With Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) claiming TV King and Raymond Lam (林峯) rumored to leave TVB, management executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) may be losing her status within the company to colleague Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), who is allegedly fortifying her own power by gathering her favorites back to TVB. Catherine has summoned Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), Dayo Wong (黃子華) and Steven Ma (馬浚偉) to film dramas with TVB.
If Virginia’s favorite, Raymond Lam, were to leave TVB, she may face a marked manpower crunch in her camp. Having lost favorite, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) to the mainland China, she is facing the disappearance f her favorite siu sangs. Taking advantage of this situation, it was rumored that Catherine has been busy bringing back her favorite artists.
Steven Ma Touched by Catherine’s Sincerity
In early 2012, Steven, who was having an unsatisfying work relationship with TVB, requested for an early release from his management contract. After his leave from the station, Steven broke into the mainland Chinese market, filming dramas Legend of the Yuan Empire Founder <建元风云> and Yuan Yang Pei <鸳鸯佩>. Steven also expressed his interest in starting his own production studio.
Last December, TVB high executive Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) slipped that she had asked Steven to return to TVB last September to film a 30-episode drama, but Steven rejected her offer due to his busy schedule. Catherine and Au Wai Lam (區偉林) have been trying to convince Steven to sign a per series contract ever since the actor left the station in March 2012.
It has been said that Catherine has left a spot for Steven to return in a Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠) drama, which will begin production in May. Steven admitted that such plans has been made, but stated, “Tsang Jeh and I have remained in contact, but at this moment, I cannot promise anything. There are still many details left to discuss. Nonetheless, I will have a definite answer by Lunar New Year.”
At a promotional event today, Steven further commented, “Catherine Tsang is my sifu. My first choice is of course my sifu! I am not after money; the money important thing is the script and who the cast is! I wish to act with Fala Chen (陳法拉) and Tavia Yeung (楊怡).”
TVB Wasted No Efforts to Retain Raymond Lam
On the other hand, The Sun reported earlier this week that TVB will not be utilizing the one-vote-per-person system for the upcoming Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Music Awards Presentation <十大勁歌金曲頒獎典禮> to retain Raymond, who has been nominated for the Most Popular Male Artist Award.
When told about the rumor that TVB will give him an award in exchange for his renewal of contract, Raymond cried, “I believe it’s only a rumor. Whatever the decision, it has nothing to do with me.”
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