HOOQ, Asia’s first and largest premium video-on-demand service today reveals the cast of the highly anticipated On The Job: The Series.
Leading the cast is Teroy Guzman who plays SISOY a media veteran in his fifties, Nonoy Froilan who plays the role of PEDRING a politician, Bela Padilla is PAM a feisty journalist, and Neil Ryan Sese is ROMAN, the hired gun. Also part of the stellar cast are Christopher de Leon, Jake Macapagal, Smokey Manaloto and Dominic Ochoa.
OTJ: The Series Season 1 follows the story of four people–SISOY, a corrupt local media man under the payroll of PEDRING, the treacherous father of the town’s ruling political clan; PAM, a passionate and honest big network investigative journalist from Manila and ROMAN, a principled hired gun regularly brought out of prison to kill. Their paths cross when eight journalists from Sisoy’s town are massacred by Roman’s group and buried without a trace a day before Christmas Eve.
Pam jumps on the case just as Sisoy discovers his connection to Pedring won’t help him find out what happened to his friends. Despite their differences, the two work together to untangle the web of lies, controversy and corruption in a media circus where the truth keeps eluding them.
Based on Eric Matti’s multi-award winning movie OTJ, or On The Job, the original series marks the first big production created exclusively for an online video service in the region.
The six-part series is co-produced by Reality Entertainment the independent film outfit of Matti and Dondon Monteverde in partnership with Globe Studios.
‘It’s about time that we expand the themes that we started in the original On The Job movie,’ states award-winning director/producer Erik Matti. ‘Creating a mini-series exclusively for a video-on-demand service like HOOQ will allow us to explore unique stories that will be sure to pull in viewers who will want to get more immersed in this compelling world we’re building.’
For HOOQ, this is the first venture into producing original content. It is a natural alignment to HOOQ’s content strategy to differentiate its content and to play a part in growing the local content industry.
‘OTJ has become one of the most iconic films in recent history and we want to continue to elevate that high standard set by the movie but more importantly we want to give our customers unique and exclusive content to keep them HOOQ’d month after month!’ Says Jane Cruz-Walker, Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines.
Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan furthers, ‘We are very excited to finally start production of this new venture as it strengthens our commitment to provide the best content for our customers whether they are at home or on mobile. From partnering with content producers, we are now taking the next big step by co-producing all original materials, and Director Erik Matti’s OTJ series is the perfect choice given the success of its movie counterpart.’
HOOQ will be releasing OTJ in the Philippines and internationally to its other markets such as Thailand, India and Indonesia.
HOOQ currently holds the largest catalogue of Filipino content of any video-on-demand service from top local studios like GMA, Viva Communications, Regal Entertainment, and ABS-CBN. It has also increased its kids content through new partnerships with Viacom, Hasbro, MoMax, amongst others. HOOQ has also recently unveiled a mobile-first UX that enables customers to easily find movies, create playlists and discover even more content.
HOOQ, a start-up venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., is an award-winning service that empowers customers with unlimited online streaming access and an offline viewing option to top Hollywood and Filipino movies and television content, on any device including computers, smartphones tablets, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and now also on Airplay and mobile web.