Yoyo Mung (蒙嘉慧) and Frankie Lam (林文龍) will star in HKTV’s new series Skynet <天網>. Yoyo expressed excitement over her new project, but kept mum on her rumored 7-digit salary. Both Yoyo and Frankie showed their support for the new TV station, confident that the Hong Kong government will grant them the free-to-air license soon.
Since ending her contract with TVB in March, Yoyo has been rumored to be in negotiations with rival station HKTV. Yoyo admitted to the reports, saying that she is simply looking for a platform to pursue acting and will consider any and all offers.
At today’s press event, HKTV officially announced Yoyo’s participation. HKTV Chairman Ricky Wong (王維基) and CEO To Wai Bing (杜惠冰) attended the event. Both presented a birthday cake to Yoyo to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday on August 3.
Yoyo has signed a per-series contract with HKTV, at a rumored price of $1 million HKD for a 20-episode series. When asked about HKTV’s lack of broadcast license, Yoyo said, “That is not something for us to worry about. The most important thing is the work process. Throughout all these years of filming, I have never once worried about when a series will make it on the air. The broadcast date would not matter at all if we are unhappy about filming in any way.” Asked to confirm her rumored salary, Yoyo replied, “Let’s not worry about that. I will only say that I am absolutely satisfied by my compensation!”
Skynet is a cyber crime series that also stars Frankie Lam. The drama will focus on various computer crime cases such as cyber bullying, cyber fraud, and violations of cyber security. Yoyo and Frankie will play members of the Technology Crime Division, working together to solve these invisible crimes. The series is set to begin filming in September.
A vocal supporter of HKTV, Frankie Lam once again expressed confidence in his current employer. When asked to comment on the licensing issue, Frankie said that he could not see a reason why the government would not go ahead with the process, and remarked that a civilized government would surely keep its promise.
Earlier, veteran actor Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) publicly stated his support for HKTV, saying that having a new station will give viewers more choices. At Skynet‘s press conference, Ricky Wong thanked Chow Yun Fat for his encouragement, praising him for being fair and sensible. “Fat Gor truly understands moral principles! He is unlike any other. He is fair and believes in justice…. Our cast and crew, and even our viewers, are also wishing for more choices.”
Ricky Wong also addressed several recent rumors regarding his company. Some reports say that HKTV was forced to cut out many lengthy footage from comedy series My Mother is Black Rose <我阿媽係黑玫瑰>, causing the company to lose approximately $2 million HKD. When asked to comment, Ricky Wong said, “It was more than $2 million. We have high expectations for our scripts, and want the plot to be interesting and concise. The story was going slowly so we decided to speed it up. We wouldn’t want to turn one cup of orange juice into three.”
When asked about earlier reports that several HKTV artists have left the company, Ricky Wong replied, “Yes. A business organization would normally have people leave and new colleagues coming in. When people leave, it means that either they are not happy with the organization, or the organization is not satisfied with their performance. This is a very natural part of the business world…to my knowledge there were only one or two who left, including Ding Chu Wai (丁主惠), who was previously injured.” Asked if any production crew chose to leave, Ricky Wong said that none has left so far and shared that they have a three-year contract that will be in effect until the end of next year.
Ricky further revealed that HKTV will film 10 to 15 additional dramas over the next 6 months, and planned to increase its staff of artists from 250 to 300. When asked if he will continue to pressure the government to respond to his licensing petition, he said, “It may be way more effective if my media friends do so instead!”
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.