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Rappler Talk: Albee Benitez on shifting from politics to entertainment

A few years back, Albee Benitez was slugging it out at the House of Representatives, where he led the Visayac bloc and headed the committee on housing. But in 2020 – and in the middle of a pandemic – Benitez shifted his focus to what may seem like an unlikely venture: media and entertainment.

The former Negros Occidental congressman is now producer to at least 6 entertainment programs – from variety musical to news magazine shows – through his company, Brightlight Productions.

Brightlight, which first focused on movies, produces a full lineup of shows for TV5 – many of them headlined by on- and off-cam talents from ABS-CBN.

In this episode of Rappler Talk, Benitez talks to entertainment editor Bea Cupin about why he's entering show business, why a blocktime deal with TV5 makes sense, and the future of TV entertainment in the Philippines.

Bookmark this page to catch the interview on October 20 or follow Rappler on social media. – Rappler.com