contract with TVB.

I am wondering how long Ben Wong, Wayne Lai and over promoted people will last in TVB when they don't need them anymore and doesn't earn good money and profit for them. Would they still treat them so nice and great?

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:45 AM

Wayne Lai and Ben Wong are in their promotion days now. When it's their turn to get ditched by TVB just like how they ditched Steven and Wong Hei, we might see Wayne and Ben's turn to complain next.