Fans will soon get the chance to watch their favorite Star Cinema films on the Kapuso network following a partnership deal between ABS-CBN and GMA-7.
The move is seen as a potential for the two networks to explore more deals and opportunities in the future.
ABS-CBN and GMA-7 held a virtual signing with executives of both networks present.
Those who represented GMA-7 were President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; GMA Network Films, Inc. President and Programming Consultant to the Chairman and CEO Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes; First Vice President for Program Management Department Jose Mari R. Abacan; Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier-Cruz; Assistant Vice President For Program Management Department Mitzi Garcia; and Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Jojo Aquino.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN representatives who took part in the signing event were Chairman Mark Lopez; President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo L. Katigbak; Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes; Group Chief Financial Officer Ricardo B. Tan, Jr.; Managing Director of ABS-CBN Films Productions Olivia Lamasan; Head of International Sales and Distribution Pia Laurel; Vice President for Corporate Communications Kane Errol C. Choa; PR Director Christelle Belmonte; and PR Manager Tonichi Tataro.
ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak called the historic deal “every storyteller’s dream.”
“Every storyteller’s dream is to have as many people as possible experience their creations. Now, because of the kindness of our friends at GMA, we have the special opportunity to bring our Kapamilya stories to a new audience,” Katigbak said.
“We hope the Kapusos find joy and inspiration in viewing our Star Cinema movies. And we also look forward to a new era of friendship and cooperation within our small industry. Maraming salamat kay chairman Gozon, Jimmy, Philip, Joel, Annette and all our friends at GMA for making this partnership happen,” he added.
Meanwhile, GMA-7 President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. said the partnership said will not only benefit both networks but most importantly, the Filipino audience.
“To us, we are very pleased because the significance of our partnership today ushers in possibility of a far broader set of conversations, potential partnerships and cooperation that will have the benefit not only mutually to GMA and ABS-CBN but as importantly, if not perhaps more importantly, to the benefit of the public we both serve – the Filipino viewer,” Duavit Jr. said.
“Looking forward, since we have as they say, broken the ice, there is great optimism that these conversations will start and continue. And we look forward to the possibility of this type of an opportunity again moving forward. Maraming salamat sa inyo. This is a significant day, maging Kapuso o Kapamilya man!” he added.
Below are the list of films that will air on GMA-7:
How to Be Yours
Till My Heartaches End
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
Ang Cute ng Ina Mo!
It Takes a Man and a Woman
Just The Way You Are
Can We Still Be Friends?
Finally Found Someone
No Other Woman
Won’t Last A Day Without You
The Panti Sisters
Isa Pa With Feelings
James & Pat & Dave
Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay
Suddenly It’s Magic
I Love You, Hater
Star Cinema or ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN.