Pumirma ng contract ang South Korean TV network SBS with GMA Network para sa co-production deal para sa show na Running Man Philippines na eere sa 2021.
Present sa February 11, 2020 contract signing sina GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, GMA Network President and COO Gilberto Duavit, Chief Financial Officer Felipe Yalong, SBS Korea Chief Global Contents Officer Kim Yong Jae, and Global Production & Business Team Director Kim Soo Hwan.
Ayon kay Yong Jae, ito ang first co-production ng SBS with a Philippine network.
"We experienced the success in Vietnam and China and we're expecting a lot in the Philippines also," sabi niya sa interview with GMA News.
Masaya naman si Atty. Gozon sa pakikipag-partner ng GMA-7 sa isang sikat na network in South Korea.
"We are also very delighted to partner with a great institution in content and we know that this Running Man is a top-rating program not only in South Korea but in other countries and we hope to make it also a top rater her in the Philippines."
Dagdag pa ng Yong Jae, they will incorporate Filipino culture and feature local artists sa co-production ng Running Man Philippines with GMA Network.
"We're not just selling the running man Korean version but the adaptive of Filipino cultures and also Philippine artist.
"Filipinos can expect a lot like example in China and Vietnam we had a success so we hope Philippine fans would expect a lot."
Ang Running Man ay isang hit South Korean variety show na unang umere noong July 11, 2010.
Ito ay tinuturing na isang "urban action variety" o genre of variety shows in an urban environment. Ang nagpapasaya sa show ay ang pag-complete ng missions ng guests para manalo sila sa race.
Kabilang sa mga naging celebrity guests ng Running Man ay sina Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, Superman star Henry Cavill, British comedian Simon Pegg at Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. Naging guest din ang mga South Korean stars na sina Song Joong Ki, Rain, CNBLUE's Jung Yong Hwa, Kim Yuna, BTOB's Yook Sung Jae, Kim So Hyun, Yoon Kyun Sang, Moon Geun Young, Ryu Jun Yeol, 2NE1, and Yoon Eun Hye.
Sikat ang Running Man sa maraming bansa in Asia and Europe. Dubbed ito sa iba't ibang languages tulad ng English, Persian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.
Ang cast members ng Running Man Korea ay sina Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, Yang Se Chan, and Jeon So Min. Dapat sana ay magkakaroon sila ng fan meet last Sunday, February 9, ngunit hindi ito natuloy dahil sa novel coronavirus outbreak.
Na-move ang fan meeting to June 21, 2020 sa Mall of Asia Arena.