Sammul Chan, who was previously promoted by TVB, resolutely left the company last year to go up north to develop his career. When interviewed the other day, he revealed some behind-the-scenes insider information, saying that TVB offered unreasonable terms for a contract renewal. It would be a 10-year contract with no salary increase, which made him discouraged.
In recent years, many of TVB's first-line fa dans and siu sangs have been leaving the company to go up north to film series. Apart from helping to expand the Chinese market, the salary is also much higher! Currently 32 years old, Sammul Chan joined the 'Going Up North Army' last August, and ended his relationship with TVB. The other day, Sammul accepted i-CABLE's interview, and revealed the reason behind his bitterness: "After my contract, I discussed contract renewal with the company; however, there was a dispute over a few 10 dollars raise--so not worth it!" He also revealed that he once considered becoming TVB's 'biological son', but backed out because the terms were harsh: "An executive invited me to discuss the matter of signing a contract. In the terms, it clearly stated that it would be a 10-year contract, but the salary would remain the same. I don't want to argue about anything, but who can guarantee that no one will offer me jobs two years afterward? At that time, how can I live on?"
During the interview, Sammul spoke in Cantonese, and the feeling was refreshing: "Before, I was forced to speak Mandarin. Every time [I] attended events, [I] had to hide and avoid being on camera. Clearly already the biggest station...what are they afraid of?" When mentioning having once been promoted along with Ron Ng, Bosco Wong, and Kenneth Ma by TVB, in his heart, he felt that it was not quite right seeing all the others get a higher rank. He said: "Clearly put in effort into [my] work, and was acknowledged by the audience, but my peers received awards after awards, while I only stood on the side--didn't even have a part in the nominations". He also directly said that being 'obedient' is the way to survive in TVB: "I don't know how to do that!" Regarding this matter, the reporters contacted TVB's Assistant Director of Foreign Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming, to confirm. He said: "Sammul Chan's contract with TVB has already expired. [He] is now a freelance artiste, and [his] relationship with us is still good. He even agreed to come back to help with the promotions of the new series. If he really has opinions, I will try to get an understanding of it".
Personal Note: Wish Sammul the best in his future endeavours!
*Credits to the-sun