OTJ: The Missing 8
Co-produced mini-series greenlights original video-on-demand Pinoy content on Hooq
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte
Reality Entertainment and director Erik Matti, in collaboration with Globe Studios, revealed cast members to the first Pinoy mini-series on Hooq, On The Job: The Missing 8, through a press launch at B Hotel’s Tent in Quezon City.
“We made the material first before casting. But the tricky part was finding the right cast. This is a brave project, an unchartered territory. We are happy that Hooq tapped us to explore formats we found from the original film; something of a challenge format based on a kind of topic or theme,” enthused director Erik Matti, who also co-wrote the material with Michiko Yamamoto. “The material is a composite of ten to twelve stories based on real events. We are also contemplating of adding some OPM tracks to the series such as songs of the Radioactive Sago Project, those of Joey Ayala, and/or songs written for the series,” he added.
The mini-series takes off on a Christmas season in the town of La Paz. In the midst of the Yuletide cheer, an altercation ensues between two seasoned mediamen, Christopher de Leon and Teroy Guzman (Sisoy), partners in a weekly newspaper; with the latter a paid hack for a politician.
After the Christmas festivities, eight journalists were gone missing. This event ushers in the entry of Bela Padilla, a city-based press person who seeks the aid of solon and former news reporter Arjo Atayde in investigating the eight’s disappearance. Only those from the prison camp knew what happened to the missing journalists. The story revolves around the goings-on in La Paz, Manila, and the prison camp.
The 6-part mini-series also star Leo Martinez (Gen. Pacheco), Dominic Ochoa (governor of La Paz), Jake Macapagal (Nato, the middleman), Smokey Manaloto (SPO3 Obet), Ria Atayde (Karen, daughter of Sisoy), Renz Ferandez (inmate Jek), and Nafa Hilario Cruz (younger sister of Karen). Also in the cast are stage actor Neil Ryan Sese, ballet meister Nonoy Froilan, and martial artist Levi Ignacio.
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“We’ve been spending hours in the pre-production stages, and will be spending more once the camera starts rolling. The mini-series has the same energy as the film and its snow-balling effect. The gray areas intensify the urgency of things,” said Reality Entertainment producer Dondon Monteverde.
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But things are just getting started. Hooq, together with producers Globe Telecom and Reality Entertainment, is about to bring to its 700,000 subscribers On The Job: The Missing 8, the first original series in an Asian on-demand platform based on Erik Matti’s cult film of the same title.
“On The Job: The Missing 8 tackles the world of media: what’s good, bad, scary, and fulfilling about it. How the news are created or changed, who has the louder voice, or how it can be distorted in favor of a lot of things. It is timely, in view of recent happenings involving men and women in the news. This mini-series is not about the truth but what each of you believes in,” revealed director Matti, at the end of the press confab.
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“What used to be a gaping hole on original Philippine content is now being filled with the likes of OTJ: The Missing 8. We are now starting the journey on building sustainable local content,” stated Dan Horan, Globe’s senior adviser for consumer business.
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“Filipinos love local content. And with Hooq’s on-demand videos, viewers can browse through and view rich content in different genres. OTJ: The Missing 8 is a co-funded project where all parties share in the cost of production,” shared Jil Bausa Go, Globe’s VP for Content.
“Coming up with a locally-made mini-series struck all the right notes for stories not yet told. It sets the stage for future Filipino content formats,” concurred Hooq’s chief content officer Khrisnan Rajagopalan.
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