Selena Li’s Salary Doubles After Renewing TVB Contract

By on April 3, 2014 in NEWS

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Although TVB is under fire for its alleged plans to cut wages and dismiss some of its artistes, Selena Li (李詩韻) has luckily cut a better deal. At a show taping on April 2, Selena revealed that she has renewed her contract with a doubled salary. She also defended TVB, saying that the company has given her plenty of opportunity to earn additional income.

TVB recently received criticism over its decision to remove long-time children’s program host Helen Tam (譚玉瑛) from her current position in favor of a younger cast. The station reportedly forced Helen to sign a different contract that would make her just a consultant for her show and at a significantly lowered wage. Later, the media reported that TVB has been asking its artistes to sit down with its top executives. Those who failed the interview would be punished by salary cuts or even face termination.

TVB executives denied these rumors on April 2, saying that they are meeting with artistes in order to discover and promote those with hidden talents and untapped potential. They also dismissed claims that they are cutting wages and firing artistes, explaining that they have no plans to do so since they are currently dealing with a shortage.

While most of the news regarding TVB’s artiste management has been negative of late, Selena’s honesty about her new contract shows a different side to the story. Renewing her contract for five more years, Selena admits that the station has doubled her salary, which she celebrated by investing in a small residence. Working at TVB for ten years, Selena shares that she has a good relationship with the company and is happy with her given opportunities. “Some people have said that the company does not allow them to film overseas. However, I was able to film two series last year, one for Singapore, and one for Mainland China.”

Source: Ming Pao; Oriental Daily

This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.

78 comments to Selena Li’s Salary Doubles After Renewing TVB Contract

  1. Hannah says:

    That’s good to hear. She’s not a bad actress. Better than many.

    Well, when you’re not filming series after series, you’ll have time to film elsewhere like Kevin for BBJX. So, a blessing in disguise I supposed.

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    • fann replied:

      Selena, happy for you.

      You are a good actress and a truly beautiful woman.

      It’s about time you get the recognition which you have patiently and painstakingly earned. You deserves all the accolades.

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  2. yeo says:

    Can’t wait to see her in more tvb dramas. She looks gorgeous :).

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  3. AC says:

    Glad to see her renew- I really like her!

    I watched the Scoop clip of the executives talking to the artists and it’s basically like a performance review you would get at work. It seems like a good thing because the artists are able to tell them more about themselves to see how else they can be utilized. They also denied the salary cuts and any terminations since they need people. I wonder if it’s the same tabloids that keep spreading the false information…

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    • Bubblez replied:

      Thanks for the extra information!
      It seems good for TVB to take a proactive role in knowing what artistes need and how they can be used.

      I also like her. Her current drama ‘Spouse for House’ is currently showing and it’s very entertaining 🙂

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  4. jokes says:

    Looks like tvb is planning on keeping Selina and Ron.. With positive news about the 2 both are in high demand

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    • Local boy replied:

      TVB should just chuck Ron away. He’s hot headed, with limited acting capabilities, and a ‘permanent expression’ plastic face.

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      • jokes replied:

        Nah tvb needs someone to do got headed roles and everyone limited to acting capacities Ron is a usable actor the guy is friendly in interviews and never hot headed so that means Ron can act

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      • jokes replied:

        Selina in a recent interview said Wayne is like being himself when his acting so what does that mean

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      • jokes replied:

        Tvb won’t chuck Ron away but they won’t promote him heavy all they will do is give him meaty roles anyone can do Ron is convincing in anyrole and a rating puller his got a army based of fans

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    • jokes replied:

      Because Ron is housewives and young girls eye candy

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  5. Chriselle says:

    Selena has been so quiet in her TVB career in the last few years, esp. the last year. She hasn’t been given many opportunities to film any memorable roles at all.

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  6. dude says:

    she is hot.good she got a pay rize.too bad she is not promoted enough.
    i wonder if she follows the maple leafs?

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  7. mun hon says:

    hot hot hot

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  8. holidayNo.1 says:

    i haven’t seen selena in tvb since she film a bit
    of tvb tv films but not much from last much at all last
    year she haven’t give n or said she would have opportunities to say she wanted to film

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  9. holidayNo.1 says:

    year not much sorry

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  10. holidayNo.1 says:

    i think so too…………..

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  11. Larry 3 says:

    Her recent interview in Singapore paint quite of picture at TVB… She speaks in English in this interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRde3OF2pKk

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    • Hannah replied:

      Thanks for sharing!

      Never knew Selena speaks English that fluent. Hehe I agree with Funn that she’s very feminine, lol I wonder if she did her makeup bc she looked natural there. She’s probably one of the few who does her own makeup in series, which explains the natural and not OTT look.

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      • tvbfanatic replied:

        Why not? She’s a Canadian (although born in Hong Kong) and lived a good part of her life in Canada didn’t she?

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      • Her younger sister is my friend and they both speak fluent English..

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      • Fiona replied:

        Isn’t it a given?
        Canada= English and French as official languages.
        If they went to school here, obv. their english is decent. aside from immigrating here to a young age. if you follow selena on fb, you would kno that Selena is a Canadian Citizen.. meaning that her english is decent.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Not necessarily. If a person immigrates here at a young age (under 12), usually his/her English is more than decent. However, if a person immigrates here at the age of 14 or over and he/she hangs around with Hong Kong or Mainland Chinese kids, his/her English is barely acceptable and speaks with Chinese accents. Also it depends on where he/she lives, if he/she lives in small towns with fewer Chinese, then his/her English will be okay even if the kid immigrates here after age 14. Toronto and Vancouver are not good places for Chinese teenaged immigrants to learn good English.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        As per Wikipedia, Kenneth Ma is also a Canadian citizen because he immigrated with his parents here at the age of 16 or 17 and he lived a few years in Vancouver to study his B.Sc. (in Engineering) at UBC. Everyone knows that Kenneth Ma’s English (especially spoken) is pretty bad for someone who had lived here for over 6 years as a young man.

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      • Lindie replied:

        @ sandcherry
        the sentence ‘Toronto and Vancouver are not good places for Chinese teenaged immigrants to learn good English.’ and your other posts is very stereotypical.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Sorry…… I meant there are too many Chinese in these two places, and Chinese tend to hang around with Chinese. As a result, it is not the best place for Chinese kids to “perfect” a language here. The other choice is mix with more local Canadians (non-Chinese speaking people).

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      • MW replied:

        “he immigrated with his parents here at the age of 16 or 17”

        No wonder Kenneth Ma’s spoken English is not good. Even if someone immigrates at a much earlier age (around 8-yo), it depends on the person’s willingness to learn a new language and accept a new culture.

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      • Natalie replied:

        @sandcherry continues to be stereotypical.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        “Everyone knows that Kenneth Ma’s English (especially spoken) is pretty bad ”

        Not pretty bad but very very bad, Selena speaks very very good english and eloquently. I don’t hear any HK accent or any heavy Canadian accent (like Aimee or Linda) but normal accent that isn’t very like “Oh my gawdddddddddddd” type.

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      • Tia replied:

        do you have a link? right i suppose you speak non-accented english.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Thanks for your video clip. Selena speaks very good English in the interview ……….. she has not lost her English even after living in Hong Kong for 11 years. She speaks very much like a C.B.C.

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      • Brittany replied:

        she wasnt born in canada. though she grew up here untill miss hk

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      • sandcherry replied:

        I just said Selena Li speaks VERY MUCH like a CBC. I know she is not a CBC. However, if she started school in Toronto at the age of 6 until age 22, she should speak like a CBC. Also she mentioned at one of her interviews in Hong Kong that she cannot read or write Chinese.

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      • Brittany replied:

        its not a big deal.. she immigranted here at a young age, became a canadian before miss hk… so not certain why you are so surprise to see that her eng is fine.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        First, I have never heard Selena Li speaking English in an interview. Secondly, it was some other reader who said “Never knew Selena speaks English that fluent”. I was just stating the fact after I listened to her interview on the link posted.

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      • Rea replied:

        I had been a loyal fan of her. If people like selena had done there studies in canada or englishspeaking countries, their english had to be decent.

        & she wont lose her english because shes been using it since she was 6 til much of her life.

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  12. P. Tan says:

    Thanks for the video clip, Larry3, an interesting interview between Selina and the 2 Singapore newscasters. She speaks quite clearly though I must say I must get used to her American accent. I like her and her acting too and hope she continues to be happy in her work. Hurray for her increased salary as she truly deserves it.

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    • Diana replied:

      shes a canadian. not an american fyi

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    • Larry 3 replied:

      That not American accent, she still has the accent from mix w/ Hong Kong tongue.

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      • gigi replied:

        everyone has an accent.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        Yes everyone has broken English accent syndrome.

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      • Brittany replied:

        what do you mean by broken english accent?

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Selena Li does not have “broken English accent” in her interview (as per video clip).

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    • d replied:

      Larry: she does not have a broken English accent…

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      • MW replied:

        Sounds like Selena is intentionally using Singlish for the purpose of this interview.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        It was a joke… ha ha ha

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  13. Funn Lim says:

    Not a fan of her fluffy acting but she is pretty and feminine and she speaks very good English without an ott accent.

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    • Diana replied:

      she is born in canada.. came from the same place as aimee. english has to be decent.

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      • Diana replied:

        or from canada

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      • tvbfanatic replied:

        Born in Hong Kong I believe… but brought up in Canada.

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      • toni replied:

        I always thought she lived in hk

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Selena Li was born in Hong Kong, but raised in Toronto, Canada. She immigrated to Toronto with her family at a young age (6 or so). She was a contestant from Toronto to participate in 2003 Miss Hong Kong Beauty Pageant Show, and was the winner of Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic.

        I think she cannot read or write Chinese. She can speak Cantonese, English, French, and a little bit of Mandarin. She graduated from the University of Toronto in Commerce with a B.Comm.

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      • omg replied:

        Not necessarily true. Look at KM, brought up in Canada, graduated from University of British Columbia but English sucks.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Kenneth Ma immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., with his parents at the age of 16. A person’s English is usually established with accents (the place where he is born and raised) at the age of 16. The best age for a Chinese person to learn English with no Chinese accents should be age 10 or under.

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      • karen replied:

        maybe kenneth hung out with only chinese friends?
        most of the asian kids hang out with their own race/ethnicity lol

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  14. Fox says:

    Great to hear because I like her.

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  15. buzz says:

    I think she’s got the looks, unfortunately, she cannot act to save her life.

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    • Nigel replied:

      A lot of actresses can’t act when they first started people like Charmaine sucks big time when she debuts but she was given dramas after dramas that she has got no choice but to improve. Selina was not as lucky as her. She was given mainly insignificant roles all the time. Hard for her to improve

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      • buzz replied:

        She was co-lead actress in SBH, her acting was disastrous to say the least. She ties with Aimee in the bad department but at least Aimee has some rare good moments sometimes.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        No one is better then Amiee. Amiee just suck. Eliza is overrated.

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      • d replied:

        i also prefer her over aimee and especially eliza lol
        eliza should is bad. realllly bad…

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    • daisy replied:

      I prefer her over Aimee or Eliza!

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  16. lawls says:

    Great i like her! I hope she get lead roles in the coming future because she deserves it:)

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  17. Best says:

    She has a youtube channel SelanaBeautyTips.

    Tvb should promote her than Aimee.

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  18. bubbles says:

    yay~ She’s such a good actress and pretty too! sucks that tvb promoted other people like Eliza and Aimee

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  19. irene says:

    She gets prettier as years pass by.

    In fact she looks glowing!

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  20. Corina says:

    oh gosh. not kenneth ma.

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  21. Ravenz says:

    Absolutely love her! Definitely prefer her over Aimee & Eliza. Current ones that I really look forward to see is Tracy Chu, Selina and Tracy Ip

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  22. Vivian Wang says:

    Had been a loyal fan of her. Selina is so beautiful and talented. 🙂

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  23. Nimrod says:

    Trailer of her English drama in Singapore.
    http://youtu.be/1YbBIHGaCZQ

    IIRC,She can read and write Chinese. Check out her Instagram @selenaliswan where she sometimes write in Chinese.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Really? I remember watching Selena Li on a TVB program. She was interviewed by the host before her travel show visiting some religious cities with a church minister, Mr. Lam. Mr. Lam said it would be really difficult for Selena to say the names of those places in Chinese as she does not read or write Chinese. Selena said she had to memorize them through translation.

      Don’t know which one is true …….

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        Probably at the start of her acting career she did not know at all. After she gain experience, Im sure she know some words and read chinese at a beginner level.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        The interview that I watched was in “The Green Room” in either 2012 or 2013, not that long ago. It was for the travel show to Israel with 林以諾牧師 …..(以諾遊蹤).

        I don’t know much about Selena Li and have never visited her Face Book or Weibo Blog.

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  24. Hannahh says:

    I like Selena, she is pretty good actress. Havent seen her on TVB lately, hope to see her more!

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  25. thewong says:

    Depending on where you live, you may be able to watch episodes of her English-language Singaporean sitcom here…

    http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/tv/channel-5/programmes/SpouseForHouse.aspx

    Or search for videos of “Spouse for House.”

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  26. Funn Lim says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QBTnRVzmsQ

    She speaks very eloquently and her English is very good. I really like the fact that she didn’t adopt a more accented sort of english and speaks naturally without the R sounds emphasised by many actresses who were born or raised in Canada/US.

    In fact I am impressed with her except I wish her acting was as impressive. I do think she should have her own show in TV, not acting but since she is good with make up maybe a show empowering women through fashion, makeup, that sort.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Funn:
      Thanks for your link. I watched her interviews on both links posted on this article. I liked her interview on the other link more. She speaks too fast on your link. It seems that she was being “chased” by some one.

      I never noticed that Selena does not emphasize her “R” in her conversations. She might have forgotten the proper way of pronouncing “R” in Canada after living in Hong Kong for so many years!! Just joking! I agree that most Canadians do emphasize their “R”, but I seem to like it after listening to it for a while.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Personally I think it has to do with Selena Li’s voice. It is a bit monotonous …… rather flat and soft. When an artiste speaks her dialogues, it should have highs and lows, and not flat throughout. This is my personal opinion only.

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