HOOQ partners with Globe Studios for OTJ: The Series
I have seen OTJ the movie which stars Piolo Pascual. three years ago. I should say it was a well acted and directed tagalog movie by award-winning director/producer Erik Matti. I loved how all the actors played their characters so well. Upon checking Rotten Tomatoes for review. It garners 100% from Tomatometer and has positive reviews from the top movie critics.
When I heard that Erik Matti will do OTJ : The Series for HOOQ I am excited and expected the series to be good as the movie. This time there has a change of casting headed by Teroy Guzman, Bela Padilla, Nonoy Froilan, Neil Ryan Sese, Arjo Atayde among others.
HOOQ Asia’s first and largest premium video-on-demand service in partnership with Globe Studios revealed the star studded cast of OTJ: The Series to the media last Nov 8.
"We scoured the whole industry to find the best actors for OTJ and Im honored to be a part of this magnificent cast" said Erik Matti.
Based on Erik Matti’s multi-award winning movie OTJ, or On The Job, the original series marks the first big production created exclusively for an online video service in the region.
Leading the cast is Teroy Guzman who plays SISOY a media veteran in his fifties, Nonoy Froilan who plays the role of PEDRING a politician, Bela Padilla is PAM a feisty journalist, and Neil Ryan Sese is ROMAN, the hired gun. Also part of the stellar cast are Arjo Atayde, Smokey Manaloto, Dominic Ochoa, Jake Macapagal, and Christopher de Leon
OTJ: The Series Season 1 follows the story of four people--SISOY, a corrupt local media man under the payroll of PEDRING, the treacherous father of the town's ruling political clan; PAM, a passionate and honest big network investigative journalist from Manila and ROMAN, a principled hired gun regularly brought out of prison to kill. Their paths cross when eight journalists from Sisoy's town are massacred by Roman’s group and buried without a trace a day before Christmas Eve.
|Christopher de Leon|
Pam jumps on the case just as Sisoy discovers his connection to Pedring won't help him find out what happened to his friends. Despite their differences, the two work together to untangle the web of lies, controversy and corruption in a media circus where the truth keeps eluding them.
The six-part series is co-produced by Reality Entertainment the independent film outfit of Matti and Dondon Monteverde in partnership with Globe Studios.
|Director Erik Matti|
‘It’s about time that we expand the themes that we started in the original On The Job movie,’ states award-winning director/producer Erik Matti. ‘Creating a mini-series exclusively for a video-on-demand service like HOOQ will allow us to explore unique stories that will be sure to pull in viewers who will want to get more immersed in this compelling world we’re building.’
For HOOQ, this is the first venture into producing original content. It is a natural alignment to HOOQ’s content strategy to differentiate its content and to play a part in growing the local content industry.
“HOOQ Originals enhance our best-in-market content offering by adding exclusive local movies and TV series that are made for SVOD, and we are very excited to partner with both Reality Films as well as Globe to produce the first HOOQ original here in the Philippines,” says Krishnan Rajagopalan, HOOQ Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer.
“OTJ has become one of the most iconic films in recent history and we want to continue to elevate that high standard set by the movie,” says Jeffrey Remigio, Director of Content at HOOQ Philippines.
Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan furthers, ‘We are very excited to finally start production of this new venture as it strengthens our commitment to provide the best content for our customers whether they are at home or on mobile. From partnering with content producers, we are now taking the next big step by co-producing all original materials, and Director Erik Matti’s OTJ series is the perfect choice given the success of its movie counterpart.’
|Dan Horan and Jil Go|
|Globe's Jil Go, Cheska Ambrosio, Quark Henares and Aira|
HOOQ will be releasing OTJ in the Philippines and internationally to its other markets such as Thailand, India and Indonesia.
HOOQ currently holds the largest catalogue of Filipino content of any video-on-demand service from top local studios like GMA, Viva Communications, Regal Entertainment, and ABS-CBN. It has also increased its kids content through new partnerships withViacom, Hasbro, MoMax, amongst others.HOOQ has also recently unveiled a mobile-first UX that enables customers to easily find movies, create playlists and discover even more content.
HOOQ, a start-up venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., is an award-winning service that empowers customers with unlimited online streaming access and an offline viewing option to top Hollywood and Filipino movies and television content, on any device including computers, smartphones tablets, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and now also on Airplay and mobile web.
|Jil Bausa Go|
|Jane Cruz Walker,HOOQ Country Manager|
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