Despite the poaching battle for TVB artists, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), who rose to sudden popularity after leading for the first time in The Other Truth <真相>, was not part of the current recruitment efforts among rival television stations. He could only focus on doing his own job well at TVB. Three months after signing a management contract with TVB in August 2011, he has already earned his salary worth of $500,000 HKD, proving that there were a lot of monetary opportunities waiting at TVB too!
Earning His Worth in 3 Months
After working at ATV for six years, 34-year-old Ruco Chan joined TVB in 2008. Achieving immense popularity after the airing of The Other Truth, Ruco became highly promoted by TVB. Producer Amy Wong (王心慰) substantially increased Ruco’s screen time in ATF Counter Terrorism Unit < ATF反恐>and cast him as the male lead actor, causing Ron Ng (吳卓羲) to step aside. A month ago, Ruco signed a TVB management contract with an annual salary of $500,000 HKD.
After completing ATF Counter Terrorism Unit in September, Ruco fully immersed in earning “real” money, appearing at restaurant performances, mall promotions, travel agency shows, and insurance seminars, accepting all forms of short-term advertising. In the last two months, Ruco took on nearly twenty outside jobs, excluding his normal filming requirements and appearances in TVB variety programs. His income from these outside shows already amounted to $500,000 HKD, allowing Ruco to achieve his salary target within three months. Any additional jobs will become incremental income.
Fans Fighting To Kiss Him
Ruco revealed, “Many jobs were offered to me after the broadcast of The Other Truth, such as the insurance seminar. The insurance company felt that my lawyer image was deeply ingrained [in the public’s minds] and was convinced I possessed the adequate life-experience, since the press dubbed me as a ‘dead fish revived after 17 years.’ As for the Alainmikli optical ad, many customers called to ask about their glasses after I wore the brand in The Other Truth. Thus, Alainmikli decided to ask me to film an advertisement for their optical line.”
Staying at TVB posed a lucky streak for Ruco Chan. On October 12th, Ruco appeared as a guest performer at god-sister, Suzan Guterres’ (李麗霞) concert. In the same evening, Ruco flew to Melbourne, Australia to appear as a special guest at a local Asian beauty pageant. Closely following will be appearances in Macau, Zhuhai, Malaysia, and Vancouver.
At Suzan Guterres’ concert, Ruco was the first performer to appear due to his need to take a subsequent flight to Australia. Ruco sang Latent <潛伏>, the theme song to The Other Truth and Jacky Cheung’s (張學友) Unwilling to Let You Go <怎麼捨得你>. Ruco and god-sister Suzan Guterrez sang the duet, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow <明天你是否依然愛我>, after which a large group of female fans rushed to the side of the stage to offer lucky packets, hugging and kissing him. Ruco was very responsive to his fans.
Three Series On Hand
At 9 PM that evening, Ruco arrived at the Hong Kong airport while accompanied by his manager to take an 11 PM flight to Melbourne, Australia. Ruco’s excited fans rushed to the airport via taxicabs to bid farewell to him.
In December, Ruco will be filming TVB series, Big Eunuch <大太監>with Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Maggie Cheung (張可頤). After which, Ruco will film The Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang <酉陽雜俎> with Bosco Wong (黃宗澤)and Aimee Chan (陳茵媺). Including ATF Counter Terrorism Unit, Ruco will have three series on hand. Perhaps he will attain even greater opportunities in the coming year!
Source: Next Magazine # 1128
Jayne: Not bad, so Ruco is slated to earn under a cool million (HKD) this year. Since he is pegged to win the Most Improved Actor Award this year, his appearance fees should only rise, helping him earn even more money next year!
Hong Kong tabloids are quite resourceful in giving us an idea of how much money celebrities earn, even leaking very specific appearance fees!