GMA Network and ABS-CBN Corporation have sealed a new historic partnership for the co-production of a groundbreaking teleserye titled “Unbreak My Heart” with a stellar cast top-billed by the premiere artists of both media giants Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Joshua Garcia and Gabbi Garcia.
The romantic-drama series, which will be filmed in Switzerland, will air on the Kapuso network this year, and stream in 15 territories outside of the Philippines on Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional over-the-top video streaming service.
The partnership was made official during a contract signing and story conference event held at ABS-CBN last Jan. 23 with top officials from the three companies led by GMA Senior Vice President for Programming, Talent Management, Worldwide, and Support Groups Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Cory Vidanes and Viu Philippines Deputy Country Manager Vinchi Sy-Quia.
Kapuso officials who were welcomed at the signing event were First Vice President for Program Management Joey Abacan and Sparkle Assistant Vice President Joy Marcelo.
“It’s a first for Philippine TV and I’m sure it’s the audience that will be the winners in this collaboration. We’re very excited to be working with ABS-CBN on TV for the first time,” Gozon-Valdes said.
Representing the Kapamilya network in the historic event were Group Chief Financial Officer Rick Tan, TV Production and Star Magic Head Lauren Dyogi, International Sales and Distribution Head Pia Laurel and Dreamscape Entertainment led by its Head Deo Endrinal, Creatives Head Rondel Lindayag, Creatives Manager Joel Mercado and Business Unit Head Carlina Dela Merced.
“This is a milestone in the industry. We’re thankful for this opportunity, and we’re very happy to work with GMA to serve our audiences. We unite as one team. We never imagined that this was going to happen,” Vidanes said.
The momentous event was also graced by Viu Philippines Senior Project Manager Mil Alcain and Content Partnerships Head Garlic Garcia.
“Today, we are able to proudly showcase that on our platform with premium Filipino content not just for Filipino audiences, but also for global audiences to appreciate and enjoy. This is with a vision of bringing the best of the Filipino talent on-cam and off-cam to the world,” Garcia said.
Viewers can expect an exciting collaboration as the teleserye marks the first project of Jodi with young stars Joshua and Gabbi, who will also be paired together for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Jodi reunites with Richard, her former on-screen partner.
“This collaboration will really bring in opportunities not only to the networks, but for the people working in the network, for the people in the industry,” Jodi commented.
“I’m really proud, honored, and excited to be part of this show which is history in the making since this is the first time that two network giants will be working with each other. Of course I’m also excited to be working with Jodi again and all the other people in the cast,” Richard said.
“I’m really honored talaga na makasama dito, na pinili nila ako na maging parte ng proyektong ‘to. Excited ako na gawin ‘yung character,” Joshua enthused. While Gabbi shared, “It’s my first time doing this kind of role. Grabe ‘yung growth and ‘yung depth ng character ko dito sa show na ‘to.”
Joining the ensemble cast of “Unbreak My Heart” are Maey Bautista, Will Ashley, Bianca de Vera, Nikki Valdez, Eula Valdes and Laurice Guillen under the direction of Emmanuel Palo and Dolly Dulu. - ABS-CBN PR