I Know Everything - Chapter 490
Chapter 490: Getting rich!
‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was like ‘Love Through Different Times’ as both of them were 28 episodes long.
According to the speed of two episodes per day, this TV series would end at the end of February.
Many people complained about that point and hoped ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ to have 50 episodes, better yet, 100 episodes!
There was no way to change it once the shooting ended.
They could only hope that the second season came out faster.
Under the mindset of ‘one less episode for each one they saw’, the rating of ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ skyrocketed.
By the time of the sixteenth episode, the average rating exceeded 20% and more than 100 million viewers on the internet.
By the time of the twenty fourth episode, the average rating soared to 30% and the number of live viewers on the internet was 200 million while 1 billion views was obtained in a span of 24 hours.
It was frightening numbers!
TV series with an average rating of 30% needed to be traced back to 30 years ago to see one and it had never happened since the industry was opened up!
‘Princess Returning Pearl’ had already made history and continued to make history.
Of the 200 million live viewers on Shanhai Streaming, it was obviously impossible for it to be only Chinese viewers as there were also many from overseas countries, tens of millions of Chinese overseas who were also obsessed with ‘Princess Returning Pearl’.
With such a high number, the record for TV series would probably not be broken for a long time.
For that, Shanhai Streaming offered the price of 100 million for three years of exclusive internet broadcast rights worldwide.
Chen Huan had a personal mission.
It was to have ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ bring 500 million yuan in income.
This was definitely impossible to accomplish, at least in the short term.
From the past to present, there had never been a TV series that could make that much money.
Chen Huan was suspecting that the Good Lord was playing dead again but he didn’t casually insult him as the rewards from the future for the rating and views would still be generously given by the Good Lord.
Shanhai Streaming previously wanted buyout the internet broadcasting right for 100 million but now the price changed to 100 million for three years.
This price was certainly not a lot.
They had around 1 billion viewers for each episode so in the second round of live broadcast, they should at least get 200 to 300 million right?
Only they would be able to broadcast it on the internet in the next three years so wouldn’t those people that wanted to watch it on the internet have to go on Shanhai Streaming?
How much traffic would that bring?
Chen Huan readily accepted Shanhai Streaming’s offer.
It was quite nice to receive a 100 million yuan check.
Adding Yuzhou TV’s 30 million and Shanhai Streaming 50 million previously for the first broadcast right, ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ had already earned 210 million!
Except Shanhai Streaming internet broadcasting rights, Xin Changkong was in charge of negotiating for the sales of the second round of broadcast.
Six companies had reached an agreement for the second round so far and they would buy the second round of broadcast for a relatively high price, which totaled to 60 million.
Yuzhou TV had obviously a 30% discount so it was 67 million adding them so the second round of broadcast for ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was set now.
The first broadcast rating rose up to 30% and the reviews were also great so even if seven companies split it, they should at least get 5% rating each, right?
5% rating was enough to be conserved for a super popular TV series and compared to their spending of 10 million, their revenue for advertising would be at least 50 million.
The biggest winner was Yuzhou TV. They had conducted three advertising interruptions during their broadcast and their total income was said to have exceeded 200 million!
Just think about it.
With only 30 million invested in, they got 200 million revenue in return!
Moreover, this had greatly established Yuzhou TV’s reputation as they went from a second-tier TV station to a nationwide presence!
People complimented Yuzhou TV for their great foresight for picking up the treasure.
But Chen Huan still let out a sigh at that.
He thought of Xiangnan TV from his past life as they death gripped to ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ as they broadcasted everything by themselves and no other TV stations were allowed to do so.
Like that, how much popularity would Xiangnan TV cumulate after so many years?
It could be said that ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ contributed an imaginable amount to make Xiangnan TV the absolute best of all TV stations.
If Yuzhou TV was bold and generous enough to buy out ‘Princess Returning Pearl’, they would be able to enjoy that precious treasure exclusively.
It was a pity they didn’t do this.
They were already happy to only have spent 7 million for the second round of broadcast.
Chen Huan could only let out a sigh that one’s character’s determined one’s fate. There was a reason that Yuzhou TV never became a first-tier TV station.
Without any boldness and determination, would they even be able to compete against the other TV stations when the second season of ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ came out?
They could stun their opponent by smashing money on it!
But could Yuzhou TV do that?
Chen Huan expressed his doubts.
Speaking of the second season, Xin Changkong said he could start working on it right now.
Chen Huan felt hesitant.
Actually, there were many seasons of remakes made of ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ but the best was still the original first season.
Even with the original cast on the second season, it felt a lot worse.
Those kind of all over the place concubine affair, a bunch of people fighting against the empress dowager and going against Huang Ahma as well as wandering around the world…it didn’t give the feeling of righteousness but just playing around.
So even if he wanted to make a second season, Chen Huan wouldn’t take out that script.
Seeing that Chen Huan wasn’t taking a decision, Xin Changkong didn’t push further and said he would wait.
So during this time, he wanted to participate in a literary film directed by Zhu Mei to learn from her so he asked Chen Huan for help.
Chen Huan admired the attitude Xin Changkong took a lot.
Xin Changkong was already successful now. ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was a godly work and as the director filming it, Xin Changkong had received the invitation from many film companies who wanted him to make a movie for them.
However, Xin Changkong didn’t rush in to cash it but waited for the second season of ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ and rather worked under Zhu Mei to wait it out. This attitude was very admirable.
So he had that mindset, Chen Huan readily agreed to it and helped him with Zhu Mei.
The bonus still had to be issued before he became an assistant.
The total income for ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was 277 million so far.
The production cost was around 40 million, which didn’t include the 30 million sponsored by Yang Feng and the various costumes and other equipment that were worth around 10 million.
All of the money was made by Chen Huan.
Only Bu Yiyi had a share with her 10 million and Chen Huan gave her 30 million according to the ratio of input she gave.
Xin Changkong was the director and producer so took most of the responsibilities so Chen Huan gave him 50 million.
This money wasn’t only for Xin Changkong. Because he was the producer, all the production team and staff were hired by him so all of the bonuses would be paid out by him and Chen Huan wouldn’t interfere.
This was the authority of a producer.
If it wasn’t the producer that decided on the bonuses, who would give any respect to this producer?
Weren’t they following after the one with the money?
When making TV series and movies, everyone was essentially there for the movie and money was the most important point.
Xin Changkong was short on money to begin with so he happily accepted it.
Chen Huan was pleased by this as Xin Changkong was at least honest and didn’t pretend he was in it just for the art.
A person like that would use the money more wisely.
Yang Kaixin came into the cast but she didn’t have any pay and her father even sponsored 30 million as well as clothes and other logistics.
But ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ did so well that Yang Kaixin couldn’t be excluded so Chen Huan gave her a red packet of 5 million yuan.
It made that girl so happy that she called Chen Huan again to thank him.
She was paid before but it wasn’t so much and it was mostly because people were giving face to Yang Feng.
But ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was a great success and became a godly TV series. She, Yang Kaixin, played an important role in it as the role of Ziwei was now deeply rooted into the mind of the people and many film critics praised her for improving her acting.
So this 5 million was equivalent to earning it by her own strength, how could she not be happy?
The actor for Huang Ahma, Teacher Kong Xiangjun, only received a salary of 3 million back then and now that ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ earned so much money, Chen Huan gave him a bonus of 3 million.
After all, if the boss ate the meat, actors like them still have to get some soup.
Teacher Kong Xiangjun was quite funny as he laughed and accepted it, just like when he received the 3 million before.
He also thanked Chen Huan for keeping calling him to come to play in ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ and he only accepted after that relenting attitude.
He didn’t expect that it would open him another path in his filming career and change his image.
Just this period alone, he was proposed to play 7 different emperor roles to play.
Only Teacher Kong Xiangjun as Wen Qi, who played Erkang, and Duan Yi, who played Fifth Brother, had all become prosperous stars.
The people who said that they lowered their worth by participating in a low production TV series all shut their mouths now.
Who knew how many girls fell in love with the striving for love Erkang and the refined and cultured Fifth Brother.
The two only received 3 million as their salary so Chen Huan was very generous and doubled it with 3 million in bonus.
The rest of the cast members also gained many praises and soaring popularity by participating in such a big TV series.
Chen Huan also gave them bonuses according to their salaries, which was treating everyone fairly.
There was another thing that seemed ridiculous.
Teacher Jia Lei, who played the role of Mother Rong and the mother of male Fang Shu in ‘Love Letter’, because her acting was too lifelike and entrancing, she was hated by countless TV watchers who all wanted to stab her to death.
When Teacher Jia went out for Spring Festival, she was started by a group of elderly and berated for being inhumane!
After it happened several times, Teacher Jia stopped going out altogether for a time, lest she get beaten up by emotional people.
She was amused and angry when she got called by Chen Huan.
When young, Jia Lei was a beautiful Small Flower Dan but started to play supporting roles as she grew older.
It was better now.
She became ‘the worst person in history’ and was spurned by thousands of people.
Fortunately, Jia Lei was an experienced actor and could adjust to it.
She was happy about it on the contrary as just like Teacher Kong Xiangjun, the path of the villain opened up to her.
She could get more roles in the future!
It was obviously a good thing for aging actors!
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