In an attempt to retain Steven Ma (馬浚偉),who expressed his desire to leave the company, TVB allegedly offered to give Steven the “My Favorite Male Character Award” for his performance in The Life and Times of a Sentinel <紫禁驚雷. Steven was unmoved and allegedly met with Charmaine Sheh’s (佘詩曼) management company secretly. Both parties have almost completed their negotiations and were only waiting for Steven to sign his commitment after his TVB contract ends. Unable to retain Steven, TVB allegedly will give the “My Favorite Male Character Award” to the immensely popular, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) instead!
With his contract expiring in June 2012 and unable to get along with TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Steven planned to leave TVB a long time ago. Since TVB Deputy Chairman, Mona Fong (方逸華), singled out Steven and wanted him to remain at the company, Stephen Chan (陳志雲) has personally been discussing the contract matters with Steven. Although Steven indicated early on that he wished to terminate his contract with TVB, he did not eliminate the possibility of signing a per series contract with TVB and film series when time permits.
Kevin Cheng Immensely Popular
Unable to retain Steven, TVB resorted to heavily promoting its “biological children.” Allegedly, the “My Favorite Male Character Award” will be given to Kevin Cheng, who became immensely popular after the airing of Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭>. Kevin, Jazz Lam (林子善)and Sam Lee (李璨琛) filmed an outdoor scene for Ghetto Justice 2 at a tea restaurant in the Sham Shui Po district earlier. At the time, a dog owner walked by and Kevin stepped forward to play with the dog.
The filming of Ghetto Justice 2 attracted a large pedestrian gathering. A young female student shouted, “I’m really happy to see Kevin Cheng!” During the filming break, Kevin and Jazz Lam ate at a nearby Thai restaurant. The onlookers approached Kevin’s side, asking for autographs and photos, to which he complied with all requests and was very friendly with everyone. Realizing that Kevin was bombarded, Jazz offered his help, “We have to eat now!” Jazz pulled Kevin away from the crowd.
Steven Ma Refuses to Appear at TVB Anniversary
Yesterday, Steven Ma and Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) appeared at a Clarks shoes store opening. Steven revealed that TVB invited him to attend the TVB Anniversary in December, sparking speculations that TVB wished to give him an award in order to retain him at the company.
On November 1st, Steven will film a mainland China series, The Founding of the Yuan Empire <建元風雲>, with Charmaine Sheh and Hu Jun (胡軍). Due to the filming schedule, Steven did not agree to appear at the upcoming TVB Anniversary. Asked if TVB’s invitation meant that Steven had the possibility of receiving the Best Actor Award, Steven said, “I do not believe so; I do not think that will happen!” (Did one of the negotiation terms with TVB involve awards?) “I do not act in series with the sole intention of receiving awards. I do not live my life to barter for other things. My goal is to film good series.” (What are your feelings regarding awards?) “My feelings are similar to my character in The Founding of the Yuan Empire, in which I play a monk. Perhaps, I will first attain undisturbed quietude of the heart.”
Steven continued, “Actually, I don’t need TVB to give me any rewards. I have always possessed a good relationship with the company, but felt that a management contract did not suit my needs and thus wished to terminate the contract. The negotiation process has been enjoyable thus far. Prior to leaving, I hope a clear direction will be established.” (But TVB hopes you will return?) “Perhaps they want me to appear as an award presenter, for categories such as the Best Newcomer or Most Improved awards. Currently, I do not know whether I will be nominated in any awards categories. If that happens, it will be for my performance in The Life and Times of a Sentinel.”
Regarding recent tabloid claims that Charmaine Sheh betrayed TVB by attempting to recruit artists to join her at a rival television station, Steven did not believe in the rumors. “Charmaine’s manager already issued a statement. I believe this may be a misunderstanding. I do not believe Charmaine is involved in any planning or administrative matters.”
Jayne: I think there is a high chance that Kevin Cheng will receive the “My Favorite Male Character Award” while Michael Tse will receive the “Best Actor Award” at the TVB Anniversary. Although Steven Ma expressed the desire to receive the “Best Actor Award” in the past, the moment is now over and he has set his horizons on mainland China instead.
What does Steven want from TVB now, just to be set free?