New Hong Kong television station, City Telecom (CTI) will be breaking ground on the construction of its production facilities today. Former TVB artist, Felix Wong (黃日華), even appeared in a lion dance with Ricky Wong (王維基) to commemorate the groundbreaking event! Facing a mass exodus of production staff and artists to CTI, TVB management have been separately talking to artists, even using the “friendship card” to persuade them to renew their contracts early! It was known that Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Ben Wong (黃智賢), and Angela Tong (湯盈盈) have demonstrated their loyalty by signing renewal contracts with TVB for several years!
Wayne Lai Satisfied With His Salary
In a telephone interview, Wayne Lai admitted that he had just renewed his contract with TVB under the guidance of Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), who had always favored Wayne. Wayne revealed, “We discussed wages and the length of the contract. I am very satisfied with the salary.” (The terms offered by outside companies did not tempt you?) “My upcoming work is scheduled until August of this year. Afterward, the work arrangements are not finalized yet. I cannot commit to others’ offers. Moreover, I will not give up the Hong Kong market. While filming in mainland China in the past, I would be facing the wall [in the hotel] after getting off from work. I have a family and such working arrangements are not very suitable for me!”
Ben Wong and Angela Tong Renew Contracts
Receiving the 2011 TVB Best Supporting Actor Award, Ben Wong signed a management contract with TVB. Indicating that Catherine Tsang and Virginia Lok (樂易玲) met with him separately, Ben received a significant salary increase. Ben said, “I have collaborated with TVB for many years. TVB expressed their sincerity. Since the offered conditions were quite good, I would like to continue to work together.” Ben also revealed that his screen time in Fight Crime <雷霆掃毒> has been increased, offering him further performance opportunities.
With her first job at TVB, Angela Tong admitted that she had renewed a management contract. “I am unwilling to leave. I know everyone here and have a sense of belonging!” (Are you waiting to get married?) “Renewing my contract, of course I will work hard instead!”
In addition,TVB Deputy Director of External Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming (曾醒明), indicated that the company will continue with its usual activities, without a need to counter Ricky Wong’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Excerpt from Oriental Daily
Jayne: Wayne Lai loves his wife and son and clearly values time spent with family, as indicated in his interviews and his family attendance of many of Wayne’s past events. It is good to hear that Wayne and Ben Wong both received good salaries under their contract renewals.
Did Ben Wong recieve more screen time because of Raymond Lam’s nerve pain? Wonder if Raymond’s screen time might be reduced?