MANILA, Philippines – The chair of GMA Network Inc, the country’s second largest media group, said he and former entertainment chief Wilma Galvante, who is now behind an upcoming star search show on rival TV5, “had a good parting.”
“Wilma wrote me an e-mail telling me about her plans. She clarified her role in the new show. I’ve known Wilma for a long time. She will not do anything against GMA 7. We had a good parting,” he recently said, as reported by Inquirer.
Galvante was a long-time executive and was behind hit entertainment and reality shows at GMA-7. She retired from the network last February and resurfaced in the public media in June as one of the key forces behind TV5’s newest and ambitious star search show, “Artista Academy.”
The news comes amid the months-long talks of a possible equity deal between GMA-7 and TV5.
The TV5 show partnered with Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA), which Galvante runs, for the professional training of the young showbiz aspirants.
TV5’s “Artista Academy” replaces its previous show, “Star Power,” and dangles up to P20 million grand prize. A grand audition kicks off at the Smart Araneta Coliseum this coming June 19.
It is the latest among the current portfolio of star search shows among the Big 3 media groups. GMA-7 runs “Protégé,” a former singing competition tweaked into a reality-based star show, which replaced “Starstruck.”
On the other hand, ABS-CBN runs “The X Factor Philippines,” which was licensed from FremantleMedia Enterprises, a global brand creator. The Philippine edition replaced its previous show, “Star Circle Quest.”
All three reality shows are scouring the entire Philippines to find the next big showbiz star. – Rappler.com
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