Battle stations: the heavy hitters who will transform Hong Kong's stagnant TV industry

 

Source:  SCMP

 

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Reality TV shows can be turned off for the moment. The real-life drama gripping Hong Kong's television industry is much more interesting - and the potential for new life in a stagnant local market is much more exciting.

 

The latest episode is TVB's coup in recruiting a major mainland player for the first time. Li Ruigang, founding chairman of China Media Capital (CMC) and chairman of Shanghai Media Group (SMG), has joined Young Lion Holdings, the investor group that has a controlling stake of 26 per cent in TVB.

 

But the highly publicised arrival of the man dubbed "China's Rupert Murdoch" on the local scene, and his involvement in Hong Kong's dominant free-to-air broadcaster has also sparked concern about the prospect of greater mainland influence over the city's media landscape.

 

Some have questioned whether Li's arrival will affect the editorial independence of TVB's news programmes - a concern that the station has been quick to dismiss. A source familiar with the deal said Li was not going to get involved in TVB's daily operations in Hong Kong.

 

And with TVB seeking to diversify with the help of expertise and ideas from a mainland player, in addition to one from Taiwan, it also has to be mindful of balancing its own identity as a broadcaster that presents Hong Kong's unique culture to the world.

 

"Red capital is inevitable across all industries in Hong Kong and mainland investors are interested in expanding into the local market," explains Grace Leung Lai-kuen, a lecturer at Chinese University's school of journalism and communication. "If local players want to survive a declining Hong Kong market, they have no choice but to expand into mainland China.

 

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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg     Artiste, Karen Mok (莫文蔚) and her husband, Johannes remained a loving couple after marriage and they went for high tea with a group of friends at 2pm in the Central. During the session, Karen and her husband were very sweet and seen kissing, and left around 6pm in the evening. Karen also kissed her husband and showed her motherly love by kissing the kids at the same table while waiting for the bill.

After bidding goodbye to her friends, Karen proceeded to see luxury watches with her husband and smile at the reporters upon discovering them: "Seeing only and did not buy any." They then boarded the vehicle and left.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Ex-TVB artiste, Coffee Lam (林芊妤) was discovered purchasing new property (HEMERA) around 8 Millions for a 4-room apartment on 19 April 2015. She worked as an yoga instructor and explained: "Initially, I am thinking of buying 6 Millions property but need to be selected 3 times in order to select the apartment. The single apartment was sold out and I was forced to buy a bigger flat instead. Thus, I bought 8 Millions apartment eventually. (Heavy financial burden?) My parents and I share the down payment together and I will try my best to teach more yoga. (Earn a lot of money?) In fact, I could earn from playing shares. (6 digit figure?) Yes but not revealing much details. (Afraid of gossip?) Yes and cannot be bothered to explain. Anyway, I have nothing to hide."

Source: The Sun (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg     Artiste Angie Cheong (張慧儀) brought her 'son' to attend children singing competition in radio station and expressed children songs suited him, and he would children songs at times. She said: "But lesser now and this event is considered good during weekend." When asked if she would sing children song, Angie replied it was impossible: "Singing is difficult. Children song can inspire the children's creative and it is meaningless if you cannot sing well. (Sing songs to make him happy?) Less and I cook food him usually."

When mentioned about Flora Chan lost her temper and showed black face, Angie who worked together with her before expressed that she did not read the news: "I have no scenes with her in the series and she is nice when attending event together. (Any contacts in private?) Not much and she is okay when working so far."

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Michael Tse (謝天華) attended the press conference of new show and expressed he became a babysitter now and tried to fight for additional time to accompany his son before resuming work. He disclosed his wife and he had been talking to their son and hoped he will be able to speak soon. When asked if he begun to look for a school for his son, Michael said: "Not yet but had been monitoring Play Group though. I know Emme Wong (黃伊汶) opened a Play Group recently. (Asked her to waive the school fees?) No answer from her yet. (Help her to advertise?) I do not mind and it is a win win situation after all."

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) was filming new series, Eunuchs leave the Palace (公公出宮) in Tseung Kwan O TV City (將軍澳電視城) and when mentioned about the stock market (The Greed of Man 大時代) recently, Wayne replied he earned 30% profits and said: "Fortunately, it rose two weeks ago and I already sold it last week. I bought it when it was low and earned 30% profits. (Invest again?) Depends of the situation and cannot be too greedy. It resembled to depositing money in the bank and I preferred to increase my assets. (The Greed of Man series broke the midnight record and did you watch it?) Nope as I am working. The Greed of Man was a classic series starring Wai Ka Fai (韋家輝), Damian Lau (劉松仁), Sean Lau (劉青雲) and others. Unfortunately, I worked as an extra at that point and it was a regret that I failed to work with Wai Ka Fai.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday April 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Tony Wah (何華超) accepted an interview from radio station. When asked about he acted as Charlene Choi's (蔡卓妍) stepfather who raped her scene in the movie, Sara (雛妓), Tony laughed and replied it was not hard to film that scene and not much emotional barriers as well. When mentioned about Charlene lost the Movie Queen award (最佳女主角) during Hong Kong Film Awards (金像獎), Tony said: "She is a good actress and it is not easy to film her role. In fact, she did not require any make-up as her acting is already outstanding."

Asked if Charlene consulted him for advice in acting skills, Tony responded that she should approach Simon Yam (任達華) first and praised the script was well-written, and the creativity of the director. When the host asked if he had other work arrangements, Tony said that he was currently filming new series, F.S.D. (火速救兵) and filming Chapman To's (杜汶澤) new movie later.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Anthony Wong Chau Sun and Hins Cheung King Hin last night were guest presenters at the 2014 Hong Kong Art Development Award. Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin received the film industry's artist of the year, which led to objections. Chau Sun said, "I don't think it's any dispute, his score is very high. (Are you worried that lacking acceptance?) Do you lose acceptance just because a few people disagree? It's very overbearing to want everyone's acceptance. Lam Chiu Yin isn't bad." Chau Sun admitted that the entire matter has become very awkward. He apologized on behalf of the drama side.

Director Gordon Chan Ka Seung presented the award to Lam Chiu Yin. He claimed to be Lam Chiu Yin's mentor and that Tsui Hark was his mentor. Chan Ka Seung said to Tsui Hark, "I am not better than you in anything, but my disciple is better than your disciple." Lam Chiu Yin said that he attended out of respect for the event and art. He also thanked his mentor Chan Ka Seung for giving him a lot of opportunities to practice. "As an assistant director I hoped a director would give me a chance, I never thought that I would have it so quickly. Although the pressure was huge, it was able to very quickly make me grow. This honor belongs to the team."

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The 34th Hong Kong Film Award has already taken place but the hosts and guests' comments left aftermath. Host Gordon Lam Ka Tung's disrespect of guests and Jordan Chan Siu Chun's lack of professionalism were criticized as very discourteous. Chan Siu Chun first admitted that he did not prepare enough. Lam Ka Tung earlier apologized to DOT 2 DOT (DIM DUI DIM)'s new actress Candy Cheung Suet Kun, who he called "Cheung Whoever" that night.

Yesterday the Hong Kong Film Award chair Chan Ka Seung made clarifications. He wrote a "sincere apology" online. "After this year's Hong Kong Film Award, I have been noticing the criticism. I must clarify some comments about the hosts. Regarding the hosts' style, it actually was at the request of the event production team. In order to make the live atmosphere more relaxed, I repeatedly asked each host to give up the traditional hosting methods to host the ceremony with the mentality of a gathering. Each host how bravely volunteered perhaps had some places that were grasped less than accurately, which were only performances that followed my requests. As the person responsible for the production, I should even more so accept criticism and bear the responsibility. I also sincerely apologize to Ms. Cheung Suet Kun and everyone at DOT 2 DOT. From now on we will plan to be even more cautious and work hard on improving."

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Koni Lui wore a short dress to reveal deep 'career line'?

Friday April 24, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg     Artiste, Koni Lui (呂慧儀) wore a short skirt to attend the opening ceremony of the supermarket in Sham Tseng (深井) as the guest aka shop manager. Her dress revealed a deep 'career line' and it seemed that she was 'pouring milk' when displaying her culinary skills. It was an attracting scene.

As the 'shop manager', Koni will be in-charge of payment and learned to compare prices due to her son: "I will compare prices most of the time and decide to buy if it is nice."

Running a high fever

Koni disclosed her son was running a high fever a few days ago and felt it was difficult to take care of him: "He had been having fever for past 3 days and it was around 39 degrees celsius. I will measure his temperature every 1 to 2 hours and it is more difficult as compared to filming series." She added that her husband, Dickson Wong and herself were anxious 'masters': "I am extremely anxious and will keep using towels to wipe his body. (Did your husband help you?) He needed to work but kept calling me continuously." Koni revealed that her son's height was increased suddenly after the fever: "His height increased after the fever. (Which part?) The whole body."

When the reporters asked when she will be attending event with her son to show to the public, Koni said: "Hope it will be soon and he is not afraid of strangers. (Does he begin to talk now?) Baby language. In fact, he was very sticky ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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