Albee Benitez: Stop the network war!
The Philippine Star|October 10, 2020
Says the head of Brightlight Productions, the new TV5 blocktimer, ‘Stars shouldn’t be tied down to exclusive contracts and made to wait for a project. Why deprive them of livelihood?’
RICARDO F. LO

First, let’s call the roll (in random order).

Korina Sanchez-Roxas, Piolo Pascual, Catriona Gray, Billy Crawford, Maja Salvador, Ian Veneracion, Donny Pangilinan, Sue Ramirez, Beauty Gonzales, Dimples Romana, Alex Gonzaga, Miles Ocampo, Jake Ejercito, Bayani Agbayani, K Brosas, KC Montero, Jane Oineza, RK Bagatsing, Ariel Ureta, Edgar Mortiz, Wacky Kiray and Gloria Diaz. There’s more where they are coming from.

They are some of the Kapamilya stars recruited after the ABS-CBN shutdown by former Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez’s Brightlight Productions, the new big-time blocktimer on the TV5 Kapatid network with more than 18 hours of airtime every week.

Brightlight is set to launch (initially) fi ve big shows next week, kicked off by the Sunday noontime show on Oct. 18, directed by Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan, hosted by Piolo, Catriona, Maja and Alex; followed the same day by the light drama I Got You, starring Dimples, Beauty, Jane and RK; and the gag show Sunday Kada Sunday directed by Edgar Mortiz. The next day, Oct. 19, the daily noontime show Laugh Out Loud (LOL, Monday thru Saturday) will premiere, also with Mr. M at the helm; and on Saturday, Oct. 24, Korina’s top-rated magazine show retitled Rated Korina (from Rated K).

Why the preference for Kapamilya stars?

Explained Albee, “One of Brightlight’s objectives is to give work to displaced ABS-CBN stars,” as announced by TV5 big boss Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) that the network, true to its name (Kapatid as in brotherhood), welcomed talents left jobless by the non-renewal of the Kapamilya franchise.

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