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Mediacorp pulls out of Ink at Tai Ping

Singaporean broadcaster Mediacorp has transferred production responsibilities for drama series Ink at Tai Ping to Hong Kong’s ViuTV because of issues relating to Covid-19.

Doreen Neo

Initially slated to begin filming on location in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan last February, the show will now be produced solely by ViuTV in order to address safety and scheduling issues associated with the pandemic, following the tightening of travel and filming regulations in the region.

Under the revised agreement, Mediacorp will pull back from participation in the project, with ViuTV helming all aspects of the series, including adjustments to the list of cast members, filming sets and script.

Mediacorp and ViuTV are also linking on another drama copro as part of a partnership agreed between the pair last year.

The series is a romantic reimagining of the Chinese legend of star-crossed lovers Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, set in contemporary Singapore and Hong Kong.

Doreen Neo, chief content officer at Mediacorp, said: “Mediacorp remains committed to co-creating content for our audiences. Strategic collaborations are increasingly important in mitigating the multiple challenges facing the creative industry during this unprecedented period.

“We share a common passion for polished production values and stellar storytelling with our partners at ViuTV, and look forward to embarking on our next exciting endeavour that will surely entertain and engage our viewers.”

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