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ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema merges with GMA Network, a ‘historic deal’


GMA Network hosted a historic contract signing with ABS-CBN on Tuesday, April 5, to license some of Star Cinema’s most popular and well-loved films.

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 B. Laurel, Vice President of Corporate Communications Kane Errol C. Choa, PR Director Christelle Belmonte, and PR Manager Tonichi Tataro were all present during the virtual event.

In attendance from GMA Network 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 Aquio.

GMA Network President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit believes that the partnership is mutually beneficial for both companies because it will “usher in possibility of a far broader set of conversations, potential partnerships and cooperation that will have the benefit.”  

He said that the partnership will also benefit the public both the companies serve pertaining to “the Filipino viewer.” 

“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,” Duavit said.

Meanwhile, GMA Network Vice President for Program Management Department Jose Mari R. Abacan, shares his excitement for this collaboration, “Sa tagal ko pong nagpo-programming ng network at sa pagbili ng pelikula, tuwang-tuwa po ako na after having a lot of relationships with other majors ay madadagdagan na naman po tayo ng isang grupo na tinitingala ko magmula pa nung una. Maraming salamat, Star Cinema at ABS-CBN. And I am inviting everyone to witness this momentous affair.”

“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,” ABS-CBN President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo L. Katigbak said.

“We hope the Kapusos findjoy 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,” Katigbak added.

According to GMA News, some of the notable movies that will air on GMA-7 include “Alone/Together,” “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,” “Fantastica,” “Can We Still Be Friends? Finally Found Someone, “No Other Woman,” “Won’t Last A Day Without You,” “Must Be… Love,”The Panti Sisters,” “Isa Pa With Feelings,” “James & Pat & Dave,” “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay,” “Feng Shui,” “Suddenly It’s Magic,” and “I Love You, Hater”.

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