The Full Story
Throughout his career, Robert Chua has always been receptive to approaches from prospective venture partners. In March 1977 Robert and a major electronics company set up Hong Kong’s first independent broadcast studio under the name of Conic TV Studio.
Housed in a 10,000 square feet site in the Kowloon Tong residential district, the company began producing commercials for Hong Kong television.
On hand to train TVB cameraman,Hong Kong,1967The studio invested in the latest videotape production equipment, equipping Hong Kong with videotape facilities equal to those available anywhere in the world. A sound library containing over 10,000 titles, the latest telecine machine and facilities for transferring film to videotape made the Conic TV Studio on of the most technically advanced in South East Asia at the time.
Robert Chua was a minority shareholder in Conic, and his relationship with the company’s management took a turn for the worse when Conic started competing with RCP in production, breaking the partnership agreement. In 1982 Robert took the dispute to the High Court in Hong Kong, seeking to wind up the company on the grounds of breach of agreement. He secured an out of court settlement which resulted in the sale of his interest in Conic. The company has since changed it’s company name.
Robert Chua Productions’ Team Robert & Peggy (top row left third, forth), 1978RCP’s main work has been in the production of commercials and variety shows for the Hong Kong TV markets and corporate videos. The RCP-produced show “ Robert Chua presents…” was the first show in Hong Kong to include the producer’s name in the title. In 1976 RCP produced the 26 program “Variety 76” and “a Saturday Night Variety Show” for the station then known as RTV.
Other recent ventures have included a video magazine Mr Chua likened to Playboy and a home shopping TV program.
Mr Chua has also enjoyed success with information hot lines (also known as audiotext, or `900′ lines,) where members of the public call in for a fee. One of these services offered callers the opportunity to listen to the infamous `Squidgy Tapes’ which purported to show the British Princess of Wales flirting with a former body guard. Another great success was the infoline offering details of the sensational Hong Kong court case of the man popularly known as `Mr ABC.’ The service offered a report of each day’s Court Hearing before it was available in newspapers. Mr. ABC was convicted of posing as a movie producer to seduce young women.
It will go down in my memory as one of the truly spectacular events I have ever seen in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Government assistant financial secretary D. J. Duncan Smith commenting on Robert’s production, 1977Robert Chua was often called upon to do the nearly impossible and usually succeeded. In May 1977 he was appointed consultant to the Hong Kong Government Information Service to produce the biggest Government sponsored show Hong Kong had ever seen – the Silver Jubilee pageant to celebrate the 25th year in office of the British Queen Elizabeth.
Within just six months, Robert produced a show that was fantastic for its time, using state of the art “multivision” multi screen technology. The show drew thunderous applause from the audience.