MANILA, PHILIPPINES – ABS-CBN and GMA Network made history anew as they announced yesterday that their co-production agreement to bring “It’s Showtime” to viewers on GMA’s second free-to-air channel GTV on noontime starting July 1.
The signing was attended by top executives from both companies and the hosts of “It’s Showtime.” This historic event was hosted by Kapuso host Iya Villania and Kapamilya’s very own host Robi Domingo.
The event was held at Seda Hotel Vertis.
ABS-CBN’s famous noontime variety show will now be available on GTV, which can be accessed on various platforms, such as channel 27 on free TV, channel 15 on TVplus, channel two on GMA Affordabox, channel 24 on SKYcable, channel 11 on Cignal, channel 6 GSat, and channel 24 on Destiny Cable.
“Maraming pong salamat sa pagtanggap sa ‘It’s Showtime’ at sa pagyakap niyo muli sa ABS-CBN. Thank you for your kindness, GMA. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa lahat ng ‘It’s Showtime’ hosts at sa buong ‘It’s Showtime’ family dahil hindi kayo bumitaw at hindi kayo sumuko sa pagbibigay ng saya at serbisyo,” said ABS-CBN president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Carlo Katigbak.
“Sa pirmahan natin ngayong hapon with ABS-CBN, sa paglipat ng noontime program na very popular na ‘It’s Showtime [sa GTV], na mag-uumpisa sa July 1, at ‘yung mga nakaraan naming mga [partnership ng] ABS-CBN, siguro pwede na natin sabihin ngayon without any fear of contradiction na ‘yung kompetisyon o ‘TV war’ is finally over,” said GMA chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon.
ABS-CBN was also represented by chairman Mark Lopez, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for broadcast Cory Vidanes, and Officer In Charge (OIC) for finance group Vincent Paul Piedad. In contrast, GMA was represented by president and COO Gilberto Duavit Jr., executive vice president and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Felipe Yalong, and senior vice president for programming, talent management, worldwide, and support group, and president and CEO of GMA Films Annette Gozon-Valdes.
The “It’s Showtime” hosts Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Ogie Alcasid, Kim Chiu, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Ion Perez, Jackie Gonzaga, Amy Perez, Jugs Jugueta, Cianne Dominguez, MC, Lassy, and Teddy Corpuz expressed their gratefulness for the bosses of both networks and are also ready to meet the Kapuso viewers this Saturday.
The popular show “It’s Showtime” has brought joy and amusement to Filipino viewers for over the past 14 years with its unique, fun-filled segments and jolly hosts. The viewers have witnessed countless talented Filipinos nationwide through the show’s singing segment “Tawag ng Tanghalan” for its six editions. Currently, the longest-running singing competition has a new format called “TNT Duets” wherein past contestants will be teaming up as one to win the hearts of the judges known as the “hurados.”
The show also brings out delightful, heartwarming, and inspiring stories of contestants in its segments like “Mini Ms. U,” “Isip Bata” and “Rampanalo.”
In addition to GTV, “It’s Showtime” will continue to be seen on the Kapamilya channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and TFC from Monday to Saturday at noon. – WhatALife!/Val