Steven Ma’s (馬浚偉) production company Zhonggang Yaoyuan Ma Jun Wei Studio (中港桃園馬浚偉工作室) was officially launched on January 1. In addition to producing film and drama series, the studio is also looking to establish its own artist lineup.
Recent reports alleged that Steven has been in talks with good friend Fala Chen (陳法拉) to join his team, and is also eyeing other top TVB actresses, reports Popular Asians.
Steven became fast friends with many TVB artists prior to his departure from the company in early 2012. He often prefers to work with people he is familiar with and enjoys sharing good opportunities with his friends. Allegedly, he requested Tavia Yeung (楊怡) to be his female lead when he was negotiating with TVB over his upcoming comeback, Storm in a Cocoon <守業者>.
Taking the same approach with his own business venture, Steven considered Fala for his studio’s upcoming film. Currently working on an independent basis, Fala has received many recruitment calls by top names in the entertainment industry, including Eric Tsang (曾志偉), HKTV’s Ricky Wong (王維基), and even Mainland actress Vicki Zhao (趙薇). Despite the great offers, Fala has yet to make a decision, leaving the public to speculate on her next move.
Recently, local media reported that Steven may have submitted his offer to Fala as well, hoping for a chance to work together. He confirmed the speculations on February 7, saying he has proposed the idea to Fala and will negotiate further when she returns from her vacation. He also expressed interest in working with his other friends at TVB. “I also want to sign artists I’ve worked with before. Fala, Tavia, and Linda [Chung] (鍾嘉欣) are all like sisters to me, so of course I am interested!”
Despite Steven’s enthusiasm, Fala is keeping mum about her decision. When asked to comment on February 10, Fala stated, “For now all of my work will be handled by [manager] Claudie Chung (鍾珍). I have not committed to any other partnerships!” Although the outcome is still up in the air, Steven will at least be able to work with Fala on their upcoming duet and its music video, both set to be released in March.