Celeb parents Andie Chen, Kate Pang leave Mediacorp to focus on Youtube channel Kandie Family

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Local celebrity couple Andie Chen and Kate Pang have left Mediacorp to focus on their online channel Kandie Family.

Chen said in a statement: “I have always placed my growth as an artist as the top priority in every career decision I make. This means making unique and seemingly illogical career choices at times.

“Setting up my own company will give me the freedom to pursue projects that I am passionate about and I believe this is the only way an artist can reach his full potential.

“I look forward to challenging myself in the days ahead with projects on stage, online, film and television. Not only as a performer, but also as a producer and director.”

The Mediacorp contracts for Chen, 32, and Pang, 34, ended on Oct 31. Chen’s notable television dramas include Hero (2016) and The Journey: Our Homeland (2015), while Pang won a Star Award for Best Newcomer in 2012 for A Tale Of 2 Cities.

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Pang left Taiwan to come to Singapore in 2011 and had originally intended to stay for two years. But she has lived here for seven thus far. The couple have two children, three-year-old son Aden and one-year-old daughter Avery.

She said: “In this big family, I’ve gotten a lot of friendship and have also built my own family. In this life, there is more than one milestone, because of my family and children, I need more time and space to realise my dreams.”

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The couple move on to the next stage of their careers with the blessings of Mediacorp.

Ms Georgina Chang, head of The Celebrity Agency, said: “Kate and Andie are an extremely talented couple. They are true artistic souls and stay authentic to their beliefs and passion. I know they will continue to do very well as artists and I wish them every success.”

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Chen added: “The end of my contract is by no means an end to my relationship with Mediacorp, we are still working on projects currently and will be working together regularly in the future.”

The couple also shared the news on their respective Instagram accounts.

Today, 1st November 2017 marks a new chapter in my career. I will no longer have a contract with Mediacorp. Most of my 10 years in acting, I was attached to the company. They have given me a start in my career, a channel to explore my passions and most importantly they played a big part in the formation of my family. For these reasons and more, I’ll forever be grateful, and I am happy to be moving on to the next stage of my career with their blessings. The end of my contract is by no means an end to my relationship with Mediacorp, we are still working on projects currently and will be working together regularly in the future. I have always placed my growth as an artist as the top priority in every career decision I make. This means making unique and seemingly illogical career choices at times. Setting up my own company will give me the freedom to pursue projects that I am passionate about and I believe this is the only way an artist can reach his full potential. I look forward to challenging myself in the days ahead with projects on stage, online, film and television. Not only as a performer, but also a producer and director. I want to end with a final thank you to Mediacorp for the decade of opportunities and friendship. Andie Chen.

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2017年11月1日起,我卸下了新传媒艺人的身份。 2011年,初来乍到新加坡,原本只想待个两年学习表演经验,这一待,就是七年。 在这个大家庭里,我得到了许多友谊,也建立了属于自己的家庭。 人生的路途上,里程碑不止一个,因为有了家庭、有了孩子,我需要更多的空间跟时间来实践我原本的梦想。 感谢电视台的一路扶持,感谢老板与经纪人的疼爱有加,今日在这里画下句点,并不表示感情到了终点,情感依旧,娘家依旧是娘家,永远感念这个一直给我平台,发挥所长的地方。 未来若有能为娘家效力之处,仍然全力以赴。 感恩。感念。感谢,再感谢。

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A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

(Photos: Instagram/Andiechen/Katepang311 and SPH)

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