Saturday, February 23, 2013
It has been widely rumored that HKTV, the new free television network founded by 'CTI Devil' Ricky Wong, will have their free-to-air TV license issued by the government in March or April. An employee exposed after Ricky watched the trailers of the first batch of 8 HKTV produced series, he was dissatisfied with the quality of the productions. There is a chance they will have to reshuffle.
It was understood, Ricky plans to seek scripts from outside sources and temporarily stop internal productions of series. An employee said HKTV's second batch of series, like the new series starring Kara Hui, Adrian Wong and Noel Leung, is still a nominal series. As for Felix Wong and Paw Hee Ching's new series Age of Housing Passion still has not started shooting yet. Reporters contacted Felix's assistant, he confirmed the series has not stated filming yet: "Initially it was schedule to start in March, but now its pushed back to April, but they still haven't given us any new updates yet!"
Earlier Ricky expressed he will maintain the production expenses to HK$1 million per episode. On average, each series is 20 episodes long, HKTV will have to spend at least HK$16 million. Producer Lam Siu Chi accepted an interview and when asked if she felt dissatisfied with the series she produced before? She said: "I cannot comment on other things, but the changes are only made in the policies!" TVB General Manager Mark Lee expressed TVB's doors are always opened to their former artists: "If any of the former artists are struggling, we will definitely take care of them. In fact, I've warned them before to be careful because I looked at the contract too!" HKTV's boss Ricky Wong admitted over the phone yesterday that he is seeking for outside scripts, "About the rumor that I was dissatisfied with the series we produced internally, that is only partially true, but some colleagues have misunderstood. I am very pleased with the editors. Actually it's just they spent a longer time with the production and the directors cannot have nothing to do, so I asked them to go find outside scripts to use."
Meanwhile, Ricky has already decided to send out 25 of his artists, including Leila Tong and Noel Leung to compete in a marathon against TVB on Sunday. On TVB's side, only Kate Tsui was sent out to participate in the event. It turns out Kate initially signed up to participate in a 10km marathon, but because she's been too exhausted from filming, she had to cancel on short notice. Instead, she'll be supporting the ceremony at the start of the race. She said: "Run in a marathon? I don't know! I can't even handle walking 10km!"
Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ AsianEU Forum
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