Asian video streaming platform HOOQ has launched a TV series creation initiative, whereby the best scripts put forward will be funded for production of a pilot episode.
The Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Singtel-backed subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform is calling for professional directors, producers or scriptwriters to submit scripts and treatments for TV series proposals. The five best of these – from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia – will be given funding of US$30,000 to produce a pilot episode that will debut on HOOQ.
The best of the five pilot episodes, as decreed by an expert judging panel along with HOOQ subscribers, will be developed into an entire series and distributed by HOOQ.
“There is incredible talent for TV series making in Asia, and we want to give opportunities to film professionals to turn these amazing ideas into reality. HOOQ is built in Asia for Asia and we want to give Asian filmmakers the power to create quality entertainment that gives our customers that escape into worlds of romance, action, adventure and even heroism, all in the setting of their backyard,” said Peter Bithos, CEO, HOOQ.
The SVOD platform also unveiled five new Asian originals at the Asia Pay TV Operators (APOS) conference in Bali.
“There is a huge thirst for high-quality, unique Asian stories, told from an Asian perspective,” said Bithos. “We aim to satisfy this with HOOQ originals on our platform.”
HOOQ is set to expand an original series it produced with Globe Studios, called On The Job, from Filipino director Erik Matti. The five-episode crime thriller will now become a feature length film, which will be screened by HOOQ in cinemas in the Philippines in August, prior to streaming on the digital platform.
The T Party, an eight-part romantic comedy, centres on the online dating world. Also from the Philippines, it is directed by Joyce Bernal and Marvin Agustin.
The other three new projects are feature length films hailing from Indonesia. They comprise: revenge drama Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts; romantic drama Critical Eleven (pictured), an adaptation of a bestselling novel from Ika Natassa; and Sweet 20, a remake of CJ Entertainment's popular comedy from 2014 Miss Granny.