Steven Ma and Tavia Yeung at “Property Protector” Costume Fitting

Steven Ma‘s (馬浚偉) comeback drama, Property Protector <守業者>, began filming recently. The cast and crew attended the blessing ceremony today, marking the start of principal photography. At the event, reporters caught up with Steven and co-star Tavia Yeung (楊怡) to discuss TVB’s newly implemented filming guidelines. The two are looking forward to the promised eight-hour rest breaks, and shared their thoughts on potential filming projects.

After Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) publicly complained about the stress and anxiety she suffered due to late and incomplete scripts, TVB announced new rules stating that all scripts must reach 80 percent completion before filming can begin. To alleviate actors’ stress and to provide a healthier working environment, the company also promised 8-hour breaks between filming sessions.

At Property Protector‘s blessing ceremony, Steven and Tavia were asked to comment on these new guidelines. Both expressed disappointment that they cannot take advantage of the new rules since they have not yet come into effect. They revealed that they have received completed scripts for about ten episodes so far, and believe that the scriptwriters are making good progress.

Tavia shared that she suffers from swollen eyes due to lack of sleep, and is looking forward to having an 8-hour break. “I hope they can really grant us 8-hour rest breaks. I don’t want to be worn out from work. It is a good thing to have adequate rest. [The new rule] also shows that our boss cares for the staff.” Steven added that while he cannot yet take advantage of the longer rest break, he is satisfied with the 5 to 6 hours of sleep allowed in his current work schedule.

Recently, reports surfaced that producer Chong Wai Kin (莊偉健) has plans to turn last year’s grand production Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> into a trilogy. When asked to comment, Tavia hopes that the writers will tell a completely different story. She also wishes to collaborate with the same cast members, many of whom became close friends with Tavia during their time on-set.

Steven, who was dressed in full Republic-era costume, commented that he looks similar to characters in TVB’s popular 1980 drama Yesterday’s Glitter <京華春夢>, which starred veterans Damian Lau (劉松仁) and Liza Wang (汪明荃). Steven said he really liked Damian’s character in the series and had suggested for TVB to reboot the series so he can play the role. He also hopes to see Fala Chen (陳法拉) in Liza Wang’s role of Ho Yin Chau. When reporters brought up the fact that Fala has planned to leave TVB, Steven replied optimistically, “Even I was able to come back to film!”

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Katrine for

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  1. “he is satisfied with the 5 to 6 hours of sleep allowed in his current work schedule.”

    Being an actor is sooo tiring 🙁

    1. Yes and once you made it, the reward is such that even ordinary office worker working 24 hours a day non stop will never earn that much. Anyway, a lot of other jobs are also tiring but get paid only a fraction. Like scriptwriters in TVB.

    2. LOL a student gets about that much sleep or sometimes even less or not at all…So…

  2. (Steven) had suggested for TVB to reboot the series so he can play the role.

    And guess how tvb responded to Steven?
    I’ve always wanted to portray Damian’s role (Glitter). In fact,a few years back I even suggested that to TVB but was told to finish filming all Qing Dynasty dramas first.”


    1. could someone please translate the response by tvb? thanks so much 🙂

      1. Clamine did include the translation in the post, before the Chinese quote

  3. He’s so lang jai!!!! <3 Steven.

    He can rock any series. I know this will be great.

  4. I am seriously rooting for an amazing performance by SteVia & a very romantic storyline!!!! 😀

      1. Stevia is sweet but has a bitter aftertaste? Sounds just like all the steven-tavia collabs. Maybe you guys need to change the ship name. Kinda ominous.

  5. Steven and Tavia look so good together. I hope they’ll have a happy ending this time.

    As for Steven’s suggestion re Yesterday’s Glitter, that is such a great idea. He and Fala are the perfect choices to reprise Damien and Liza’s roles. TVB management’s lack of foresight startled me (again). I shoul

    1. Argh, iPad refresh! I should really not be surprised by TVB management’s in competence.

    2. Agree. Besides, Steven does look like 金振西!

  6. “80 percent completion before filming can begin…”- but this does not guarantee that they would decide to change the scripts as filming progresses..Let’s hope the scriptwriters don’t do a hell of a crappier job than having less than 80% of the script complete before filming after the company begins the new regulations.

    Looking forward to seeing Steven back on tvb screen! 🙂 Also hoping this time Tavia and Steven get a happy ending…they never seem to have the luck lol

  7. Many often come back to TVB after leaving so anything is possible. It is good that TVB is FINALLY making some changes and treating their cast and crew better before more and more people leave for the new companies and China.

  8. Which series did Steven film with Tavia before?? I suddenly don’t remember… It is great to see the 2 of them together again. It would be good to see a good remake of Yesterday’s Glitter. China made one a few years ago with a similar storyline but not sure if it was a remake or not. It was Jin Fen Shi Jia starring Liu Yi Fei and others that I don’t remember at the moment.I think Steven would fit the role that Damian played back then… Not sure about Fala acting in Liza’s role though.

    1. sweetness of salt, my favorite, and i loveeee the ost so much, they both sing well

    2. Sweetness of salt and a warehouse series called Cupid stupid with Michael Tse. I saw Cupid stupid DVD version.

  9. steven wanted to film a army role before he left tvb looks like this is his army role as his comeback

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