HOOQ FILMMAKERS GUILD PREMIERES 5 ORIGINAL ASIAN PILOTS

Entertainment Press Releases Monday April 2, 2018 14:13
Bangkok--2 Apr--Immediate Resources Ltd.
The five selected screenplays premiere with the opportunity for one to become a full series

HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia – will premiere 5 original selected screenplays as pilot episodes to on the platform. This is part of the inaugural HOOQ Filmmakers Guild wherein the best of these 5 pilots will be commissioned into a full series on the platform.

The 5 pilots are: Bhak (India), Haunt Me (Singapore), How To Be A Good Girl (Singapore), Aliansi (Indonesia) and Heaven and Hell (Indonesia). The 5 were selected from over 500 submissions received by HOOQ, over a 2-month period, from all over South East Asia. They comprise a mix of genres, from sci-fi comedy to action-thriller and even supernatural-horror.

Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ, said, "We at HOOQ are so proud of the pilots, which the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild has produced. These pilots are proof of the quality of filmmakers and unique stories across Southeast Asia. It will be a very difficult decision to commission just one series! The success of the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild is just the beginning of many great things for the Guild's filmmakers. HOOQ is committed to support the talented filmmakers across Asia in 2018 and beyond as we continue to push boundaries to develop unique stories from an Asian perspective to keep our subscribers HOOQ'd month after month!"

Launched in June 2017, the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild is an annual initiative designed to seek out film talents in Asia that have great ideas but lack the opportunity to bring them to life on screen. Each of the above 5 screenplays received USD 30,000 to produce the pilot episode.

The pilots will now undergo judging from 5 esteemed filmmakers from Asia, namely Indonesia's Mouly Surya and Nicholas Saputra, Philippines' Erik Matti, as well as Thailand's Wasin Pokpong, and Puttipong Promasakha Na Sakolnakorn. In addition to professional judging, viewership numbers will also be taken into consideration and will also be factored in before the winner is selected.

Award-winning Indonesian director and competition judge, Mouly Surya, commented, "Right from the start, we were blown away by the creativity and individuality shown by these talented artists through their original screenplays. We are truly excited, now, to witness the culmination of all their hard work. But there can only be one winner, so our job is not going to be easy."

HOOQ's Chief Content Officer, Jennifer Batty, said, "This is the moment we've all been waiting for since we embarked on this journey in 2017. As a champion of Asian original content, we knew that there was a wealth of untapped potential in our Asian markets. We are incredibly proud of this talented batch of filmmakers who have worked tirelessly to bring their singular vision to life. May the best pilot win!"

HOW TO GET HOOQ

It's easy to get HOOQ'd. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ's extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Find out more and sign up today for a complimentary trial at www.hooq.tv and pay for the subscription through credit card.

About HOOQ

Built in Asia for Asia, HOOQ is Asia's first premium video-on-demand service to launch across the region. HOOQ is a start-up joint venture established in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. HOOQ delivers over 10,000 Hollywood, regional and local movies and TV shows to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download on their Internet device or platform of choice. HOOQ was also named Best Mobile App in the Media, Film, TV or Video category at the GSMA's Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2016 in Barcelona. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore with a population footprint of over 1.7 billion people. For more information, visit   www.hooq.tv

For more information on HOOQ, please contact:
Suthinart Suwannalak
Immediate Resources Ltd.
M: 087-933-7799
E: suthinart@immediateresources.co.th

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