Founder so low key, talent didn't know he's boss

Founder so low key, talent didn't know he's boss
TALENT SEARCH: Mr Mark Tan Peng Liat owns The People Studio, which held a casting call last year for the local movie 1965 (above).

Mr Mark Tan Peng Liat is so low key that one of the talents his company represents did not even know he is its founder.

The woman in her 20s, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she knew about him only when The New Paper informed her yesterday.

And she was shocked when she was told about his arrest on Tuesday.

The woman, who joined The People Studio about two years ago, said that she had met Mr Tan, 29, about four times in the past.

She added that he had always given her the impression that he was the company's photographer - an employee and not the boss.

The woman said: "Whenever we chatted, he never mentioned that he's the founder.

"He's very patient and down-to-earth. For him to be arrested, I think, it's totally out of character."

The woman, who managed to bag a few jobs via The People Studio, also said that Mr Tan came across as a very professional man.

"He wasn't like a lecherous guy or anything. He's a very nice guy and I enjoy working with him," she said.

"I'm speechless."

Despite the arrest, she told TNP that she is not worried about her future with the company.

She said: "I'm confident that business will continue no matter what happens to Mark."

Another talent from the company, a man in his 40s who also requested to remain anonymous, felt the same way.

He said he is confident that Mr Tan's wife, Madam Judy Oh, will be able to run the company in his absence.

An Internet search revealed that the couple tied the knot in November 2012.


Said the man: "Judy works so hard in The People Studio.

"I'm shocked that Mark has been arrested and hope she is fine."

The People Studio, which was registered in 2010, is owned by Mr Tan and Madam Oh. The model and talent management agency is located on the second storey of Performance Building at Kallang Way.

The agency represents more than 400 people of all ages for projects such as TV commercials, fashion shows and movies.

Last October, it held a casting call for two movies: 1965, starring Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh, and Royston Tan's 3688.

Both Mr Tan and Madam Oh have been quoted in newspaper reports, including several in TNP, on modelling and talent management.

This article was first published on February 12, 2015.
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