Willie Revillame is finally back on the small screen after years of rumored compulsion to gambling to while away his time that he’s gotten used to clowning around on a game show set for TV.
GMA Network agreed to take the show host who left ABS-CBN years ago and joined TV5 in the hope of re-establishing himself as a viable brand on television. Unfortunately, he failed.
This time, he will try to raise his own flag on a different channel, and the people will be waiting if he’d finally succeed.
It’s a block-time deal, says GMA Network management, with Revillame’s own WBR Entertainment Productions, Inc. after both parties signed last Friday, March 20, the airtime agreement for Revillame’s variety program Wowowin on GMA-7 every Sunday beginning April 26.
“We are pleased to have Willie Revillame’s program in the Network. Willie has a very large following. Through our partnership with WBR Entertainment, GMA Network will be a part of the long awaited return of Willie Revillame on television,” says GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon.
“We are very grateful and glad to have our program WOWOWIN shown (sic) in GMA Network, the no. 1 TV station in the country. We will see to it that we deserve the trust (sic) reposed on us by GMA Network,” says WBR’s Revillame.
Carla’s choice – Kapuso
Some actors’ choice on which network they wish to be associated with depends on a lot of things. For Carla Abellana who remains a loyal Kapuso after renewing her contract with the network on March 23, it’s the feeling of being at home and being with people who allow her to grow as a performer.
The actress signed another three-year exclusive contract with GMA Network.
During the contract signing, the network’s big guns were all there Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; GMA Entertainment TV’s Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata; GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno; Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara; Assistant Vice President for Drama Productions Cheryl Ching-Sy. Of course, Carla’s manager Arnold Vegafria wasn’t too far behind.
Carla, who has been a loyal Kapuso for the last six years, shares that she is happy with how the Network helped her with her career, “I don’t see myself anywhere else. This is my home and this is where I belong. Same faces, always smiling. I told myself that these same people I’m gonna work with for the next three years.”
Atty. Gozon is pleased that Carla continues to affirm her loyalty to the Kapuso Network, “We offered Carla to renew her contract with the network. So, you see, she isn’t just beautiful, more importantly she is very loyal. We consider those things. So, we can’t ask for more from her. We consider ourselves lucky to have Carla again.”
Duavit has nothing but praises for Carla and considers her as one of the most talented and versatile GMA stars, “There are things or situations that we can’t part with. Let me thanks Carla for her trust and for all the honors she has brought us all. She is an exceptional actress, very professional, very versatile. And we do not see Carla anywhere but here.”
GMA Network has maintained a good relationship with Carla over the years, and the management expresses how easy it is to work with people who share a common ground.
Rasonable shares the upcoming projects of Carla this year, “She’s going to do another major soap. She’ll start working in two months, towards the middle of the year. She also has another project with News and Public Affairs, and Ismol Family is doing very well and she is also in Sunday All Stars.”
Vegafria, in turn, admits that his loyalty is with GMA because of the continued support they get from the network. He says, “We’re very comfortable and happy with how Carla is treated. GMA gave her a break and up to now, the support continues. So there’s no way for her, even me, to entertain offers from other networks.”