A few weeks before the highly-anticipated concert of MartinNievera and Pops Fernandez, a mild muddle became the topic of some showbiz denizens: Is GMA-7really the media partner of Missing You,which is slated to happen at the Big Dome on February 6?
In an article published by PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) last December 25, producer Jomari Yllana happily announced that GMA-7already agreed to be the concert's media partner.
He said, "Nagpapasalamat din ako sa media partnernamin, ang GMA Network, dahil binigyan nila kami ng magandang deal. Hindi langbasta magiging isang special post-Valentine presentation ang Missing You concert kundi pinayagannila kaming maging block timer ng network. That means, puwede kaming kumuha ngaming advertisers. At puwede ring mag-promote sina Pops at Martin sa mga showsng GMA-7."
But rumors of late hinted that the partnership may notmaterialize.
This issue was brought up during the presscon, held last January16 at the 17th floor of GMANetwork Center,with the executives of Kapuso network.
One of the showbiz editors said, "Kasi po, parang may lumabasna parang nagalit daw po ang ABS CBN..."
Ms. Wilma Galvante, GMA-7 senior vice president forentertainment, quickly replied, "Kanino nagalit? Sila yung artist, eh...Hindinaman sila yung producer, so, kung um-agree sila sa producer, at ito anggustong gawin ng producer...I think they have contract with their producer."
The premise here: As the producer, Jomari is the one who has the final say, unless his contracts with Martin and Pops stipulate that the artistsalso have the upper hand in choosing partners.
GMA-7 WILL AIR THE CONCERT. At this point, the definite thing is that Missing You will be shown on GMA-7, and take the time slot of SNBO (Sunday Night Box Office).
Ms. Wilma told the press people, "They wrote a letter to our President, andsignified interest to get block time... I think it would air in Marchor late February, so ano na yan, may agreement na kami with them."
But are the two artists going to promote the show in Channel 7as well?
The lady boss of GMA-7 answered, "To promote the concert, Idon't know, kasi kung sinasabi nilang exclusive sila sa kabila at hindi silapapayagang mag-promote dito nung concert nila live..."
When asked if the block time agreement was already signed bythe parties involved, Ms. Wilma said: "Yeah, oo."
But even after she made such confirmation, the hum during the pressconwas that Jomari's team was reportedly pressured by ABS-CBN to pull outthe deal with GMA-7.
A source told PEP, "Noong una, ayaw ng ABS-CBN. ‘Taposafter ma-sold out yung first batch ng tickets, biglang gusto na nila."
To verify this, we sent a text message to Bong Osorio, corporatecommunications head of ABS-CBN, yesterday, January 17, andhis reply: "No idea. Let me check, ha." At press time, no word from him yet.
PEP got in touch with DouglasQuijano, talent manager of Jomari Yllana, and he gave a one-liner regarding the issue:"Ang pinili niya, GMA."
We also made several attempts to contact Jomari last Friday, January 16, but his cell phonenumber was out of reach. Finally, PEP staffwriter Nerisa Almo was able to get hold ofhim last night at the Scentsfor Life event.
Jomari reaffirmed his statement last year, "Ang mediapartner namin is GMA-7."
He added, "But all is fair and every network is doing theirbest to help me. As a neophyte producer, I need all the help I can get, e. Andwhen I approached them both, open-hand sila, e, in helping me out. And I feelvery good and thankful and super nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila."