320 HKTV employees laid off: Will stars move to TVB instead?

21 October 2013 / 3 years 1 week ago

With HKTV failing to obtain its free broadcast license, the future of HKTV artists are bleak.

According to an article in ihktv.com via Popular Asians, to save their careers, many HKTV artists and production crew members allegedly hope to return to TVB and contacted TVB executives Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Sandy Yu (余詠珊), Tommy Leung (梁家樹), and Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍).

The source stated that the possibility of seeing former HKTV artists appearing in future TVB dramas is very high.

TVB producer Lee Tim Sing (李添勝) admitted that TVB is in dire need of more experienced crew members for production work.

The producer had lost over half of its crew to HKTV when he was making Bullet Brain <神探高倫布> last year, and the lack of capable crewmen took a toll on the quality of the production.

Tim Gor said, “I’ve been calling some of our former colleagues in the past two days and sent my blessings. I really want some of my former war buddies to come back and help! It’s always best to have experienced people helping out. Even so, it really depends on [TVB] arrangements and policies.

"TVB offered to raise their pay to stop them from leaving, but they still chose to resign. If they do come back, they will not get their original offer. They have to understand that first.”

According to various reports, most of the 320 HKTV employees who will be laid off were hair stylists, makeup stylists, costume stylists, and production assistants.

As for HKTV artists, Frankie Lam (林文龍) and Al Wai (艾威) did not deny the possibility of returning to TVB in the near future, but HKTV remains to be their number one priority.

TVB Best Actor Ha Yu (夏雨) is also considering returning to TVB. Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤) and Felix Wong (黃日華) chose not to comment, but did express that they will be supporting HKTV’s upcoming Sunday protest, which has attracted nearly half a million supporters on Facebook.

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