As the President of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, actor-producer Louis Koo (古天樂) has poured his heart into helping the Hong Kong entertainment industry. The 49-year-old is extending his reach beyond films and hopes to reinvigorate the television television industry. Louis is speculated to be discussing a new drama production after being spotted in a private meeting with director Johnnie To (杜琪峯) and ViuTV executives.
Aside from film production, Louis’ company One Cool Group Limited also partnered with ViuTV to produce drama Who Sells Bricks In Hong Kong <地產仔>. Breaking away from convention, the drama was a refreshing black comedy which looked at the cutthroat real estate industry while introducing new actors such as Ng Siu Hin (吳肇軒), Tony Wu (胡子彤), Yanny Chan (陳穎欣), and Fish Liew (廖子妤) to viewers. The drama received a lot of interest since its broadcast, and has successfully resonated with the younger generation.
After testing the waters with Who Sells Bricks in Hong Kong, Louis is speculated to followup with another ViuTV collaboration. Paparrazzi discovered that Louis had invited Johnnie To and ViuTV executives for a meeting aboard his luxury yacht, allegedly to discuss filming a new Hong Kong drama. Reporters reached out to related parties for comments, but did not receive a response.
Louis Extends Help During Pandemic
Due to COVID-19, the Hong Kong entertainment industry is visibly struggling. Louis has been actively creating job opportunities to help struggling artistes and crew members in the industry. Aside from collaborating with Emperor Motion Pictures to produce 10 Hong Kong films in the next two years, Louis also contacted other companies about the possibility of filming a COVID-19 movie to raise funds for blue-collar workers.
Known to take care of seniors, he purchased 20,000 surgical face masks for members of Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, and also held an online auction to help raise funds. He also gave $9000 Hong Kong dollars in relief funds to each qualified member of the Guild to help them overcome this difficult time.
Employing several hundred staff members in his company One Cool Group, Louis is loved as a generous and compassionate employer while continuing to live a frugal life himself. During the pandemic, he arranged for employees to work from home and tried his best to keep his staff employed.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.