“Anti-Virginia Lok” Sentiments Rise at TVB; Catherine Tsang to Replace Ms. Lok
In Sing Tao newspaper’s exclusive article yesterday, it was disclosed that TVB Director of Production Resources, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), possessed a despotic and overbearing management style, resulting in a serious loss of talented employees. Several artist managers recently resigned due to discontent with Ms. Lok’s management style. Recently an “Anti- Virginia Lok” wave took over TVB. Aside from Wong Hei (王喜), Steven Ma (馬浚偉) and Joe Ma (馬德鐘), Fala Chen (陳法拉), who was backed by Stephen Chan (陳志雲), joined the “Anti- Virginia Lok” camp and busily filmed her new drama!
With the increase of three new free television stations in Hong Kong next year, a surging crisis erupted within TVB. Ricky Wong’s (王維基) City Telecom tempted many TVB artists and employees to join the new rival station with promise of higher pay. Sing Tao newspaper revealed yesterday that Ms. Lok’s subordinates, artist managers of Sharon Chan (陳敏之), Joe Ma (馬德鐘), and Bowie Lam (林保怡) had resigned. In the coming days, more people will leave TVB.
Catherine Tsang to Replace Virginia Lok
With artist managers leaving the nest, TVB artists were dissatisfied with Ms. Lok’s temperament and left as well. Employees were in a state of panic and an “Anti- Virginia Lok” wave emerged. TVB Vice Chairman, Mona Fong (方逸華), ordered top three executives, Norman Leung (梁乃鵬), Mark Lee (李寶安), and Stephen Chan (陳志雲) to retain corporate talent, while leaving out Virginia Lok from the task. Ms. Fong may be taking the opportunity of the chaos to “cleanse” internal management and set things right. Held in high esteem by TVB fadans and siu sangs, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), was asked to step up. Ms. Tsang was asked to negotiate with highly dissatisfied artists such as Wong Hei, Steven Ma, and Joe Ma regarding their contract extensions.
With the power changing hands at TVB, Ms. Lok appeared at TVB City yesterday. Alleged that her despotic and overbearing management practices lead to staff resignations, Ms. Lok stressed that she maintained good relationships with artist managers who have left or will be leaving TVB. Ms. Lok credited the dozen artist managers that worked at TVB, expressing her silent gratitude. She revealed that the artist managers did not receive high pay and did not receive any commissions; they were thankless jobs. Ms. Lok said, “When artist managers ask for filming schedules from the production crew, they may be scolded. When the artist managers respond to a vendor late, they may be scolded.”
Ms. Lok mentioned that prior to overseeing the Production Resources department, numerous artist managers faced challenging work conditions. Ms. Lok explained, “I suggested that if artist managers were able to achieve a certain quota in artist appearance revenue, they can be rewarded with a bonus. However, the suggestion was not implemented in the end. We are now fighting a battle. I will reflect with the boss. Aside from the artists, it is also important to take into account the benefits of my working partners.” Ms. Lok inadvertently admitted that the current TVB benefits level induced mass resignations at the company.
Fala Chen Joins “Anti- Virginia Lok Camp”
Supporting Stephen Chen while against Virginia Lok, Fala Chen was photographed having zero communication with Ms. Lok at an earlier Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊> promotional event. Through her actions, Fala clearly drew her boundaries against Ms. Lok. Held in high esteem by Mona Fong and Stephen Chan, Fala Chen was busily filming Palace Schemes of East and West <東西宮略>. Fala appeared very lively and coquettish on set.
At 5 PM yesterday, Fala, Koni Lui (呂慧儀), and Louis Yuen (阮兆祥) filmed Palace Schemes of East and West at Lai Chi Kok Park. Since the scene involved simple dialogue exchange, the atmosphere was easy going. Prior to filming, Fala and Koni studied the script together under the park pavilion. During their breaks, they took out their cellular phones to pass the time. In a great mood, Fala sometimes grabbed Koni’s hands to dance together. Since the filming location was a public park, numerous pedestrians remained to watch celebrities. Fala did not mind the large group of people and took the initiative to play with the young children.
Professed that he would prefer to work for TVB rather than a new company, Louis Yuen was very professional. He studied the script intently prior to filming.
Excerpt: Sing Tao
Jayne: I thought Catherine Tsang was Director of the Drama Department while Virginia Lok was Director of Production Resources, who oversaw artist management. Thus their jobs have different spheres of influence.
What bodes for the future for Ms. Lok? Certainly it is awkward that artists such as Steven Ma, who do not possess “affinity” for Ms. Lok, is currently heavily chased by TVB to remain. Yet Ms. Lok is awkwardly left out of such negotiations, while Stephen Chan and Ms. Tsang step in to help. This is a large sign that Mona Fong may think Ms. Lok cannot handle her job.