• Matti on the lookout for next big series


    HOOQ executives Allison Chew, Jane Cruz-Walker and Jeff Remigio (rightmost) flank director Erik Matti (center) during his announcement as judge for the Filmmakers Guild project

    Southeast Asian video-on-demand service HOOQ announced the latest addition to the panel of judges comprising its Filmmakers Guild in the person of renowned director Erik Matti. Representing the Philippines, Matti who will lend his hand in the selection progress of a regional project that seeks to find the most imaginative TV series ideas of budding filmmakers and turn them into reality.

    “I believe the Philippines still has a lot of undiscovered filmmakers out there just waiting for their big break. The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild, will give these aspiring filmmakers a chance to see their ideas become reality, and hopefully inspire others pursue their dream,” Matti said at a media gathering in Quezon City.

    Matti is the third judge announced in the region that will helm the selection process of the five pilots to be produced and the full series of the winning title thereafter. The other two judges already in the panel are Indonesia’s Mouly Surya, a critically acclaimed director who recently screened at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, and Nicholas Saputra, also an Indonesian and an award-winning actor and documentary producer.

    HOOQ Chief Executive Officer Peter Bithos meanwhile enthused, “There is incredible talent for TV series making in Asia, and we want to give opportunities to film professionals to turn these amazing ideas into reality. HOOQ is built in Asia for Asia and we want to give Asian filmmakers the power to create quality entertainment that gives our customers that escape into worlds of romance, action, adventure and even heroism, all in the setting of their backyard. The Filmmakers Guild does just that, making Asia the nation from which great TV arises.”

    The guild is calling on film professionals around the region—be they directors, producers or scriptwriters—to send in scripts and treatments for a TV series idea they have. From these, the five best scripts will be given a funding of $30,000 to be converted into a pilot episode that will debut on HOOQ. Submissions are accepted from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

    The grand winner, whose pilot will take the next step into a full series, will be selected by a combination of subscriber votes and a star-studded a star-studded judging panel from across Asia as well as Hollywood.

    “The big names on the final panel of judges will have a separate announcement,” added Bithos.

    The search for the HOOQ Filmmaker Guild began on June 5 and will be open for entries until August 15.


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