Insiders are saying that TVB has a new contract that allows artistes the freedom to appear on other Hong Kong television broadcasters.
For years, TVB maintained a strong monopoly hold on the Hong Kong television industry. Artistes who signed a contract with TVB were not allowed to make appearances on other television stations, even if it was to promote their own work.
But with the recent exodus of TVB talents and the struggle to convince ex-TVB artistes to return, it appears that the Hong Kong television giant is reconsidering its strict requirements.
TVB has six known contract types: the management contract, the general artiste contract, the outsource contract, the singer contract, and the agent contract. Each contract has its own separate set of requirements and arrangements, but they all share one common agreement: contracted artistes are not allowed to appear on other Hong Kong television stations.
But this is apparently changing.
According to various sources, several artistes have already signed a new TVB contract, which allows artistes to accept up to six outside jobs, including appearances on other television stations.
TVB artistes such Burning Hands <莊思敏> star Jacquelin Ch’ng (莊思敏) and Tianjin-born actress Snowy Bai (白雲) have admitted that they signed the new contract. Jacquelin said, “Six shows per year, I get to appear on other television stations. There is more freedom, but I don’t see my career being affected too much by it.”
Jacquelin said despite the extra freedom, she won’t be appearing on non-TVB shows anytime soon. “My priority is still TVB. I’ll consider the other ones after that.”
It has been hypothesized by netizens that the purpose of the new contract is to retain its talents from leaving, but not all actors are interested in returning. Eric Li (李天翔), who ended his contract with TVB in May, said, “I was asked to come back for Sinister Beings <逆天奇案>, but it clashed with my film schedule. If [TVB] wants me back, I’ll definitely come back and help out if I have the time, but I have no interest in signing a contract. I want to have more time to search for other things that I may find suitable.” Eric’s last TVB drama is anniversary drama The Man Who Kills Trouble <解決師>.
More freedom leads to more job opportunities, but it has been said that not many artistes are willing to move out of their comfort zone to appear on other broadcasting stations. According to reports, many artistes do not want to carry the label of “traitor”.
Nonetheless, this new contract can benefit “green leaf” actors or struggling rookies who are finding their careers at TVB plateauing. The freedom to appear on other broadcasters may help boost their careers.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.