GMA Network and APT Entertainment are proud to announce their partnership with Hollywood and Korean film producers David Shim and Choi Pyung Ho.
In a statement sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the aforementioned parties aim to create a new movie project that will hit the cinemas soon.
The partnership "aims to combine the best of what the Philippine and South Korean entertainment can offer."
A memorandum of agreement was signed by the parties earlier today, September 9, at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
This development comes at the heels of the success of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's first solo movie Imagine You And Me that was released back in July.
A movie collaboration between the Philippines and South Korea will soon hit cinemas in the country as broadcast leader GMA Network and APT Entertainment team up with Hollywood and Korean film producers David Shim and Choi Pyung Ho. The parties signed today, Sept. 9, a memorandum of agreement to formalize their collaboration, which aims to combine the best of what the Philippine and South Korean entertainment can offer.
Film and TV executives were present at the signing 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).
Some of the films produced by David Shim and Choi Pyung Ho include Gladiator (2000), Saving Private Ryan (1998), American Beauty (1999), J.S.A. (2000), and Myeong Ryang (English title: The Admiral, 2014), among many others.
In an interview, David Shim promised that they will bring something 'ground-breaking' to the Philippine film industry with the help of the Kapuso network and APT Entertainment.
He said, "With the experience and expertise accumulated over the past 20 years in filmmaking 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."
Kapuso Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon expressed his excitement over this setup.
He said, "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."
APT's Chairman Mr. Tuviera said they have been open to partnering with other groups in order to introduce innovations.
Mr. T said, "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 moviegoing public."
Kapuso Network's EVP Felipe Yalong added, "Maganda itong development because it’s a combination of three great organizations, we have GMA, we have APT Entertainment and then the Korean team, who are very knowledgeable about movie making. It’s a great opportunity for the Philippine movie industry and we’re looking forward to the success of the venture."