Niki Chow (周麗淇) announced that she has signed with Mountain Entertainment, a sister company of East Asia. TVB was also interested in signing with Niki. Thus, Niki’s decision to join Mountain Entertainment has allegedly angered TVB, resulting in her series, Sergeant Tabloid <女警愛作戰> being removed from the broadcast schedule in August!
TVB Went All Out to Woo Niki
TVB had all along been interested to sign a management contract with Niki. On several occasions, she met with TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), to discuss the terms of a management contract. However, Niki was only willing to sign a per-series contract instead. In order to woo Niki, TVB casted her as leading actress in Bottled Passion <我的如意狼君> and Sergeant Tabloid, pushing her to be a top fadan.
Sergeant Tabloid received overwhelming responses from overseas viewers, particularly in Mainland China, and this elevated Niki’s profile in the Chinese market. TVB also announced that they will film a sequel to Sergeant Tabloid, although it has not broadcast in Hong Kong yet. An internal source also revealed that TVB hoped to seal the deal quickly with Niki, as the discussions were left hanging in the air for some time.
Ms. Lok Angered by Niki’s Betrayal?
It was reported that Niki had allegedly promised TVB to sign the management contract, but instead turned around and signed with Mountain Entertainment. Ms. Lok is allegedly angered by her “betrayal” and throws out Sergeant Tabloid from the August broadcast schedule, shelving it aside.
In response to her fall out with TVB, Niki expressed her dismay, “There is no such thing! I am so annoyed with the rumors! I maintain a good relationship with TVB and my new management company has also communicated with TVB.” When asked why Ms. Lok did not attend the media conference, she responded, “Ms. Lok expressed earlier that she would attend, but it clashes with a media conference at TVB. There is an anniversary shooting which involved more than 300 artists on the same day.”
Regarding rumors that TVB will shelve Sergeant Tabloid, Niki said, “All along there is no official broadcast date! Please do not believe the rumors! ”
At yesterday’s press conference, Niki’s bosses, Peter Lam (林建岳) and Richie Ren (任賢齊) and fellow colleagues, William So (蘇永康) and Wendy Zhang (鄭嘉嘉) were all present to lend their support. Niki also took the opportunity to impress Richie and William, singing their popular songs, Heart Too Soft <心太軟> and A Man Should Not Let a Woman Cry <男人不該讓女人流淚>.
This article is written by Stella for JayneStars.com.
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