TVBC Offers Charmaine Sheh 50 Million RMB Contract
Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) may have left TVB and given up her title as their reigning Number One Sister, but her market in mainland China continues to grow at a phenomenal speed. It’s rumored that Huayi Brothers Media offered an 80 million RMB contract in order to get the TV Queen to sign with them.
Ever since Charmaine headed up north, she maintains a tight schedule. And with activities lined up for the rest of the year, it was revealed that her only free time to film for TVB would be in 2014. Since her previous TVB dramas, War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>, Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, and Can’t Buy Me Love <公主嫁到> have proven to be successful in China, the three major companies have already sent out offers to Charmaine ever since her contract with her first entertainment company expired in March.
TVBC Offers a $50 Million Contract
While Charmaine still has not decided on which company to work with, TVB is actually pulling strings to get Charmaine to sign with them again. TVB China, the joint venture between TVB, China Media Capital (CMC), and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), sent out representatives to negotiate the details of a proposed contract with Charmaine earlier.
Charmaine has maintained a good relationship with TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), and it was rumored that Ms. Lok took part in drawing up the 50 million RMB agreement for the 38-year-old actress to sign. Ms. Lok made sure the contract was tempting enough to draw Charmaine’s attention. Besides only being contracted for a short period of three years, Charmaine would also get an opportunity to work with Tony Leung (梁家輝).
In response to the heated battle, Charmaine said, “Since my contract with my old company expired in March, I’ve been rethinking about who I want to work with in the future. Both Huayi Brothers and TVBC have offered great conditions but my main worry is the length of the contract. I’m getting old now, I don’t want to give myself so much pressure!”
Charmaine also denied that Huayi offered her 80 million RMB and said the number was exaggerated. She continued to stress that she needs more time to think about the options and her previous relationship with TVB will not affect her final decision because her main goal is still to work in mainland.
Ms. Lok said, “Of course I want Charmaine back with TVB but since she’s popular, a lot of companies are fighting too! The offer amount is confidential. I don’t want to reveal too much; however, the price is not the main negotiation point, factors such as relationship terms between company and artistes are taken into consideration.”
More TVB Artists to Leave?
Besides Charmaine, who left in 2011, many artists’ contracts are expiring. Earlier this year, both Fala Chen (陳法拉) and Michael Tse (謝天華) decided to head off in different directions. As well, Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Moses Chan (陳豪), Raymond Lam (林峯), and Selena Li’s (李詩韻) contracts all expire in 2014. While the management team is desperately trying to retain the actors, some have already started to head up north for more opportunities.
Kevin Cheung’s (鄭嘉穎) popularity rose since Bu Bu Jing Xin<步步驚心> and it is estimated that his pay is roughly 500,000 RMB an episode. Since his popularity continues to skyrocket, there is a high possibility that Kevin will not renew his contract when it expires in 2016.
TVB’s only hopes right now are with Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) and Kate Tsui (徐子珊), who are both tied down with 5 to 8 year agreements. Because of this factor, both Linda and Kate have been heavily promoted, with Linda starring in Tiger Cubs 2 <飛虎 II> and Kate given the chance to work with Dayo Wong <飛虎 II> in My Prime Lady <My盛Lady>.
Source: Ming Pao Weekly via ihktv.com
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.