Company logo used since 2011
|Founded|| 1972: Saigon, Republic of Vietnam |
Refounded: 1983: Paris, France
|Founder||Tô Văn Lai|
|Headquarters||Westminster, California, United States|
|Tô Văn Lai (Chairman)|
Marie Tô Ngọc Thủy (President/CEO)
Thúy Nga Inc. ( listen ) (dba Thúy Nga Productions, variously referred to as Thúy Nga Incorporated, Thúy Nga Paris, and Trung Tâm Thúy Nga) is an American entertainment company founded in 1984 in Paris, and currently based in Westminster, California. The private company is known for its Vietnamese-oriented entertainment, such as the variety show and direct-to-video series Paris by Night , and music released as part of the record label Thúy Nga Music.
Founder Tô Văn Lai first formed a music company in 1963, in Saigon, South Vietnam, as a precursor for the current company and record label.After the Fall of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam, the company had to stop operating for a period of time.
Tô began operations for Thúy Nga in 1984, in Paris, France, starting with production for the show Paris by Night . Afterwards, the company transferred to Orange County, California, which has one of the largest Vietnamese populations outside of Vietnam.The company has since produced more shows in the series, along with other videos, and a catalog of albums by various artists from the Thúy Nga Music record label.
In the 21st century, however, the company began to lose revenue due to the piracy of the video and album releases, with chief-executive Marie To commenting, "Profit? We are barely making it." Works released by the company are also banned in Vietnam, which has the largest source of pirates.
Due to the rampant online piracy, Vietnamese entertainment companies have ceased productions, with exceptions being Thúy Nga, Garden Grove-based Asia Entertainment, and Van Son. In 2008, Marie To commented, "Ten years ago, there were about two dozen music studios, now only three labels are active."In 2010, Thúy Nga nearly shut down, narrowly avoiding it due to community support and new business strategies, which included lowering the cost to perform at venues, and increasing advertising.
The company has since moved to social media by 2010, posting videos of Paris by Night performances and full albums on YouTube along with advertising, in order to lure audiences into purchasing the label's works.
Although production for the company's products include various freelance workers, producers, directors, and such, the full-time staff is limited to about a dozen people. Many singers for the company have originated in Orange County.
In addition to its headquarters at Westminster, California, and its original headquarters in Paris, Thúy Nga also has regional sales and distribution centers in Toronto, Canada and in Bankstown, New South Wales in Australia. The company also transferred part of its Australian distribution rights to a local music center at Footscray, Victoria.[ citation needed ]
These artists have released albums (billed as a main artist) under the main Thúy Nga Music label.
Paris By Night 83: Những Khúc Hát Ân Tình is a Paris By Night program that was filmed at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California on Saturday, May 27, 2006. It is the first program to be released to a 3-disc DVD format on Thursday, September 21, 2006. The first two discs are Part I and Part II of the music program. And the third disc is special features, mainly documentaries about the composers featured in this program. The third disc also includes two bonus MTV music videos.
Lê Lâm Quỳnh Như, known professionally as Như Quỳnh, is a Vietnamese-American singer. Performing Vietnamese popular music in the diaspora, she is internationally known for her vocal style, as well as duets with musicians like Thế Sơn and Trường Vũ, with whom they have been noted to "link international Vietnamese music to Vietnam itself".
Paris By Night 88: Lam Phương - Đường Về Quê Hương is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 5, 2007. It is a direct continuation of Paris By Night 22: 40 Năm Âm Nhạc Lam Phương and Paris By Night 28: Lam Phương 2 - Dòng Nhạc Nối Tiếp, that was released several years earlier. This program was codenamed, In Houston 2. Before the main subject title was announced, the program was then codenamed to In Houston 2: Lam Phương 3. The three was scrapped off the title and the subject was simply, Lam Phương.
Trần Thị Minh Tuyết better known as Minh Tuyết, is a Vietnamese-American pop singer, currently performing on Thúy Nga's Paris by Night. Her sisters are Cẩm Ly and Hà Phương who perform with her as part of the cast of Paris by Night. She is known in the Vietnamese American culture as the Vietnamese Pop Princess. Her real name is Trần Thị Minh Tuyết, which in English literally means "Morning Snow."
Paris By Night 89: In Korea is a Paris By Night program that was filmed at the Olympic Fencing Gymnasium at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, July 1, 2007. It is Thúy Nga's first venture into Asia to tape a Paris By Night program. Thúy Nga chose to tape at South Korea, rather than any other country in Asia simply because of the popularity of Korean actors and singers to the Vietnamese community. The program is directed by a Korean director, Seounghyun Oh. It is Thúy Nga's fourth "Live" show.
Paris By Night 90: Chân Dung Người Phụ Nữ Việt Nam is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on September 15, 2007 and September 16, 2007.
Paris By Night 92: Nhạc Yêu Cầu was filmed on May 10, 2008 and May 11, 2008, the weekend of Premier League's Survival Sunday, at Knott's Berry Farm, California. In an attempt to make the programs more diverse, Thúy Nga had encouraged the fans to send in their requests in the format of video clips. The requested songs can be done by an individual or a group of people.
Paris By Night 91: Huế, Sài Gòn, Hà Nội is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on January 12, 2008 and January 13, 2008.
Paris By Night 95: 25th Anniversary - Cám Ơn Cuộc Ðời is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga Productions that was filmed at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on September 21, 2008.
Paris By Night 79: Dreams is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, on August 20, 2005. The show was MC'ed by Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên.
Paris By Night 77: 30 Năm Viễn Xứ is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Terrace Theater in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on March 5, 2005. It was released to DVD on April 28, 2005 two months later, just in time 2 days before the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 2005.
Paris By Night 78: Đường Xưa is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre Studio #40 in Toronto, Canada on June 11, 2005. The MC's were Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên. Seats are limited to a studio audience and is considered a private event.
Paris By Night 80: Tết Khắp Mọi Nhà is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at Studio 40 of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto, Canada on October 29, 2005.
Nguyễn Thị Hương Thủy, commonly known by her stage name Hương Thủy, is a Vietnamese-language singer from southern Vietnam known for ca dao and cải lương singing. She appears on the long running Vietnamese diaspora variety show Paris by Night, making her debut in Paris By Night 72: Tiếng Hát Từ Nhịp Tim. She also acts in their plays and musicals.
Paris By Night 96 - Nhạc Yêu Cầu 2 is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Knott's Berry Farm on April 18, 2009 and April 19, 2009 and release DVD from June 25, 2009. The show was MC'ed by Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên.
Paris by Night 98: Fly With Us to Las Vegas is a Paris by Night program produced by Thúy Nga that was filmed at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and had a DVD release on December 10, 2009. The show was hosted by Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên.
Paris By Night 100: Ghi Nhớ Một Chặng Đường is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga Productions that was filmed at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on July 3 & 4, 2010 and released DVD on October 7, 2010. The show was hosted by emcees Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên.
Paris By Night Divas - Đêm hội ngộ của các nữ siêu sao is a musical variety show produced by Thúy Nga, taping at Knott's Berry Farm on 20 January 2010. The program lasts about five hours, with Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên as MCs. This is a special Paris By Night, as this is a tribute for the divas.
Paris By Night 101: Hạnh Phúc Đầu Năm is a Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga Productions that was filmed at Pechanga Resort and Casino, California on November 13 & 14, 2010. This is the fourth Paris by Night program celebrating Tết followed three previous editions: Paris by Night 85: Xuân Trong Kỷ Niệm (2007), Paris By Night 80: Tết Khắp Mọi Nhà (2006) and Paris by Night 76: Xuân Tha Hương (2005). The DVD was released on January 14, 2011.
Paris By Night 102: is a Vietnamese Paris By Night program produced by Thúy Nga Productions. Filming began on July 12, 2010, and continued through February 13, 2011 at Charles M. Schulz Theatre in Recreation Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, Southern California. The theme continues from Paris By Night 92: Nhạc yêu cầu and Paris by Night 96: Nhạc yêu cầu 2 but limited requirements required of the audience in the songs of composer Lam Phuong. The majority of performances were live theater performances and were filmed live. The DVD was released on April 15, 2011. In the DVD, Thuy Nga changed the mix is made by musician Hoai Phuong instead of Tung Chau and other musicians like the majority of previous productions of Paris by Night.