In an interview with CNN’s Matt Rivers, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed her plans for run for re-election in 2020.

Speaking on her presidential plane as part of an upcoming half-hour special on Talk Asia, Tsai said she wanted to “complete her vision for Taiwan”

Tsai was the first woman to be elected leader of the self-governed democratic island in 2016, sweeping to power amid promises to overhaul the economy and lessen Taiwan’s reliance on mainland China.

Tsai has defied Beijing several times during her tenure and suffered bruising losses during local elections in 2018, prompting her to resign as chairwoman of the party. Reflecting on her Presidency so far, Tsai tells Rivers that despite criticism she has faced, she is “confident” in her ability to win in 2020.

Read the full story on CNN: https://cnn.it/2X9Mxsi


Key quotes from President Tsai Ing-wen:

On why she is seeking re-election:

“It’s natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and want to finish things on his or her agenda… I’m confident. It’s something I have to be prepared for.”

On criticisms she has faced during her first term:

“Again, it’s another challenge. Being President here, you’re not short of challenges. At good times you have challenges of one sort, and in bad times you have challenges of another sort. So, it’s always a challenge – one after the other.”


President Tsai was speaking to CNN ahead of an upcoming half-hour interview on Talk AsiaThe full interview airs on CNN International from Friday 22nd February at the following times:

Premieres on Friday February 22 at 18:30 PHT

Reruns on Saturday February 23 at 14:30 PHT

Sunday February 24 at 03:30 PHT and 20:30 PHT

Saturday March 2 at 20:30 PHT

Sunday March 3 at 14:30 PHT

Monday March 4 at 03:30 PHT

Incarcerated Men And Prison Staff Appears As First-Time Actors In This Film That Was Shot Entirely At An Indiana Maximum Security Prison

SINGAPORE, 11 FEBRUARY 2019 – The HBO Films drama O.G. debuts same time as the U.S. on Sunday, February 24 at 11am exclusively on HBO. The film repeats on the same day at 11.30pm. Starring Jeffrey Wright (Emmy® winner for HBO’s “Angels in America,” two-time Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Westworld”), the film is directed by Madeleine Sackler (Emmy® winner for HBO’s “Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus”) and written by Stephen Belber (Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “The Laramie Project”). 

O.G. follows Louis (Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher.

Also starring Theothus Carter and William Fichtner (“Crash”), O.G. premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where Wright won the award for Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. It was filmed over a five-week period at Indiana’s maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility.

Groundbreaking in that it was filmed in an active prison, with several of the incarcerated men and prison staff appearing as first-time actors, O.G. takes an intimate and unflinching look at the journey of one man at the precipice of freedom. 

The film is executive produced by Sharon Chang, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Mark Steele, Nic Marshall; produced by Madeleine Sackler, Boyd Holbrook, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Nick Gordon, Trevor Matthews, Stephen Belber and Ged Dickersin.

Director Madeleine Sackler describes the inspiration behind the film’s uniquely realistic approach, noting, “There have been so many prison films that it’s become a genre of its own. To me, when a type of story becomes a genre, it can lose its uniqueness or its specificity in the storytelling.

“My goal was to disregard the prison genre and start from scratch, starting with one character, a man preparing to leave after many years behind bars. To do that as authentically as possible, to truly understand and portray that experience, I wanted to make the film in close collaboration with people going through the experience themselves, so I started calling different departments of correction around the country. And I was very lucky when the state of Indiana called me back.

“This film wouldn’t be what it is if we hadn’t made it as a collaboration with the prison and with hundreds of men incarcerated there. And to have two films come out of the experience, one fiction and one nonfiction, is very exciting. We were able to explore many different themes.”

For Jeffrey Wright, it was a unique experience filming in an active prison, which helped him step inside his character. He explains, “It was absolutely necessary for me to wrap my head and my body around who this character was and what the story was that we were trying to tell. It’s a pretty informative place. It’s an affecting place. There’s an energy inside that place unlike no other, no other. It’s heavy, it’s kind of laden with trauma. It’s just molecularly heavy inside, and it certainly informed our understanding of the story, of the issues, and in my case, the character that I was playing.”

Director Sackler describes her introduction to Theothus Carter, saying, “His audition was incredible. We were watching hundreds of people in one week, and you can’t imagine the array of men who are incarcerated, and the talent and depth that they bring to the dialogue. There’s just no replacement for the real way that people move and interact and talk. And then Theothus came in, and he just blew me and the casting director away. And then he worked harder than anyone else.”

Wright says, “Theothus was all business, and he has a force to him. He has capabilities that we see through this film, that he had never tapped into in a way as constructive as this, perhaps in his lifetime.”

O.G. is an HBO Films and Maven Pictures Presentation in association with Brookstreet Pictures, a Great Curve Films production of a Madeleine Sackler film. The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Wolfgang Held; editor Frédéric Thoraval; production designer Michael Bricker; and costume designer Heidi Bivens. Music by Nathaniel Méchaly; casting by Richard Hicks.

After the screenplay for O.G. had been developed and Sackler was prepping to shoot the film, she began collaborating with 13 men incarcerated at the facility on a nonfiction film. In IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, co-directed by Sackler and those men, several of whom were also first-time actors, they study filmmaking as a vehicle to explore their memories and examine how they ended up with decades-long sentences. Animated sequences by Yoni Goodman (“Waltz with Bashir”) bring their stories to life.

Sackler says, “In a way, O.G. and IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT are two different sides of the same coin. In O.G., Louis is preparing to leave prison after 24 years of incarceration. In IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, the men look deeper into the paths that got them to prison in the first place. In that sense, neither film is about being in prison, but something deeper.”

DIRECTOR MADELEINE SACKLER’S STATEMENT

When I set out to make O.G., a lot of people told me it would be impossible. That I’d never find a prison that would let me do it. That it would be dangerous. That the new actors wouldn’t be able to act as well as experienced actors. So, I stopped telling people about it, and almost six years later, we’ve finished two films: O.G., a fiction film, and IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, a nonfiction film. Both films take place in the same prison, and some of the men who act in O.G. are co-directors of HARD TRUTH.

The goal was always to shoot a fiction film entirely within the walls of a maximum-security prison. It would be about a man who had spent decades behind bars and was now six weeks away from getting out of prison. During those six weeks, he would encounter a young man, new to the prison, whom he would take under his wing and try to help avoid some of the mistakes he had made himself. This friendship would potentially cost him his release, and he would ultimately have to choose between helping the young man or leaving prison and beginning the rest of his life. Those characters would become Louis, played by Jeffrey Wright, and Beecher, played by Theothus Carter.

The largest influence on the film was the people we met along the way, people who shared their experiences, allowing us to infuse the work with their point of view. About a hundred hours of interviews with men who had been in the prison for decades, men who had just arrived, men in gangs, men retired from gangs, corrections officers, social workers, internal affairs officers and staff, all helped screenwriter Stephen Belber and me craft the screenplay. The director of photography, Wolfgang Held, came on that first research trip, and we were able to scout all the locations that we would shoot in nearly three years later. And finally, after many more trips to the prison, the administration allowed us to have an open casting call with about 150 men.

As a documentary filmmaker where control during production is not always possible, having the ability to shot-list and plan out the visual style of the film from an early stage was a dream, as was working with dozens of first-time actors alongside brilliant actors like Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner and others. The goal was to make a prison film unlike any other prison film, one that shares the feeling of having lived in a cage for 24 years, of only being able to imagine life outside those walls.

Looking back, all the things that people said would be impossible about O.G. are the things that I derived the most energy from. Working with that combination of new actors and experienced actors created such a dynamic environment on set, where everyone had something to learn from everyone else. And the assumption that so many people had made at first, that this would be impossible or dangerous, that people inside prison couldn’t do it, strengthened my resolve to make a film as real and true as possible to the feelings and experiences that were entrusted to me by the men inside. 

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will Once Again Headline the Network’s Multi-Platform Coverage Beginning at 7AM

An Exclusive Sneak Peek of Country Singer-Songwriter Kacey Musgraves’ Rainbow Music Video will Premiere During Live From the Red Carpet

Manila, February 08, 2019 – A-list music artists and celebrities will come together to commemorate music’s biggest night as Ryan Seacrest and E! News’ Giuliana Rancic return to co-host the network’s signature E! Live From the Red Carpet: The 2019 Grammy Awards bringing viewers the most spontaneous and entertaining interviews with music’s biggest stars and nominees, alongside What the Fashion co-host and E! News correspondent Zuri Hall and former TRL host and music expert Tamara Dhia. An exclusive sneak peek of country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgrave’s music video for Rainbow will also debut during the live telecast. E! will provide viewers with unparalleled multiplatform coverage on-air, on digital and across mobile and social live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Monday, February 11th as E!’s live coverage begins at 7AM.

E!’s complete coverage kicks off at 7AM with E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2019 Grammy Awards featuring The Real co-host Jeannie Mai, comedian on E!’s Dating #NoFilter and Nightly Pop co-host Nina Parker, Tanya Rad from iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM, and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, along with Fan Correspondent Tamara Dhia, as they count down the 18 most-anticipated moments to expect at the Grammys show and red carpet.

Fans can follow every moment as the event unfolds and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on E! News digital at eonline.com, by downloading the E! News app, @enews across social platforms (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook), @e_news on Snapchat, and @eentertainment (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat). Style fans can also follow along @stylecollective on Instagram for a fashion-first approach to the night.

E! is seen on Sky Cable Ch.57, Cignal Ch.61 and other cable operators nationwide.

Complete Schedule:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

7AM

E! Live From The Red Carpet: The 2019 Grammy Awards hosted by Ryan Seacrest and E! News cohost Giuliana Rancic, alongside E! News correspondent Zuri Hall and Tamara Dhia.

E!’s Live From The Red Carpet is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Wilshire Studios. Ryan Seacrest, Gary Snegaroff, Shaun Smith and Gerry Johnston are executive producers.

About NBCUniversal International Networks

NBCUniversal International Networks is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 165 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include UNIVERSAL TV, SYFY, E! Entertainment Television, 13TH STREET, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, Bravo, DreamWorks and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK and The Style Network in Australia. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operates CNBC and NBC News internationally.

NBCUniversal International Networks is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About E! News

E! News is a leading multiplatform content brand serving high quality, engaging entertainment and lifestyle content driven through the lens of celebrity and pop culture. The brand’s robust programming slate includes E! News hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy; the daytime series Daily Pop, which provides your daily dose of insider gossip; E!’s latest topical late night talk series “Nightly Pop”; “The Rundown” and “What The Fashion!” on Snapchat; “Live From E!,” airing on YouTube and Facebook Live; and eonline.com the go-to destination for all things pop culture. E! News is also the largest entertainment media brand on social media with over 1 billion engagements per month.”

About Wilshire Studios

Wilshire Studios develops and produces a diverse slate of original unscripted programming for multiple platforms, aligning with award-winning producers and innovative storytellers to create compelling content that explores reality through a variety of formats. From USA Network’s “Real Country,” to “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” for Netflix; Oxygen’s “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers” and “Mysteries and Scandals;” to E!’s signature “Live from the Red Carpet,” “Busy Tonight” hosted by Busy Philipps and the debut “People’s Choice Awards,” Wilshire Studios produces series that are informative, revealing, thrilling and entertaining. Wilshire Studios is part of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio.

About Ryan Seacrest Productions

Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning entertainment production company creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces “E! Live from the Red Carpet” award shows, the E! hit cable series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, as well as Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.” Additionally, RSP produces “Insatiable” for Netflix. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

THE PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 22, 2019 – HBO Asia’s new original Taiwan drama series, THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》, is a ten-part hour-long series that follows the aftermath of a mass-shooting where all parties involved – the killer, the victims, the victims’ families, the media and the defense teams, whose fates are all intertwined. THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》 premieres in Asia on Sunday, March 24 with two back-to-back episodes from 9pm onwards exclusively* on HBO. Two new episodes will debut at the same time every Sunday. The series is produced by Taiwanese broadcaster, Public Television Service (PTS), and will be jointly distributed by HBO Asia and CATCHPLAY outside of Asia. 

THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》 features an all-star ensemble cast from Taiwan including Alyssa Chia (賈靜雯) (“The Prince of Han Dynasty”, “The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber”), James Wen (溫昇豪) (“My Queen”, “My Fierce Wife”) and Wu Kang-Jen (吳慷仁) (“A Touch of Green”, “Wake Up”). The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Lin Chun-Yang (林君陽) (“The Soul Of Bread”) and written by the renowned award-winning screenwriter, Lu Shih-Yuan(呂蒔媛) (“Dear Ex”).

Mr. Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, says, “Following the success of our first Taiwanese drama series, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC, we are excited to be once again be presenting intriguing content and stories from Taiwan that would resonate with our audience in the region.” He also adds, “With the addition of THE WORLD BETWEEN US to our line-up of original content, we are further reinforcing our commitment to producing quality local programming for our audience in Asia and beyond.”

Ms. Daphne Yang, CEO of CATCHPLAY, says, “We are delighted that our efforts in building international networks, have placed us in a good position to bring quality Taiwan original content to the world. We are excited to be working with HBO Asia on the global distribution of THE WORLD BETWEEN US.” She further adds, “We will strive to build more collaborations like this to create more opportunity for quality Taiwan content to be seen globally.” This partnership also marks the start of drama content offering on the regional video on-demand platform CATCHPLAY, which used to focus on movies.

HBO Asia started producing its Original productions in 2012 and has since expanded their range of award-winning Asian Original productions to include series, movies and documentaries. THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》marks the network’s seventeenth Asian Original to date, with more slated to premiere in the coming years.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

About CATCHPLAY

Founded in 2007, CATCHPLAY is one of the most cutting edge movie content companies in Asia Pacific with extensive engagement throughout the entertainment content value chain. Its businesses expanded from film distribution, content aggregation, linear movie channel operation to co-production and financing including involvements in international projects, The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed by Hollywood Studio New Regency, and Silence bydirector Martin Scorsese. In March 2016, CATCHPLAY debuted its CATCHPLAY ON DEMAND Service in Taiwan followed by its launch in Indonesia and Singapore in the same year. Now the service is available in the three markets through web, app downloads from Android PlayStore, AppStore and through partnerships with leading operators including IndiHome, Telkomsel, First Media in Indonesia and StarHub in Singapore. CATCHPLAY prides itself on providing the best user experience and content selection for movie lovers by movie lovers. 

For further information please visit:www.catchplay.com

PHILIPPINES, 14 JANUARY 2019 – The eighth and final season of GAME OF THRONES will debut in Asia same time as the U.S. on Monday, 15 April at 9am, exclusively on HBO. The debut date was announced with a new tease that was just released, entitled Crypts of Winterfell (#ForTheThrone).

The tease which was directed by David Nutter, who won an Emmy in 2015 for his work on the season five finale, “Mother’s Mercy.” The tease includes an original score by Ramin Djawadi, who won an Emmy in 2018 for his score on the season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.” 

Please click on this link to view the newly-released official GAME OF THRONES Season 8 tease, Crypts of Winterfell.

About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories in Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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THE PHILIPPINES, 10 JANUARY 2019 – The action-packed CINEMAX drama series STRIKE BACK will kick off its sixth season same time as the U.S. on Saturday, 26 January at 11am with a same encore at 10pm on CINEMAX.Shot entirely in Malaysia, the new season features returning stars Warren Brown (“Luther,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Daniel MacPherson (“A Wrinkle in Time”) and Alin Sumarwata (“Neighbours,” “Burning Man”), along with new cast members Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Monday Mornings”) and Yasemin Allen (“Water and Fire”).

When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) — are sent to investigate. There, they cross paths with Katrina Zarkova (Yasemin Allen), a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties.

Under orders of the new commanding officer, Col. Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), Section 20 pursues stolen contents of the Russian jet across Southeast Asia. They will work alongside the Malaysian police to shut down a Triad gang in Kuala Lumpur, uncover a corrupt plot by a wealthy Indian businesswoman running for Parliament and plunge into the jungles of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar, facing off against mercenary drug agents and terrifying warlords as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.

Episodes include:

Season 6, episode 1

Debut date: Saturday, 26 January at 11am

Six months after their last mission, three members of the British special-ops team Section 20 – Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown) – reunite for what they think is a routine “cleanup” exercise in Malaysia. Things get complicated when their new commanding officer, borderline burn-out Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), learns that a British operative, in possession of intel about a downed Russian plane, has been killed in Kuala Lumpur after meeting with Katrina Zarkova (Yasemin Allen), a covert Russian operative. The trail leads Wyatt, Mac and Novin to a Russian safehouse, where Katrina and her team of Russian soldiers are attempting to track a mysterious “package” stolen from the plane, which crashed into the ocean under suspicious circumstances. The confrontation turns bloody when members of a brutal Malaysian triad arrive, setting off a chain of dangerous encounters in the skies and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Bill Eagles.

Season 6, episode 2

Debut date: Saturday, 2 February at 11am

Section 20 forges an uneasy alliance with Zarkova (Yasemin Allen) in hopes of tracking down a stolen nuclear warhead in Kuala Lumpur. The group is frustrated when Police Inspector Amy Leong (Ann Truong), who has connections to triad leader Godfather Kim (Lim Teik Leong) and his henchman Laoshu (Tom Wu), pulls them off the job after a false alarm. High Commander McKitterick (Adrian Edmondson) finds himself in an untenable dilemma, while Novin (Alin Sumarwata) defies Coltrane’s (Jamie Bamber) orders to settle a score. Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Bill Eagles.

Season 6, episode 3

Debut date: Saturday, 9 February at 11am

Section 20’s search for the missing nuclear warhead leads them to Goa, India, where three scientists have been kidnapped by Gopan (Rudi Dharmalingam), a militant under orders from a mysterious “kingfisher.” When one of the scientists escapes, the team catches up to him and his daughter (Pallavi Sharda), gaining valuable intel on Anjali Vartak (Shivani Ghai), a rich Hindu with a personal vendetta against Muslims. S20 infiltrates a suspicious fundraiser as Coltrane (Jamie Bamber) and new S20 computer whiz Olivia Chetri (Varada Sethu) deal with a breach in security. Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Paul Wilmhurst.

Season 6, episode 4

Debut date: Saturday, 16 February at 11am

As Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) is tortured by Vartak’s (Shivani Ghai) henchmen, Mac (Warren Brown) presses her corrupt lawyer to hand over an encrypted hard drive that might hold clues to the whereabouts of a pair of “nuclear suitcases.” After being sorely tested in a deadly hostage standoff at an office building, the team is forced to lean on Zarkova (Yasemin Allen) to commandeer high-end Russian technology, crack the encryption code and make a final foray to a secret hideout, where Vartak, Gopan (Rudi Dharmalingam) and the nuclear packages await. Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Paul Wilmhurst.

Season 6, episode 5

Debut date: Saturday, 23 February at 11am

Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza (Chris Obi), a brutal Rwandan drug lord with a jealous streak. Even as they continue to suspect Zarkova’s motives, Section 20 journeys to the Punchan Province and connects with Lauren Gillespie (Victoria Smurfit), a DEA agent with inside intel on Zaza and Dagon (Fish Chaar), his second in command. With the suitcase on the verge of being sold to a jihadist, Coltrane (Jamie Bamber) tasks Novin(Alin Sumarwata) with impersonating the buyer in order to ascertain the WMD’s location. Meanwhile, Colonel Beshnov (Marek Vasut), the Russian Alpha Group leader, surprises Pavel (Alec Newman) with a revelation about Zarkova (Yasemin Allen). Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Steve Shill.

Season 6, episode 6

Debut date: Saturday, 2 March at 11am

After ditching the seaplane they hijacked, Novin (Alin Sumarwata) and Zarkova (Yasemin Allen) find themselves at the mercy of corrupt police, while Mac (Warren Brown) and Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) take temporary refuge in a local village. Coltrane(Jamie Bamber) finally learns the location of the suitcase nukes, but the revelation comes at a high price. Finally, Section 20 tracks down Zaza (Chris Obi) and the nukes – as well as an unexpected interloper – in a remote compound, and all hell breaks loose. Expecting the worst, Wyatt makes a call back home, while Pavel (Alec Newman) forces Zarkova to come to terms withwhat happened to Alpha Group. Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Steve Shill.

Season six credits: executive produced by Andy Harries, Sharon Hughff, Jack Lothian and Richard Burrell; producer, Nuala O’Leary.

The action-packed CINEMAX drama series STRIKE BACK will kick off its sixth season same time as the U.S. on Saturday, 26 January at 11am with a same encore at 10pm on CINEMAX.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

HBO and Home Box Office are trademarks of Home Box Office, Inc. Used with permission

NEW SEASONS OF FOUR HBO AND CINEMAX ORIGINAL SERIES TO PREMIERE ON HBO AND CINEMAX THIS JANUARY

PHILIPPINES, 9 JANUARY 2019 – New seasons of four HBO and CINEMAX Original Series will be premiering same time as the U.S. this January on HBO and CINEMAX. On Monday, 14 January, the third season of the crime series TRUE DETECTIVE starring Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali will premiere, followed by the third seasons of CRASHING and HIGH MAINTENANCE premiering back-to-back a week later on Monday, 21 January. The latest action-packed season of the CINEMAX Original Series, STRIKE BACK Season 6, which was filmed entirely in Malaysia, will premiere later that same week on Saturday, 26 January. All series will have a same day encore the same evening with new episodes premiering at the same time weekly.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3

Premiering same time as the U.S., the series will debut with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, 14 January at 10am and have a same day encore at 10pm on HBO. A new episodes will premiere on subsequent Mondays at the same time. View the trailer here.

Question RONNIE BOYLE with his Parents,Teenagers out in the field. (Warrick Page/HBO)

The eight-episode new season tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Created by Nic Pizzolatto (“The Magnificent Seven”, “Galveston”), the series stars Academy Award® and Golden Globes® winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”, “The 4400”) as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”, “The Purge: Anarchy”) and Stephen Dorff (“The Power Of One”, “Backbeat”) also star.

STRIKE BACK Season 6

Premieres same time as the U.S. on Saturday, 26 January at 11am, with a same day encore at 10pm, exclusively on CINEMAX. New episodes premiere every Saturday at the same time. View the trailer here.

Filmed entirely in various locations in Malaysia, the ten-episode sixth season of the CINEMAX original action series follows the explosive escapades of Section 20, an elite, multinational, covert special ops team, as it spans the globe fighting a vast web of interconnected criminal and terrorist activity.

Returning cast includes Warren Brown (“Luther”), Daniel MacPherson (“A Wrinkle In Time”), Alin Sumarwata (“Sea Patrol”) and Jamie Bamber(“Battlestar Galactica”). Yasemin Kay Allen (“Water and Fire”) also star.

CRASHING Season 3

Premieres same time as the U.S. on Monday, January 21 at 11am, with a same day encore at 11pm, exclusively on HBO. A new episode premieres every Mondays at the same time. View the trailer here.

Created by and starring Pete Holmes (“Comedy Central Presents: Pete Holmes”), the eight-episode third season of CRASHING finds Pete reinvigorated – and no longer crashing on people’s couches – as he reenters the NYC stand-up comedy world following his college tour.

Executive produced by Pete Holmes, Judd Apatow (HBO’s “Girls” and “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”), Judah Miller (“Playing House”) and Igor Srubshchik (“Master of None”), the series draws on Holmes’ own experiences as a comedian, providing a nuanced, hilarious look at the state of comedy today.

HIGH MAINTENANCE Season 3

Premieres same day as the U.S. on Monday, 21 January at 11.30pm, exclusively on HBO. New episodes premiere on Mondays at the same time. View the trailer here.

A photo from the production of “High Maintenance” in New York, N.Y., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Photo: David M. Russell/HBO ©2018 HBO. All Rights Reserved

Created by Katja Blichfeld (Emmy®-winning casting director of “30 Rock”) and Ben Sinclair (“Home Again,” “Sisters”), the nine-episode third season profiles everyday people whose stories of success, failure, love and loss intersect across New York, while delving deeper into personal life of The Guy (played by Sinclair), who is spending less time on his iconic bicycle and more time in “Steve RV,” a set of wheels gifted to him last season.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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HBO ASIA ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW SCI-FI ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES DREAM RAIDER 《獵夢特工》 FEATURING AN ALL-STAR TAIWAN CAST INCLUDING VIVIAN HSU, DAVID WANG AND JASON WANG

PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 3, 2019 – HBO Asia announced last December 21 that an all-star Taiwanese cast including Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄) (The Devil Fish 《人面魚:紅衣小女孩外傳》, Seediq Bale 《賽德克·巴萊》), David Wang (王耀慶) (Project Gutenberg 《無雙》, Extraordinary Mission 《非凡任務》) and Jason Wang (王識賢) (GATAO 2-The New Leader Rising 《角頭2:王者再起》, Murmur Of The Hearts 《念念》), will be starring in HBO Asia’s brand new sci-fi Original drama series, DREAM RAIDER 《獵夢特工》. Principal photography has also begun for the eight-part hour-long Mandarin series shot and filmed entirely in Taiwan. The series is executive produced by Hong Kong filmmaker, Cheang Pou-Soi (鄭保瑞). DREAM RAIDER 《獵夢特工》 is scheduled to premiere in 2019 on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms.

Mr. Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, says, “Following the success of our first Taiwanese drama series, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC, we are looking forward to once again be working with the talented storytellers in Taiwan on a genre that we have never done before.” He further adds, “Science fiction is a genre that allows for limitless creativity and I can’t wait for our audience in the region to explore the futuristic realm and unknown possibilities of ‘dream-raiding’ with us.”

HBO Asia started producing its Original productions in 2012 and has since expanded their range of award-winning Asian Original productions to include series, movies and documentaries. DREAM RAIDER 《獵夢特工》 marks the network’s sixteenth Asian Original to date, with more slated to premiere in the coming years.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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THE PHILIPPINES, 18 December 2018 – Starring Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali and created by Emmy® nominee Nic Pizzolatto, TRUE DETECTIVE returns for its eight-episode third season with two episodes debuting back-to-back on Monday, 14 January at 10am, with a same day encore at 10pm, exclusively on HBO, followed by single episodes subsequent Mondays at the same time.

1980: Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Ark.

2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays, who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.

Playing out in three separate time periods, the third season tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades. Mahershala Ali (Oscar® winner for “Moonlight”) stars as state police detective Wayne Hays, with Stephen Dorff (“Somewhere”) starring as Roland West, the detective who investigated the case with Hays, and Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) starring as schoolteacher and writer Amelia Reardon.

In 2015, retired detective Wayne Hays, his memory failing, looks back at the disappearance of 12-year-old Will and ten-year-old Julie Purcell, recalling the days and weeks immediately following the 1980 crime, as well as developments in 1990, when he and his former partner, Roland West, were subpoenaed after a major break in the case.

Filmed at locations throughout northwest Arkansas, the new season of TRUE DETECTIVE was written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, except for the fourth episode, which he wrote with David Milch (HBO’s “Deadwood”), and the sixth episode, which he wrote with Graham Gordy (CINEMAX’s “Quarry”). Pizzolatto is also making his directorial debut with two episodes; other directors are Jeremy Saulnier (“Hold the Dark”) and Daniel Sackheim (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).

Episodes include:

Episode #17 (season 3, episode 1): “The Great War and Modern Memory”

Debut date: Monday, 14 January at 10am

The disappearance of a young Arkansas boy (Phoenix Elkin) and his sister (Lena McCarthy) in 1980 triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), who worked the case 35 years before with partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff). What started as a routine case becomes a long journey to dissect and make sense of the crime. Written by Nic Pizzolatto; directed by Jeremy Saulnier.

Episode #18 (season 3, episode 2): “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

Debut date: Monday, 14 January at 11am

Hays (Mahershala Ali) looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case in West Finger, Ark., including possible evidence left behind at the Devil’s Den, an outdoor hangout for local kids. As attention focuses on two conspicuous suspects – Brett Woodard (Michael Greyeyes), a solitary vet and trash collector, and Ted LaGrange (Shawn-Caulin Young), an ex-con with a penchant for children – the parents of the missing kids, Tom (Scoot McNairy) and Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer), receive a cryptic note from an anonymous source. Written by Nic Pizzolatto; directed by Jeremy Saulnier.

Episode #19 (season 3, episode 3): “The Big Never”

Debut date: Monday, 21 January at 10am

Hays (Mahershala Ali) recalls his early romance with Amelia (Carmen Ejogo), as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving him a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation. Written by Nic Pizzolatto; directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Episode #20 (season 3, episode 4): “The Hour and the Day”

Debut date: Monday, 28 January at 10am

Hays (Mahershala Ali) and West (Stephen Dorff) see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes. As the detectives search for one suspect and round up another for interrogation, Woodard (Michael Greyeyes) is targeted by a vigilante group. Written by David Milch & Nic Pizzolatto; directed by Nic Pizzolatto.

TRUE DETECTIVE was created by Nic Pizzolatto; executive producers, Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens, Daniel Sackheim, Jeremy Saulnier, Steve Golin, Richard Brown, Bard Dorros; producer, Peter Feldman.

Watch trailer here.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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PHILIPPINES, 18 DECEMBER 2018 – The action-packed CINEMAX drama series STRIKE BACK will kick off its sixth season on Saturday, 26 January, same time as the U.S. at 11am, with a same day encore at 10pm, exclusively on CINEMAX. Starring Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Alin Sumarwata, Jamie Bamber and Yasemin Kay Allen, the show follows the explosive escapades of Section 20, an elite, multinational, covert special ops team, as it spans the globe fighting a vast web of interconnected criminal and terrorist activity.

Season six credits: executive produced by Andy Harries, Sharon Hughff, Jack Lothian and Richard Burrell; producer, Nuala O’Leary.

From January 1 onwards, viewers can also catch the repeat telecast of the series from season 1 to season 5, on CINEMAX with an episode airing every night after the 10pm movie.

Watch the new trailer here.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

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THE PHILIPPINES, 10 December 2018 – HBO received 9 Golden Globe nominations for the upcoming 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced today in Los Angeles. The Golden Globe Awards will be presented on 6 January in Los Angeles.

HBO’s Golden Globe nominations this year include:

3 nominations for BARRY

  • Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Bill Hader)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Henry Winkler)

3 nominations for SHARP OBJECTS

  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Amy Adams)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Patricia Clarkson)

Watch the encore of SHARP OBJECTS every Sunday night at 11:45pm on HBO SIGNATURE. 

1 nomination for SUCCESSION

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Kieran Culkin)

1 nomination for THE TALE

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern).

Watch the encore of THE TALE on Saturday, 29 December on HBO SIGNATURE. 

1 nomination for WESTWORLD

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Thandie Newton).

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a brandedSVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 10, 2018 – HBO Asia won two awards at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards that took place over two nights on December 6 and December 7 at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore. HBO Asia bagged the coveted “Best Drama Series” award for MISS SHERLOCK, the regional network’s first co-production with Hulu Japan, and also won “Best Documentary Series” for THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, HBO Asia’s first original documentary produced in association with Star India.

The Asian Academy Creative Awards are the region’s version of the International Emmy Awards and celebrate quality broadcast and media content from Australia & New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

About MISS SHERLOCK

MISS SHERLOCK, an eight-part, hour-long Japanese drama series, is a bold interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, re-envisioned in Japanese and set in modern day Tokyo, the iconic characters – Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are played by women. A co-production with Hulu Japan.

About THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a gripping documentary that examines the double murder of a teenage girl and her family’s household servant in Noida, India, that quickly became one of India’s biggest murder mysteries, capturing worldwide attention. Produced in association with Star India.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a brandedSVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.