The Philippines

The pay-TV sector in Asia is set to track sideways over the next five years, with net new subscriber numbers negligible, a drift of sports to online platforms and a forecast of consolidation, according to a new study. The Asia Pacific Pay-TV Distribution 2022 report from Singapore-based consultancy Media Partners…

Panellists at influencer convention CreatorWorld outlined four major shifts happening in the online video space in recent years. CreatorWorld is held under the umbrella of the Singapore Media Festival. Niche content is becoming more successful. Creators who create specific niche content will have a big opportunity to break out, according…

Cleopatra Wong, a kick-ass Interpol agent known to have influenced some of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, is to be revived in an upcoming Asian TV series. The female action hero was created by The Philippines’ Bobby Suarez (aka George Richardson) and featured in three movies – “They Call Her Cleopatra Wong,”…

Erik Matti, one of the Philippines’ most celebrated filmmakers, is set to direct a prequel to “On The Job: The Missing 8,” his critically acclaimed political crime thriller franchise. Reteaming Matti and screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto, the untitled pic will mark the third film in the “On The Job” trilogy which kicked…

Organizers of the 33rd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival are naturally keen to prove that the event is as nearly as possible back to normal after two years of COVID turbulence. Thong Kay Wee, in his first full year as program director, has also been keen to put…

Paid video subscriptions and viewership grew in Southeast Asia in the third quarter of the year, according to a new report. Activity was juiced by Amazon Prime Video’s push into the region, live sports from Vidio and strong content supply from leaders Netflix, Disney+ and Viu. The Southeast Asia Online…

NBCUniversal International Networks and direct-to-consumer is set to launch DreamWorks, the 24-hour channel dedicated to kids and family entertainment. DreamWorks is distributed as a linear and on-demand service on SFR, the French telco group available on French TV sets. The service is available to all SFR subscribers. “We are thrilled…

Malaysia’s Rajendran brothers, producer Kumanavannan and director Gogularaajan, are angry and have a divinity-tinged story to tell. Tamil and Malay-language project “Depth of Darkness” (“Kaali”) comes to India’s Film Bazaar co-production market from Busan, where in October, it won the development award at incubator program Malaysian Development Lab for Fiction…

Gianfranco Rosi’s documentaries tend to plant a camera in challenging passages of everyday life that otherwise go largely unrecorded: the Middle Eastern war zones of “Notturno,” the island standoff between villagers and refugees in “Fire at Sea,” the highway-side working-class apartments of “Sacro GRA.” “In Viaggio,” however, sees him turn…

In writing the harrowing story of a Romanian stowaway trying to reach America aboard a cargo ship while hiding from merciless Taiwanese officers, Mihai Mincan found inspiration in the overwhelming fear that he once felt in his own dire predicament.   “To the North,” which screens in competition at the…

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains spoilers from the Nov. 2 episode of “Chicago Med.” Asjha Cooper is saying goodbye to “Chicago Med.” The actress, who has played Vanessa Taylor since Season 6, exited during Wednesday’s episode, Variety confirms. The character, who was previously revealed as Maggie’s (Marlyne Barrett) daughter who she’d given up for…

The power of sound and the impacts of war dominated the 26th Ji.hlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival awards, with French doc “07:15 – Blackbird” taking home both the main prize and the cinematography award. The story of a young girl’s quest to identify the call of a mysterious bird, directed…