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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.

Apr 26, 2019



Clifford Werber of Globalgate

VIVA IS surely and definitely going global. In line with the worldwide expansion of its operations, Viva has joined the prestigious Globalgate Entertainment.  Viva chairman and CEO Vicente del Rosario, Jr., sees this move as a major step towards his goal of making Viva Communications and all its productions available to the international market.

“Viva has a rich and diverse pool of creative talents and a massive catalogue of original content,” Del Rosario says. “It is now the right time to show the world what Filipinos are capable of, and I believe Globalgate Entertainment is the right partner to bring this to fruition. We look forward to working with them to expand our global footprint. We’re confident our strategic positioning alongside Globalgate and its top-tier partners around the world will likewise enhance Viva Communications’ dominance in the Philippines.”

 Headed by principals Clifford Werber, William Pfeiffer and Paul Presburger, Globalgate Entertainment is a local language film and TV production and financing venture aligned with Lionsgate. By signing with Globalgate, Viva joins a network that includes their other partners like Televisa (Latin America), Gaumont (France), Nordisk (Scandinavia), Kadokawa (Japan), Lotte (South Korea), Tobis (Germany), and Rai (Italy). It also includes TME (Turkey), Belga Filmes (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Paris Filmes (Brazil), and CineColumbia/ Dynamo (Columbia). Lionsgate covers the US, UK, and Canada.

Globalgate co-founders Pfeiffer, Werber and Presburger say: “Viva Communications, a closely-knit, world-class content production and distribution company, is a perfect fit for Globalgate’s consortium. Together with Vic and the entire Viva family, we’ll focus on the production of mainstream Filipino films while augmenting Globalgate’s formidable inventory of commercial intellectual property sourced from our consortium partners around the world.”

Viva Communications, Inc. has been providing entertainment content for Filipino audiences since 1981. It is engaged in the production of motion pictures and television and internet content and has the largest library of Filipino films with over 2000 titles. It is also involved in film distribution, music production and distribution and talent management.  Viva has many affiliated labels including Viva Films, Viva International Pictures, Viva Live, Viva Networks, Viva and Vicor Records, Viva Music Publishing and Viva Artists Agency.