Raymond Lam Denies Virginia Lok Asked Him to Leave TVB
Raymond Lam (林峯) treated the cast and crew of Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三國> to 5-table dinner last night, celebrating the good ratings results in its first week of broadcast. Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), and Kaki Leung (梁嘉琪) were also present. Three Kingdoms RPG averaged 30 points last week, peaking at 34 points. Despite the upcoming broadcast of the London 2012 Olympics, Raymond remained confident that local audiences will continue to support the drama.
Since his good friend, Ron Ng (吳卓羲), openly declared that Viann Zhang (张馨予) was his girlfriend, Raymond was drilled as to whether he will be as transparent in handling his love affairs. Surprisingly, Raymond was unaware that Ron had openly acknowledged that he and Viann were dating. In comparison to Ron, Raymond was much more low profile. Since the exposure of bed photos with ex-girlfriend, Mavis Pan (潘霜霜), in March 2011, Raymond has not had an official girlfriend since.
Claiming that he was still looking for the right person, Raymond said, “If the timing were right and I wished to reveal it, then I will do so, which is normal.” He added that if the public acknowledgement made his girlfriend happy and he was comfortable about an open declaration, he will do so.
At the celebratory dinner for Three Kingdoms RPG, Raymond especially invited former TVB producer, Lau Ka Ho (劉家豪)–who currently works for now TV–to attend. Mr. Lau is extremely satisfied with the ratings performance of the drama. Raymond was glad that the audience enjoyed the drama as well. Raymond said, “I have worked with Producer Lau in 4 dramas and the ratings were all very good! The roles were custom-tailored for me.” Audiences found that Raymond was a suitable casting choice for the role of brilliant military strategist, Zhuge Liang.
Raymond has been making increasing strides in the film and music industries, aggressively performing in three continents this year alone. Since Raymond currently films only one TVB drama per year, the opportunities to see his TVB colleagues has decreased. As per his generous habit in treating others, Raymond footed the dinner bill last night. He said, “It is very fortunate to be able to see our colleagues over dinner tonight!”
Virginia Lok Not Leaving TVB?
Earlier, there were rumors that TVB executive, Virginia Lok, will be leaving the company in October to work for Shaw Brothers’ new management company. It was reported that Ms. Lok will likely bring along popular TVB artists, Raymond Lam, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), and Myolie Wu (胡杏兒). While pledging his loyalty to Ms. Lok, Raymond and Myolie noted that they still have outstanding contracts with TVB for a period of time. Raymond denied rumors that he will be leaving TVB. Raymond said, “Ms. Lok has not asked me to leave TVB. As long as Ms. Lok is at TVB, I will not leave.”
Ms. Lok has since denied that she will leave TVB to work for Mona Fong (方逸華) at Shaw Brothers. She said, “Each time there are rumors that I am leaving, TVB will increase my salary! It’s great!”
TVB majority shareholder, Charles Chan (陳國強), also denied that Ms. Lok will be leaving the company at yesterday’s 45th TVB Anniversary group photo session. Mr. Chan said, “Ms. Fong (Mona Fong) did not leave TVB; she is still a shareholder. She will return to TVB for meetings. Ms. Lok has always been involved with Shaw Brothers’ movies, so it is not correct that rumors claim Ms. Lok is going to work at the film studio!”
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Jayne: I wouldn’t be too sure to say that Virginia Lok is definitely staying at TVB. What I notice is that TVB’s most popular artists (Raymond Lam, Myolie Wu, Kevin Cheng, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, etc.) are now focusing on mainland China and filming less and less for TVB.
This is an odd strategy for TVB, when the “television wars” are supposed to erupt in Hong Kong this year. CTI is seen as a big threat to TVB, signing many well known artists to film for them. If Ms. Lok were truly staying at TVB and concerned about the well-being of the company, certainly it is an odd strategy to deploy its best “warriors” away from Hong Kong now, while casting newcomers such as Priscilla Wong to hold the fort in new dramas such as “Heart Road GPS”? All for some quick commissions that TVB is about to earn?
Something is brewing and I sense there will be more management changes at TVB to erupt. Already, we are seeing new producers rise at TVB, with new artists being promoted. This seems very uncharacteristic of Ms. Lok’s old ways. Does she have one foot out the door already? If not Shaw Brothers, it can be Huayi Brothers!