Ricky Wong locks his TVB artist targets, Tavia Yeung tempted, Myolie Wu surprised, Tuesday September 27, 2011
Sep 27 2011, 08:51 PM
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Source: Oriental Daily
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Ricky Wong locks his TVB artist targets, Tavia Yeung tempted, Myolie Wu surprised
Recently known as the 'Telecom Devil', City Telecom Chairman Ricky Wong has been poaching many TVB scriptwriters for higher salaries. Yesterday the Devil strikes again, sending out 'poaching SMS' to nearly 100 TVB artists and behind-the-scenes staff!
It was said, Ricky has already locked his targets on three TVB FaDan and Siu Sangs including Bowie Lam, Steven Ma, Kevin Cheng, Tavia Yeung, Myolie Wu and Bernice Liu. Ricky plans to increase his poaching efforts on his targets. Even Joe Ma, who Virgina Lok is currently trying hard to pull back is part of the 'purchase' line up.
The 'poaching SMS' madly circulated in TVB yesterday, many Siu Sangs and FaDans admitted that they received the SMS including Moses Chan, Bosco Wong, Myolie Wu, Tavia Yeung, Linda Chung and Samantha Ko. Among them, Tavia was feeling an itch! During a radio interview with Eileen Cha, she expressed her eyes opens when she sees money: "A phone call, just treat it as meeting a new friend. I go towards the money, it is tempting. (Were the prices discussed?) I don't know, whatever price I think of, I say it!" However, Tavia clarifies she still has several years in her contract with TVB: "After all, I did start out in the TVB acting class, I know how to be grateful of my blessings!"
As for Myolie Wu, the 'poach call' was personally made by Ricky. Although she felt surprised, she was happy she was appreciated: "TVB did raise me after all, I must be grateful of my blessings! Even if I was offered even more money, I will still respect the contract terms." As for Kevin Cheng offered a 16 fold increase, Myolie laughed and said Kevin needs to treat everyone a meal every day. Bernice felt happy she got the 'royal invite': "Then that means he has confidence in my performance!" It has been widely rumored she already signed with Ricky.
Besides the first line FaDan and Siu Sangs, Ricky also approached several rising artists, including Linda Chung. However, he has not received a response. When asked if Ricky offered a higher pay, would she leave? She said: "I haven't thought of that far. I will be shooting series until February next year. Right now I don't want to look or see." Linda expressed female artists showbiz career is rather short, so she hopes to earn as much as she can in the next few years: "TVB has arranged me with a lot of jobs, aside from shooting series, I hope to make more extra income outside, so I can buy a house for my parents."
Moses Chan was asked if will get a pay raise? He said he isn't shooting series for money, so it does not matter. However Kevin was poached for higher pay, and Bowie Lam gets over 18 million yuan a year. Moses was shocked and let out a 'wow' as he said: "That much? I am rather special, I don't go for the money. As long as I have food to eat and save up for a wife, then I'm fine." Does he have to thank TVB for pairing him and Aimee Chan up? He laughed out loud, and said: "The road with TVB is satisfying and enjoyable. Some people earn money because they need to make a living, we all have different directions. Aimee also received the SMS. (Both leaving together?) She is currently a rising artist, has lots of room for improvement. She never thought of leaving."
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