Above: Felix To, Mark Lee, and Sandy Yu are among the executives leaving.
Amid growing pressure from the executive board over TVB’s lack of profitability, CEO Mark Lee (李寶安) retired in May and transitioned to a consultant role. Since the arrival of new chairman Thomas Hui (許濤), TVB has been going through significant internal changes and management turnover. The latest executive to leave is Deputy General Manager Felix To (杜之克).
The move follows after Sandy Yu (余詠珊), head of variety programming, resigned along with her husband Herman Ho‘s (何哲圖) retirement from his CEO position at TVB’s sister company, Voice Entertainment.
Both Sandy Yu and Felix To were highly favored by Mark Lee. As Felix oversaw drama and variety show production, his departure naturally shifts more power towards Eric Tsang (曾志偉) and Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍). Although the duo are focused on variety show and music programming, they are allegedly sidestepping into drama management due to the station’s urgent need to improve all productions, and have formed alliances with managers Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), and Virginia Lok (樂易玲).
Prior to Felix’s resignation, he was overseeing two Hong Kong-China collaborations. One drama is based on the Miss Hong Kong pageant experience. Since the funding has been cut, there is less budget for external actors, but Crystal Fung (馮盈盈) and Jessica Kan (簡淑兒) are still in the cast. Another drama, Forensic Heroes V <法證先鋒 V >, seems to be unaffected by Felix’s resignation and will start filming in September. Pakho Chau (周柏豪) is still headlining the drama.
Working at TVB for almost 10 years, Felix completed many projects including opening TVB’s paid channel myTV SUPER. He played an integral part in many Hong Kong-China collaborations that aired on Chinese platforms, including My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> and Wonder Women <多功能老婆>. He oversaw the creation of well-received local dramas, such as Hong Kong Love Stories <香港愛情故事>, which was headlined by younger artistes and enabled Katy Kung (龔嘉欣) to win the My Favorite Female Character award.
More staffing changes are expected at TVB in the weeks ahead, leaving many employees nervous about their job stability.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.