Youngsters with stars in their eyes are often easy prey for firms claiming to be talent spotters and expert groomers for careers in showbiz.
While there are indeed some genuine star-making enterprises, there are outnumbered by entities whose antecedents and credentials are not clear, making them potential traps for aspiring actors, singers, musicians, etc.
Against such fears, a “media group” headquartered in Hong Kong’s East Tsim Sha Tsui has now come under scrutiny, with questions being raised about its financial strength, professional capabilities and background.
Jika Media Group claims it can help young Chinese boys and girls become members of pop music groups, including highly popular groups such as South Korea’s Girls’ Generation and EXO, but an investigation has thrown up questions about its standing, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
The company, which bills itself as a Star-maker of Asia, may be just a shell entity, according to the report. Jika Media claims to have registered capital of HK$100 million (US$12.9 million), but reporters have found that it actually has only HK$10,000 in capital.
Moreover, the company did not have any operations in Hong Kong but only in Nanning in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region.
According to some mainland media reports, the company has cooperated with the music and dancing department of Guangxi Teachers Education University last year to begin training selected youth for two years, planning to launch a 10-member Chinese version of Girls’ Generation in 2015 and conduct Asia tours.
Reporters suspect the firm may be just trying to cash in on youngsters’ dreams to become big pop stars, as it charges them fees to groom them for stage performances. A person at the company’s office in Nanning refused to disclose details of the training classes, a Chinese newspaper said.
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