“Buddy, you sure are impressive!”
Knowing that Tao Mu had finished his filming and returned to China, Long Tianao made a phone call and insisted on calling Tao Mu out to catch up.
So the two made an appointment at a newly opened Sichuan-style hot pot near the headquarters of FlyNews.com. When Tao Mu pushed open the door, Long Tianao had already ordered all kinds of Sichuan hot pot ingredients including shrimp meat, fish balls, beef slices and green vegetables.
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Even the dipping sauce was prepared for Tao Mu, and he even very thoughtfully ordered a plate of fruit.
“Over here!” Long Tianao greeted Tao Mu with a smile. He set the tableware and seasoning with great care and poured Tao Mu a glass of beer. His movements were skilled as if he had done this all before.
Tao Mu raised his eyebrows and said with a smile, “Have you been to dinner meetings a lot lately?”
“Ai. Didn’t I borrow your light?” Long Tianao waved his hand, not caring about Tao Mu’s teasing. He sat down and said: “The cooperation with FlyNews.com has made a lot of money for Summer Star Entertainment. My uncle is now on my heels about helping Summer Star’s business. He always takes me with him to various dinner meetings to socialize. He said that it’s to expand my connections. I tell you, that group of old men do not like to have waiters wait by the side when they talk about things. I am the only junior at the whole dinner table, and so pouring tea and water became my job.”
“Let me tell you, I’ve now become even better than those top waiters.” Long Tianao said while simmering various ingredients in the pot. Then he used the public chopsticks to pick some into Tao Mu’s plate: “Try my craftsmanship. It’s just right and extremely delicious. Not even a second delay.”
Tao Mu looked at the ingredients on the dish with some doubts. They were all things that were simmered in the pot, what kind of craftsmanship was there?
“Thank you.” Tao Mu took a bite of shrimp and said with a smile, “You’re right, it’s really good.”
Long Tianao looked at Tao Mu’s slow and proper way of eating, and said with a smile: “I said before that I wanted to introduce you to my gang of friends. After all, although we are all just second-generation rich kids who don’t produce value, no one can look down on our connections. But who knew that you are that capable, and in less than a year, FlyNews.com has made such a big splash, and you even made so much money in the stock market. And now also cooperating with Xiaoheng Capital on several projects, an obvious business wiz in the making. My gang of friends can’t compare any longer.”
“You’re exaggerating too much——” Tao Mu was about to say a few words of humility, when he heard Long Tianao continue: “Didn’t I say it before, I want to introduce you to my little sister. I don’t know how it happened but my family found out. Good grief, they now all blame me for my inefficiency in doing things and letting go of a golden son-in-law candidate like you. My little sister is your face fan, so she was particularly annoyed with me. Saying that I cut off the highest achievement she could achieve as a fan.”
Long Tianao said jokingly: “I’m practically a sinner in our family now. In order to save your buddy, how about considering my sister?”
Tao Mu smiled and shook his head. After pondering for a moment, he eventually vaguely confided, “I already have someone.”
Long Tianao was instantly shocked, his chopsticks almost falling into the pot, and subconsciously asked, “Who is it?”
Thinking of Tao Mu’s short half-year itinerary, he frowned and asked, “From Hong Kong? In the entertainment circle? I tell you, if she is from the entertainment circle, don’t get too serious. Those little stars are not necessarily reliable. “
Long Tianao spoke faster than his brain: “You just entered the entertainment industry, and you don’t know it yet. In fact, some celebrities look bright and beautiful on the surface, but in our eyes, they are no different from high-end prostitutes. Do you know that a menu is passed around us? It lists the prices of these stars. How much is a meal and how much is a night. If you’re serious, tell me as soon as possible, and I’ll go back and find out if the girl has any past records.”
In Long Tianao’s eyes, Tao Mu was obviously different from those little stars. He was part of their circle. It’s fine if he was just playing around, but if he was serious with marriage in mind only for the girl’s rich history in the past coming to light. That would be such a loss of face!
“Not from the entertainment circle.” Tao Mu frowned. He had long known that Long Tianao’s private life was rather chaotic, and he knew even more of Long Tianao’s arrogant temperament of a hedonistic rich playboy. But listening to Long Tianao’s contemptuous comments on his lover, even though he knew that Li Xiaoheng could never be that kind of person, it was still a little uncomfortable.
So Mr. Tao, who felt very uncomfortable in his heart, decided to scare Long Tianao a bit. He immediately raised his chopsticks, and while putting green vegetables into the pot, he said calmly, “It’s Li Xiaoheng.”
With a “smack”, the pair of chopsticks in Long Tianao’s hand did not escape its fate after all, and they were dropped into the steaming hot pot.
“Who, who?” Long Tianao was so frightened that his voice trembled. He actually compared the Li family’s eldest son to a prostitute. F**k! When did he become so brave? Where did he get the balls? No wonder he always felt his heart pounding abnormally fast these past few days. He had thought it was a result of staying up late too often. Turns out!
“Uh——” Long Tianao coughed a few times and carefully discussed with Tao Mu: “Can we just turn the page over and pretend it never happened. Just like the steam from this hot pot, let it disappear without a trace. Okay?”
Yo, actually speaking so poetically?
Tao Mu squinted at dumb-dumb Long Tianao, and said with a smile, “Why? I think it’s funny. I’ll mention it to CEO Li. Maybe he’ll find it funny too.”
“Don’t you think that with Mr. Li’s face, body, and temperament, if he really went on a menu, just a meal with him would cost at least five million yuan?”
Long Tianao swallowed his saliva and said in his heart, just that face, I won’t be able to afford even fifty yuan!
Long Tianao’s wheels turned and after a long time he finally came back to his senses, and exclaimed in a high voice: “You’re with Li Xiaoheng? The Li Xiaoheng from the family? From Xiaoheng Capital?”
Thanks to this hot pot restaurant for not skimping on materials when it was renovated. This private box was able to keep all noises from traveling in or out.
Tao Mu glared at Long Tianao in annoyance: “You can open the door and shout again, so that the entire Beijing City can hear it.”
Tao Mu was secretly annoyed with himself. He must have gone crazy to reveal his relationship with Li Xiaoheng. How could he talk about this kind of private matter with an idiot like Long Tianao? Was he really that eager to show off?
Long Tianao smiled sheepishly, raised his paw and swore, “Don’t worry, I will definitely not tell others. If I do, then I curse myself to be impotent for the rest of my life.”
Yo, this poisonous oath was very sincere.
Tao Mu really believed it.
Long Tianao drank half a bottle of beer to suppress his shock. Then, he looked at Tao Mu nervously: “Are you two serious?”
“Yeah.” Tao Mu replied. Picked up a piece of meat and ate slowly.
Long Tianao moved his lips and wanted to ask something. In the end he didn’t speak. He just kept using the chopsticks to put Tao Mu’s favorite ingredients on his plate for him, with the kindly care of a doting old father: “Eat more.”
What do you mean by that!
Tao Mu glanced at Long Tianao and asked directly, “Why did you call me out?”
“Oh, yeah, I asked you to come out for something serious.” Long Tianao patted his head. Tao Mu’s revelations just now were so shocking that Long Tianao almost forgot serious business.
“Didn’t our weekly drama “Fashion Storm” sign with Mango TV. Mango TV knows that this drama is invested in and filmed by the three of us. They also know that you are the producer of this drama. So before the TV series is released, they would like to invite a few leading actors to appear on their variety show to promote it. They also want to invite you to join as well. On one hand to promote the drama, and on the other to promote Mango TV through your FlyNews.com. Isn’t the war film that you participated in scheduled to broadcast during the National Day holiday on the national channel? You can also do some publicity for that TV series as well.”
Long Tianao felt it was a win-win situation for all sides: “You can also use this variety show to promote FlyNews.com and BulletScreen.com.”
“Don’t look down on them for being just a local station. In fact, the ratings are quite high. Comparable to the national station’s ratings. Moreover, the audiences watching this variety show are between 12 and 25 years old, which is similar to the age group of netizens in our country. So your clients are quite overlapping. It will be good for both parties to promote each other.”
Tao Mu furrowed his brows, and was indeed a little tempted: “It sounds good. But with what status do I use to go?”
“Didn’t I say it? The producer of “Fashion Storm”! The host will give you some screen time at that time, enough for you to promote FlyNews.com and your war drama.”
“As the producer of “Fashion Storm”, I’m going to promote “The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood”? How does this sound right?” Tao Mu pondered a little, and said, “Let’s do it this way. You discuss with Mango TV, and I’ll bring the two casts from “The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood” and “Fashion Storm” onto the variety show. What do you think?”
Long Tianao hesitated for a moment, then nodded and said, “Okay. I’ll ask for you.”
Tao Mu added: “Just tell them that I’m in the middle of helping to promote “The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood”. I will do an open screen promotion on FlyNews.com. If Mango TV agrees, I can reveal the news during the open screen promotion that the “The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood” crew is going to Mango TV to record a variety show.”
This way it also promoted Mango TV.
Immediately afterwards, Tao Mu explained to Longtian what FlyNews.com’s open screen was.
Long Tianao was stunned. He immediately patted his chest and assured: “That’s definitely no problem. This publicity is too powerful.”
And it was also simple and straightforward, blunt and clear. As long as you used FlyNews, it was impossible to pretend that you could not see it.
Long Tianao blinked his eyes and asked secretly, “So uh, does your FlyNews open screen accept business?”
Although Long Tianao’s ideal was to be a particularly idle rich second generation who could live without production and get dividends every year. But now that he was bound by his uncle on the ship of Summer Star Entertainment, he naturally wanted to help his company and its artists get more publicity.
Long Tianao was keenly aware of the promotion power of FlyNews’s open screen, so he wanted to cooperate with FlyNews.com.
But Tao Mu had no intention of doing business related to this: “We also need to see the acceptance level of the netizens. If it is too frequent, it will arouse the resentment of netizens.”
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Therefore, Tao Mu’s current plan was to open the screen for publicity only when FlyNews.com’s own projects were launched. For example, “The Great Wall of Flesh and Blood” and “Fashion Storm”, another example was the online shopping platform that would be launched before school starts at the end of the summer vacation.
In short, fertilizer and water would not flow to outsiders’ fields. Let the netizens of FlyNews.com support its own business, and so long as he paid attention to the frequency and the proportion. It was estimated that everyone would not reject this promotion mode.
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