Asia’s first video-on-demand service HOOQ has revealed the cast of the highly anticipated On The Job: The Series, based on Erik Matti’s multi-award winning movie of the same title in 2013.
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.
The six-part series is co-produced by Reality Entertainment the independent film outfit of Matti and Dondon Monteverde in partnership with Globe Studios.
“It’s about time that we expand the themes that we started in the original On The Job movie,” said award-winning director/producer 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,” he added.
This is HOOQ’s 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,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, the internet-based entertainment company’s co-founder and CEO.
“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,” added Jeffrey Remigio, the company’s director of content.
Meanwhile, Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan who was also present at the cast reveal at B Hotel in Quezon City stated, “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.”
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 with Viacom, Hasbro, MoMax, among others. HOOQ has also recently unveiled a mobile-first UX that enables customers to easily find movies, create playlists and discover even more content.
Born from the creative minds of maverick film director Erik Matti and veteran film producer Dondon Monteverde, Reality Entertainment has constantly defied the usual and ordinary in the movie industry.
In 2012, it made Philippine movie history by producing Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles, the first Filipino movie shot entirely against green-screen with 100-percent computer generated background.
Reality Entertainment was also behind several cinematic gems such as Pa-Siyam, On The Job, and Honor Thy Father, which has been acquired by 10 international film festivals and screened at the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.