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Vanness busy schedule, may not make it to F4 group project.

Vanness busy schedule, may not make it to F4 group project.
Chinese News
January 22, 2007
translated by onlyf4fan@onlyvanness

Vanness is scheduled to do a tv soap with a korean artist where the 2 will start shooting 3rd quarter of the year. Meanwhile, it was told that Vanness is currently busy with his other activities, preparatory for his upcoming concert in Malaysia at the same time the launching of his 2nd solo album.

Meanwhile, with F4 group project c/o Tourist Bureau as earlierreported, the said project is not yet on Vanness's line of priorities this year.

With his very busy 2007, other speculate that not only Jerry's schedule is on hold for the grouping of F4, but Vanness's as well, if he does be included on the said project, he may not be doing regular stints but guest appearance perhaps so as not to give conflict to his earlier schedules and at the same time to give way to fans' overwhelming request, still this has to be confirmed.

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[Related news] F4 will go to JPN & Korea in early March

[Related news] F4 will go to JPN & Korea in early March
Yan Cheng Xu is going to Japan and Korea to promote Taiwan

Date: January 27, 2007
Source: Wenweipo
By: Ma Fei

Not long ago, rumors revealed that Yan Cheng Xu refused to join the endorsement for Taiwan Tourist Bureau on their Japan and Korea promotion project. That is why he kept dragging on signing the contract and caused the backlog for 3 months. Since he does not take part in the Bureau's idol drama, others further accused him for not being supportive. Being Yan Cheng Xu's spokesman, Ge Fu Hong expressed that Yan Cheng Xu was not part of the plan in respect to the idol drama from the very beginning. That is really unfair to hold him liable. Ge Fu Hong further explained that Yan Cheng Xu is unable to join the act due to scheduling problem. Nevertheless, he will take part in series of subsequent events in regardless of remuneration.

In respect to Yan's delay in signing contract, Ge Fu Hong explained that Yan was aboard for promotion but he has signed the contract immediately on his return to Taiwan. F4 planned to go to Japan and Korea for oversea press conferences in early March. The idol drama will start filming around April.)

Translated by weiwei

Boyband F4 set to charm Japanese, Korean tourists

Boyband F4 set to charm Japanese, Korean tourists

PROMOTIONAL TV SERIES:The project is sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and will feature online participation in the selection of shooting locations
By Shelley Shan
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007, Page 2

F4, a popular Taiwanese boyband, have captured the hearts of young women around Asia with their boyish charm, and now Taiwan's tourism bureau is hoping to cash in on the band's popularity to promote the nation's tourist industry.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau Director-General Janice Lai confirmed yesterday that the group would be recruited to play in a television series called Wish to See You in Taiwan.

The project is sponsored solely by the bureau, she added.

Lai said that the series will include 25 episodes, with a majority of scenes filmed at selected tourist attractions around the country.

It is going to be a "touching romantic story," Lai said.

"We will place the information on our Web site [] and ask for opinions about where the filming should take place," she said.

The series will target tourists from Japan and Korea, Lai said.

It is scheduled to be broadcast in both countries in November.

Viewers in Taiwan, however, will not be able see it.

Based on the contract between the bureau and the production firm, the F4 team will meet with their fans at promotional events organized by the bureau.

The bureau owns the copyright for the series and will make a 30-second TV commerical from program content for use in Taiwan and elsewhere.

Lai said she is confident that F4 will draw the attention of female tourists from both Japan and Korea.

She said one time she was invited to be the guest of honor at an event attended by Vanness Wu , one of the band members, and his fans. Lai was asked to draw lots to pick fans to come onto the stage.

"When those lucky few got to meet Wu personally, they were so excited that they began to cry," Lai recalled.

Overall, the project will cost the bureau NT$80 million (US$2.5million), which will cover the production and the budget to buy air time in both Japan and Korea.

Lai said many people may think NT$80 million is a huge sum. They may also ask why Taiwan cannot have documentaries broadcast on the Discovery or National Geographic channels, as Malaysia and other countries have done in the past.

"Air time in Japan and Korea is really expensive," Lai said. "And the tourism bureau in Malaysia has an annual budget of NT$7 billion, which is seven times more than we have."

Earlier this week, media reported that Jerry Yen, the most popular member of F4, might not be able to act in the series because of a schedule conflict.

Chai Chi-ping, the producer of the series, said in an interview in the United Daily News that Yen has already promised to participate.

The boyband would not breach the terms of the contract, she said.

Published on Taipei Times

[Related News] F4 remuneration was as much as $4,000,000

[Related News] F4 remuneration was as much as $4,000,000

Remuneration was as much as HK$4,000,000
183 Club solo concert abort, replaced by Denise Ho

Source: Sing Tao Daily
Date: January 4, 2007

The popularity for 183 Club gradually decreases within this half year. They even did not have much opportunity to take exposures.

During a promotion trip last year, Taiwanese Band 183 Club arrogantly criticized that F4 had gone out of date. They also indicated that they would have a Hong Kong concert in January this year. Others suspect that they over-priced for their remuneration by demanding the same price as F4 at $4 million each show. However, 183 Club do not have other commercial sponsors. In addition to their diminished popularity, East Asia (Entertainment agency) also withdrew from this project and gave up the time slot at Coliseum to Denise Ho and Tsai Qin.
183 Club rode on the publicity of a Taiwan drama “The Prince who turns into a fog”. Last year during their promotion trip, they openly boast that they are even more popular than F4. Their manager also criticized that F4 was “Out” (out of date). Besides, they expressed that they will have a solo concert in Hong Kong this January and the number of shows would be more than F4’s. Based on our understanding, the organizer East Asia has booked a 7-day period from January 18th to 24th for this project. Unfortunately 183 Club added more terms to this project. First of all is in relation to their remuneration, for which they over-priced at $4 million each night, as much as F4.

Although F4 had the same high price at $4,000,000 each night, they have multiple commercial sponsors who guarantee on ticket sales. Therefore, all the tickets for the four shows “Forever 4 2006” held last March sold quickly. It was a full house every night.

On the contrary, 183 club rely on dramas to keep their publicity. Their later production “The Magician of Love” lead by Ming Dao did not draw too much attention and resulted graduate drop on popularity. East Asia was concerned about ticket sales because they did not have any commercial sponsors as a back up. The organizer tried to negotiate with 183 Club for a reduction on remuneration but refused by their agency. Lastly, East Asia decided to hold back on this concert.

East Asia reallocated the original time slot to Denise Ho and Tsai Qing to hold their solo concerts on Jan 19-20 and Jan 1st, 24th respectively.
Our reporter contacted 183 Club’s manager Sun De Rong for clarification. Sun De Rong denied on over-pricing. He complained that Far East paid too low at NT $600,000 (approximately HK$1.5 million) which included peripheral expenses. Sun De Rong further commented, “I only protect my artists for their rights and not to be demean. If we accept this arrangement, it will be indifferent of taking it as a charity show.

Translated by: weiwei