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ABS-CBN inks partnership with GMA Network



Nearly two years after it went off air following a cease-and-desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission, embattled ABS-CBN Corp. found a new platform to reach more audience in what could be a historic deal in Philippine television.

GMA Network opened its door to make more history with rival ABS-CBN Corp. by forging more partnerships following its first deal on Tuesday, which allowed the Felipe Gozon-led network to license popular Star Cinema movies.

In an emailed statement on Wednesday, GMA said it seeks to cement its place as a one-stop-shop for major film studios including Regal Entertainment, Inc., Viva Films, OctoArts Films, and now, Star Cinema.

“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,” GMA Network President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. said.

“Our partnership today ushers in the 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.”

GMA Network president and CEO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. on the partnership between ABS-CBN and GMA Network

On 5 April, the Network hosted a historic contract signing with ABS-CBN to license some of Star Cinema’s most popular and well-loved movies.

Meanwhile, President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo L. Katigbak said the tie-up brings Star Cinema movies to more viewers.

“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.

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,’ and ‘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’ will also air via the Kapuso network.