The excitement of Kapuso fans ran high as GMA Entertainment Group inked a co-production deal with SBS Korea for the reality-comedy game show, Running Man Philippines, earlier today, Feb. 11, at GMA Network Center.
Present during the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, Vice President for Entertainment Group Redgie Acuña-Magno, Vice President for Business Development Department II - Comedy/Infotainment/Reality Productions Janine Piad-Nacar, Assistant Vice President for Business Development Department II Bang Arespacochaga, and Senior Program Manager/Producer Enri T. Calaycay.
Representing SBS Korea were Chief Global Contents Officer Kim Yong Jae and Global Production & Business Team Director Kim Soo Hwan.
For Atty. Gozon, the partnership with SBS Korea is another milestone for GMA and the country, “We are very delighted to partner with a great institution in content. We know that Running Man is a top-rating program not only in South Korea, but in other countries as well. And we hope to make it a top-rater, too, here in the Philippines.”
Kim Yong Jae, in turn, is elated to bring the hit Korean show to the local audience, “This is the first time to co-produce this show in the Philippines. We experienced big success in Vietnam, China, and we are expecting a lot here, too. We are adapting the Filipino culture and artists, so Filipino fans have a lot to be excited for.”
Running Man is one of South Korea’s most popular variety shows, featuring well-loved top Korean stars as cast and special guests like Jackie Chan, Tom Cruise, and Henry Cavill as guests competing in fun challenges, games, and races in different locations. After being on-air for almost a decade, the show has gained legions of fans not just across Asia, but all over the world as well.
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