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Irene Ang wants to be Chow Yun Fat's manager
by Mervin Tay

SINGAPORE - Chow Yun Fat, if you are reading this, Irene Ang wants to be your manager.

Ang may be a well-known comedienne and businesswoman, but what the founder and chief executive officer of Fly Entertainment really wants is to manage one of Asia's top stars.

She revealed this "dream" during a media conference preceding her company's 13th anniversary party at Zouk last night.

"To me, Chow Yun Fat is the biggest Asian star there can be, so it would be my dream to represent him," said Ang, sporting a newly- cropped bob.

She even joked about previous efforts to turn the dream into reality.

"If I can represent him, then I no longer need to keep walking past his wife's house in Singapore, trying to passmynamecard to her sister or the maid," she added.

Fly Entertainment, which started as an artiste management company in 1999, has grown over the years, branching out intomovie and television production, concert productionand event management. 

It was also announced last night that the company's turnover is estimated to exceed $20 million this year.

In addition, its business units will be restructured, with its movie, television and online production arms coming under one dedicated department.

Its concert production arm, Running Into the Sun, helmed by local theatre personality Beatrice Chia-Richmond, will be expanding regionally next year. 

Largest concert The company staged the Republic's largest concert to date last month, SMTown Live in Singapore, and has also brought in other popular Korean acts like Super Junior and Girls' Generation.

Ang's company currently manages artistes such as Adrian Pang, Bobby Tonelli and Tan Kheng Hua.

Aside from dreaming ofmanaging a superstar, Ang also aims to bring Sinema Paradiso, a movie about a Malaysian village boy chasing his dream in the bustling movie industry of Singapore in the 1950s, to the big screen, andwell as Asian hot bods toTV next year.

Sinema Paradiso, to be directed by Singaporean Tan Ai Leng, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of next year.

Fly Entertainment will also turn production concept Hot Guards into a reality show, where contestants go through various elimination challenges.

"It will be Asia's search for the top male andfemale lifeguards of a resort," said Ang.

This conceptwonthe SuperPitch Award at last week's Asian Television Awards, and Ang, who is optimistic that it will air next year, said talks are ongoing to sell the concept to foreign television stations.

When asked to elaborate on the show, she said: "Viewers can learn about basic life-saving skills andenjoy the eye-candy."

"If an old uncle teaches you life-saving skills, you will surely fall asleep. But if someone hunky, like (Chinese-American actor) Allan Wu teaches you, then you will learn the correctwayto save someone!"

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