MANILA, Philippines – Wilma V. Galvante, the former Senior Vice President for Entertainment at GMA-7, has joined rival TV5.
The Pangilinan-led TV5 said in a June 4 press invite for its upcoming reality-based star search show called Artista Academy that Galvante is involved in the show.
“We would like to request coverage for our upcoming presscon where the media could meet the key people behind the Academy, namely TV5’s Perci Intalan, Direk Mac Alejandre and Wilma Galvante,” the invite said.
Galvante was a long time entertainment executive at GMA Network, the operator of GMA-7 channel. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on February 24, GMA cited its policy on compulsory retirement as the reason for Galvante’s departure.
She produced many TV shows and was behind the singing contest, Ang Bagong Kampeon (The New Champion), which kick-started other talent shows. She also produced the TV series Mulawin, Darna, and Captain Barbell, and reality shows like Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition.
After the group of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan acquired control of ABC Development Corp, the operator of TV5, in 2009, several key executives and media personalities from ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, the respective leader and second biggest in the local media industry have transferred to TV5.
Pangilinan is also eyeing to acquire a controlling stake in GMA-7. – Rappler.com
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