Like many artistes with the right amount of experience and finances, Annie Liu (劉心悠) is looking to start her own production company. However, her dream office will be located in Hong Kong instead of Mainland China.
With China’s booming economy and the rapid growth of its entertainment industry, many artistes have eyes on a piece of the Mainland pie. Not only are Hong Kong and Taiwanese actors picking up job offers in China in droves, some also tried their hands at behind-the-scenes work, hoping to further pad their wallets. Several long-time actors, most notably TVB artistes Michelle Ye (葉璇), Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), and Steven Ma (馬浚偉), have invested money into starting up their own production studios. Very frequently, these artistes serve as both star and crew and are able to maintain greater creative control over their projects.
A model who turned into a respectable film actress, Annie has successfully made her name known in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has recently raised her profile with roles in the popular Mainland series Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心> and its sequel Bu Bu Jing Qing <步步驚情>. Recently ending her contract with management company Filmko Entertainment, Annie is now ready to become her own boss.
At a public event on May 14, Annie admitted that her contract with Filmko is over though both parties are on friendly terms. Despite losing an established artiste, her former boss is supportive of her plans to set up a production company. Annie is very excited about her new venture, though is humbled by her lack of business experience.
“[The office] will probably be set up in Tsim Sha Tsui. I am a first-time boss with no experience, so I will look for people who can help me out”. In addition to becoming her own manager, Annie is also planning to bring other talents under her wing.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.