As ATV is facing shutdown, Richard Li‘s (李澤楷) PCWW’s HK Television Entertainment Company Limited (HKTVE) has been granted a 12-year broadcasting license. HKTVE proposed investing $2.7 billion HKD in the first 10 years of operation, bringing high-quality programming to viewers. Owning the subscription based Now TV, the company will be producing two multi-million dollar drama productions and other variety programs.
Former TVB producers, husband-and-wife team Mui Siu Ching (梅小青) and Lau Kar Ho (劉家豪), joined Now TV in 2012. Their drama production The Virtuous Queen of Han <大漢賢后衛子夫> achieved top ratings in Mainland China. The duo hopes to duplicate their success with a new drama about Emperor Taizong and his wife, Empress Zhangsun, of the Tang Dynasty.
Tentatively titled Without a Match in This World <舉世無雙>, the drama will be produced with a $100 million HKD budget and start filming in July. Aside from hoping to work with Raymond Lam (林峯) and Niki Chow (周麗淇) again, producers Mui and Lau are reportedly interested in casting Fala Chen (陳法拉) in the role of Empress Zhangsun due to her distinctive aura and beauty in ancient costume.
Mui stated, “Our production is a Mainland/ Hong Kong production. There will definitely be Mainland and Hong Kong actors, and perhaps include Taiwanese and Korean artistes. The male and female leads have not been decided yet, so we can not announce the cast. However, we have always admired Fala, and hope to be able to work together in the future.”
Another HKTVE drama, Golden Storm <黃金風暴>, is in its pre-production stages and already has a completed script. Set in the pre-modern era, the drama will revolve around the power struggles within a prominent family.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.