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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 12, 2016

GMA & Apt To Co-Produce Movies With Hollywood Producers, Who Among Marian Rivera, Jennylyn Mercado & Maine Mendoza Will Be Paired With Foreign Actors

GMA NETWORK and APT Entertainment team up with Hollywood and Korean film producers David Shim and Choi Pyung Ho for a movie co-production with Korean and Filipino stars. The parties signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize their collaboration, which aims to combine the best of what the Philippine and South Korean entertainment can offer. Present during the signing held at the GMA Network Center were Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (Chairman and CEO, GMA Network); Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. (President and COO, GMA Network); Felipe S. Yalong (EVP and CFO, GMA Network); Ari P. Chio (VP for Investor Relations, GMA Network); Angela Javier Cruz (VP for Corporate Affairs and Communications, GMA Network), Antonio P. Tuviera, (Chairman, APT Entertainment); Michael B. Tuviera, (CEO, APT Entertainment); Jojo C. Oconer, (COO and CFO, APT Entertainment), David Shim (Chairman and CEO, Solaire Korea and Solaire International); Choi Pyung Ho (President, Solaire International) Noel Corpuz, (Managing Director, Solaire International); and Youngjae Lee, (Executive Director and CFO of Solaire International).

GMA and APT Entertainment are fresh from the box-office success of the Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza-starrer “Imagine You and Me” and are very excited to work with their Korean partners. “This is an exciting time for us in GMA and we consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Korean producers who are known for creating blockbuster hits in Hollywood and Korea,” says Atty. Gozon.

“We’ve been looking forward to doing a collaboration with other movie outfits to be able to present fresher, newer, ideas and executions. And GMA is very kind to bring us in together with our foreign partners. I’m sure we will be able to present quality entertainment to the movie going public,” says Mr. Tuviera.

After co-producing several movies in Hollywood and South Korea, like Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, JSA, and Myung Ryang, to name a few, David Shim and Choi Pyung Ho are now ready to break into the Philippine movie market. “With the experience and expertise accumulated over the past 20 years in film making both in Hollywood and Korea, Choi and I will work with GMA and APT in providing what should be a truly "ground-breaking" level of motion picture experience to the Philippine audience,” said Shim.

We heard the local actresses being considered to be paired with top Korean actors are Marian Rivera, Jennylyn Mercado and Maine Mendoza. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for them.