NINE DIGITAL STARS – INCLUDING FILIPINA AC BONIFACIO – BRING NEARLY 50 MILLION FANS INSIDE THE ULTIMATE KCA EXPERIENCE

PHILIPPINES — MARCH 19, 2019—Nickelodeon International has teamed up with nine beloved creators representing seven countries to form the 2019 KCA Social Squad, which will transport fans around the world into all of the exclusive pre-event and Orange Carpet excitement leading up to the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids: Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.

Beginning on Thursday, March 21st, the web-celebrity-filled KCA Social Squad, including twins and Kids’ Choice Awards Germany 2019 hosts Lisa andLena (@lisaandlena, Germany), twins and “Favorite Social Music Star” nominees Max and Harvey (@maxandharvey, UK); “Dance Kids” Philippines grand champion AC Bonifacio (@acbonifacio, Philippines); Kaj Van Der Voort (@kajleroy, Netherlands); “Favorite Internet Star: Italy” nominee Elisa Maino (@la_mainoo, Italy); “Favorite Latin Influencer” nominee Ami Rodriguez (@amirodriguezz, Colombia); and “Favorite Brazilian Influencer” nominee João Guilherme (@joaoguilherme, Brazil) will provide an exclusive look inside the “Nickelodeon x Instagram Slime Soiree” pre-party, Orange Carpet excitement, and behind-the-scenes activity leading up to the big night on Saturday. Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 takes place in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, March 23rd and premieres in Asia on Monday, 25 March at 5pm (WIB) and 6pm (MY, PH, SG), with a same-day encore at 9.30pm (SG). Catch the replay on Tuesday, 26 March at 11am (WIB), 12pm (MY) and 3pm (PH).

Spanning seven countries and speaking seven languages, the KCA Social Squad will bring a collective global cross-platform following of nearly 50 million fans inside the ultimate Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 experience. This includes adventures inside the “Nickelodeon x Instagram Slime Soiree,” a preview of the KCA venue before the big night, and plenty of slime.

Fans around the world can follow along via the official KCA Social Squad hashtag #KCASocialSquad and each Squad member’s individual handles:

  • AC Bonifacio (Philippines): @acbonifacio – 1.6M Instagram followers
  • Ami Rodriguez (Colombia): @amirodriguez – 3.6M Instagram followers
  • Elisa Maino (Italy): @la_mainoo – 1.4M Instagram followers
  • João Guilherme (Brazil): @joaoguilherme – 10M Instagram followers
  • Kaj van der Voort (Netherlands): @kajleroy – 214K Instagram followers
  • Lisa and Lena (Germany): @lisaandlena – 14.3M Instagram followers
  • Max and Harvey (UK): @maxandharvey – 1M Instagram followers

Stay up to date on all Kids’ Choice Awards news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook and following @Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram using #KCA.

Hosted by music mogul DJ Khaled, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 is the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids taking place on Saturday, March 23 from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Kids across the globe will have a front row seat to the next big things in kid culture from the hottest upcoming movies, music, gaming and rising talent, while continuing to celebrate their favorites from the past year. Kids everywhere will be able to experience the show across all Nickelodeon screens and platforms, as Nick brings the slime and surprises they love.

The LEGO® Group is global sponsor for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.

In the Philippines, Toy Kingdom is sponsoring the KCA Toy Run, wherein kids can visit the nearest Toy Kingdom store to vote for their Favorite #Trending Pinoy and Favorite Pinoy Internet Star for a chance to win a PHP100,000 toy shopping spree.

Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions. Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey & Jay Schmalholz serve as Executive Producers. Production of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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PHILIPPINES, MARCH 19, 2019 – HBO Asia today unveiled a line-up of brand new Asian original productions that are scheduled to premiere soon. Since the regional network’s first original production in 2012, HBO Asia has been committed to ramp up the number of quality Asian original content to their audiences in the region and globally. To date, HBO Asia has produced and aired fifteen HBO Asia Original productions and is expanding its repertoire further in the coming years.

Yesterday, HBO Asia hosted a press conference in Hong Kong to further showcase four upcoming projects that included an anthology drama series, a crime drama, a sci-fi thriller and the second season of a coming-of-age drama series. Actors Vivian HsuDavid Wang and James Wen, directors Eric Khoo and Billy Christian and executive producer, Cheang Pou-Soi were present to share insights about the upcoming HBO Asia Original productions. All upcoming HBO Asia Originals will be available exclusively on HBO Asia’s network of channels including HBO and the on-demand service, HBO On Demand.

Mr. Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia said, “Over the past 7 years, we recognise the significance and importance of locally produced programming. Since 2012, the number of Asian original productions we have done has been increasing and they have all proven to be very effective for us. We are encouraged to learn that our Asian productions are working well across the region, especially those in local languages.” He further adds, “We maintain our commitment to producing outstanding programming and will continuously aim to present our content to our audience in the region, in an easily accessible way. We will continue to produce the highest quality content that the HBO brand represents and showcase to the world the best Asia has to offer.”

Series premiering soon on HBO Asia’s network of channels include (in alphabetical order):

DREAM RAIDER獵夢特工is HBO Asia’s first science fiction drama series. DREAM RAIDER is an eight-episode hour-long series that brings together production expertise from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan featuring cast and crew including actors Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), David Wang (王耀慶), Jason Wang (王識賢), Weber Yang (楊一展) and Ellen Wu (吳子霏), executive producer, renowned filmmaker, Cheang Pou-Soi (鄭保瑞), directors, Daniel Fu (傅鶫) and Simon Hung (洪昇揚), and producer, Freeman Xiang (向峰). Set in the near future, DREAM RAIDER features a misfit team of scientists and cops that are trying to get to the bottom of a criminal conspiracy that exploits human consciousness. The series opens with a criminal police officer that is investigating a case of missing girls and uncovers a mysterious cutting-edge technology that enables them to enter the dreamscapes of others to find the truth. The series is produced with the support of the Taipei Film Commission and Taipei Cultural Foundation.

FOOD LORE is an eight-episode hour-long anthology series that explores the human condition with narratives inspired by and showcased through the perspectives of Asian cuisines, weaving tales of the tastes and aromas that have filled the Asian souls – tales of longing and forbidden passion, of connection and loss, of childhood memory. Helmed by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, the series is shot in eight countries across Asia and directed by some of Asia’s most talented storytellers including Don Aravind (Singapore), Billy Christian (Indonesia), Takumi Saitoh (Japan), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Erik Matti (Philippines), Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand) and Phan Dang Di (Vietnam). FOOD LORE is produced as part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. Through a series of workshops and collaborations with local companies and talent on HBO Asia Original productions, the partnership aims to develop the content production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry.

THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC通靈少女is HBO Asia’s second returning series, following the success of the first season. The eight-episode hour-long second season of the coming-of-age Taiwan drama series returns with Kuo Shu Yau (郭書瑤) reprising her lead role as Xiao Zhen, a psychic born with the ability to see spirits and learning to use her abilities to help others. Starring alongside her will be new cast members including two-time Golden Bell Award-winning actress, Wen Chen-Ling (溫貞菱) and rising star, Fandy Fan (范少勳). The new season of THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC sees Xiao Zhen back from her summer break and determined to have a fresh start at school, but life is not that simple, especially when she is still coming to terms with the loss of the love of her life. Things get even more complicated with the arrival of Zhan Xiao Tong, played by Wen Chen-Ling (溫貞菱), a soft spoken yet resourceful new member of the drama club. Juggling the multiple pressures from school, the drama club and the demands of the spirit world, things are about to take a turn for the worse for the 17-year-old. THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC season two will be directed by up-and-coming director Liu Yan-Fu (劉彥甫). Chen Ho-Yu (陳和榆), director of THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC season one, will executive produce.

THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》is a ten-part hour-long Taiwan drama 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. Shot entirely in Taiwan, the series features an all-star ensemble cast from Taiwan including Alyssa Chia (賈靜雯), James Wen (溫昇豪) and Wu Kang-Jen (吳慷仁). The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Lin Chun-Yang (林君陽) and written by the renowned award-winning screenwriter, Lu Shih-Yuan (呂蒔媛). 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 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 will also be available on HBO On Demand.

2018 was a great year for HBO Asia Original productions. MISS SHERLOCK, the network’s first Japanese original drama series, and the first HBO Asia Original documentary, THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS were both recognised at the Asia Academy Creative Awards 2018. MISS SHERLOCK was the national winner for Japan under the categories for Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the national winner for Singapore under the Best Documentary Series category. In addition, all six episodes from FOLKLORE, HBO Asia’s first horror anthology series, were recognised at major International film festivals that included the Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), Fantastic Fest (Texas, USA), and selected for competition at the International Panorama section of Series Mania International Festival (Lille, France).

HBO Asia Original productions have also reached audiences worldwide. Select titles are available in territories outside of Asia including Spain (on HBO España), Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark (on HBO Nordic), and in Central European territories including Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Croatia (on HBO Europe). They are also available to HBO’s U.S. subscribers across the channel’s platforms, including HBO GO®, HBO NOW®, HBO On Demand®, and participating television and streaming partner platforms. These productions most recently included MISS SHERLOCK, FOLKLORE and GRISSE, the network’s first Asian-inspired Western period drama.

* Except in Taiwan where the series will be available on HBO, PTS and CATCHPLAY.

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About HBO Asia

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, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia with six 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax and Red by HBO, internet streaming platform, HBO GO, subscription video on demand service, HBO On Demand, and in China, 鼎级剧场(ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

PHILIPPINES, 13 MARCH 2019 – The drama series WARRIOR begins its ten-episode season on Saturday 6 April, same time as the U.S. at 10am, with a same day encore at 10pm, exclusively on CINEMAX. New episodes debut every Saturday at the same time.Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, the show is based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and is created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Fast & Furious 6”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

Starring Andrew Koji (“Fast & Furious 6”) as martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, WARRIOR also features series regulars Kieran Bew (“The Street”), Olivia Cheng (“Marco Polo”), Dianne Doan (“Vikings”), Dean Jagger (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Langley Kirkwood (“Invictus”), Hoon Lee (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”), Joe Taslim (“Fast & Furious 6”), Jason Tobin (“The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”), Tom Weston-Jones (“Copper”) and Perry Yung (CINEMAX’s “The Knick”).

WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

Befriended by Wang Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer and profiteer in Chinatown, Ah Sahm is taken under the wing of Young Jun (Jason Tobin), the hard-partying son of the Hop Wei’s leader, Father Jun (Perry Yung), who is facing an imminent opium war with a rival tong. As he is indoctrinated in the rules of Chinatown gangs, Ah Sahm wins the confidence of a canny brothel madam, Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), revealing to her the true intentions of his journey to America.

Over the course of the season, Ah Sahm crosses boundaries inside and outside Chinatown, bringing him into contact with tong rivals Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs, and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), a tong lieutenant and Gung Fu master. As violence erupts, Sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) and Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), a transplanted southerner and rookie cop, are tasked with forming a Chinatown squad.

Meanwhile, working-class leader and tough Irishman Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger) is fighting for all Irish laborers by trying to inflict as much damage as possible on the Chinese immigrants he says are stealing their jobs. Amidst the strife, power-hungry San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), who has his own political aspirations, engage in widespread corruption, while the mayor’s young wife, Penny (Joanna Vanderham), finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage.

Episodes include:

Episode 1: “The Itchy Onion”

Debut date: Saturday, 6 April at 10am

San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown’s most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer. After impressing Young Jun (Jason Tobin), son of tong leader Father Jun (Perry Yung), Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), a courtesan with connections. Later, in search of a woman who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), followers of the rival tong leader Long Zii (Henry Yuk), who is trying to avoid an opium war with the Hop We – a war that Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), deputy to San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay), actively promotes. Meanwhile, after two Chinese laborers are killed by white thugs, police sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) is tasked with creating a Chinatown squad. Enlisting southern-born cop Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), Bill soon finds that the hostility between the Chinese and white dock workers, whose unofficial leader is Irish tough Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger), is unlikely to end anytime soon. Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Assaf Bernstein.

Episode 2: “There’s No China in the Bible”

Debut date: Saturday, 13 April at 10am

Intercepting a shipment of opium at the docks, Young Jun (Jason Tobin), with Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo (Rich Ting) in tow, decides to send a message to Long Zii (Henry Yuk). Big Bill (Kieran Bew) and Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) investigate a grisly murder scene in an alley next to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham), the young wife of San Francisco’s mayor (Christian McKay), finds herself in a bind while visiting the wharf with her Chinese manservant, Jacob (Kenneth Fok). Ah Sahm pays a steep price for playing the hero. The Long Zii clean up a mess, and brace for more bloodshed. Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Loni Peristere.

Episode 3: “John Chinaman”

Debut date: Saturday, 20 April at 10am

Leary (Dean Jagger) pressures gentleman industrialist Byron Mercer (Graham Hopkins), who is Penny’s father, to hire his men for a cable-car track job – despite the fact that Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) hasn’t yet awarded Mercer the contract. Accused of assault and perhaps worse, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, with his fate in the hands of an unexpected ally. Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) urges Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) to eschew restraint and start a war with the Hop Wei. Written by Adam Targum; directed by Loni Peristere.

Episode 4: “The White Mountain”

Debut date: Saturday, 27 April at 10ams

Big Bill (Kieran Bew) finds himself compromised by his gambling excesses, but discovers a possible solution after an opium-den raid. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake (Christian McKay), who’s determined to show voters he won’t tolerate San Francisco’s “Yellow Peril.” After meeting with leaders of the Fung Hai tong, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) offers Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) a way out of a protracted – and bloody – tong war. Written by Kenneth Lin; directed by David Petrarca.

WARRIOR is produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper. Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment. Executive produced by Brad Kane and co-executive produced by Richard Sharkey. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Assaf Bernstein.

Watch the 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.

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

HBO Films Presents NATIVE SON, HBO Documentary THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY Debuts, and VEEP and BARRY Reprise with Latest Seasons

PHILIPPINES, 12 MARCH 2019 – A remarkable line up comes to HBO for March and April. From the hotly anticipated final season return of award-winning comedy series, VEEP Season 7 and Barry Season 2 on April 1, on HBO to the debut of HBO Documentary THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY on March 19 and HBO Film’s presentation of NATIVE SON debuting April 7, exclusively on HBO GOAll the above titles premiere in Asia, same time as the U.S..

THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY investigative documentary examines the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her multibillion-dollar healthcare technology company. Academy  award-winning Director Alex Gibney (HBO’s Emmy®-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”) delves into the riveting tale of how Theranos CEO Holmes set out to change the world and ended up committing a massive medical fraud, a classic example of how truth is more dramatic than fiction. The documentary debuts in Asia, same time as the U.S. on Tuesday 19 March at 9am, exclusively on HBO GO.

EMMY®-WINNING comedy series, VEEP, kicks off for its seventh and final season same time as the U.S. on Monday 1 April at 10:30am, with a same day encore on HBO at 11:30pm. The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who is hitting the campaign trail as she runs for president hoping to regain the highest office in the land, despite the scandals and blunders that have followed her and her staff for years. New episodes debut on Mondays at the same time.

Bill Hader and Henry Winkler reprise their Emmy®-winning roles in BARRY returning for its eight-episode second season on Monday 1 April, same time as the U.S. at 10am, with a same day encore at 11pm, exclusively on HBO. New episodes debut on Mondays at the same time. Created and executive produced by Hader and Alec Berg, the dark comedy series showcases the life of a depressed war vet-turned-hitman who finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA.

HBO Films presents the premiere of NATIVE SON, based on Richard Wright’s seminal novel of the same name, debuting the same time as the U.S. on Sunday 7 April at 10am exclusively on HBO GO. The film will also be available on HBO on Wednesday 10 April at 11:15pm.The modern reimagining of Wright’s 1930’s-set coming-of-age drama follows Bigger Thomas, a young African-American man who takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family — a decision that changes the course of his life. Directed by first-time director and renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”), the drama had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

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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.

For The Entire Month Of March And April, HBO SIGNATURE Will Be A Dedicated GAME OF THRONES Channel.

PHILIPPINES, 11 MARCH 2019 – HBO released the official trailer of the highly-anticipated eighth and final season of GAME OF THRONES (#GameofThrones) last March 6th. Watch the trailer hereThe eighth and final season of GAME OF THRONES will debut in Asia same time as the U.S. on Monday, 15 April at 9am, with a same day encore at 10pm, exclusively on HBO. New episodes will premiere every Monday at the same time.

For the entire month of March and April, HBO SIGNATURE will be a dedicated GAME OF THRONES channel with 24/7 programming – screening all past seasons of the hit-series, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Members of the ensemble cast for the seventh season included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Season seven credits: executive producers, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin.

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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 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.

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

Nominee Lineup and Show Host Revealed by Double Dare’s Liza Koshy in First-Time KCA Nomination Livestream Event

Philippines— 4 March, 2019—Music mogul DJ Khaled is set to host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019, the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids, airing in Asia on Monday, 25 March at 6pm (PH), with a same-day encore at 9.30pm (SG). Catch the replay on Tuesday, 26 March at 3pm (PH). The news, which also included this year’s nominees, was announced by Double Darehost Liza Koshy via a first-time Kids’ Choice Awards nomination livestream event across Nickelodeon’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles and channels. 

This year, DJ Khaled will bring his music, signature catch phrases and larger-than-life personality to the Kids’ Choice Awards stage. Kids across the globe will have a front-row seat to the next big things in kid culture from the hottest upcoming movies, music, gaming and rising talent, while continuing to celebrate their favorites from the past year. Kids everywhere will be able to experience the show across all Nickelodeon screens and platforms, as Nick brings the slime and surprises they love. 

Said DJ Khaled, “Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up!  That’s right, March 23rd I’m your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. I’ll see you soon!”

From the set of Double Dare, Koshy ran through some of her favorite obstacles revealing categories, such as Favorite TV Host, Favorite Movie, Favorite Cartoon and Favorite Butt-Kicker, and their nominees. She started on the Sundae Slide, then completed The Tank, One Nation Underwear, Pick It, Pop Lockin’ and Liza Puffs, culminating with the big reveal of this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards master of ceremonies, DJ Khaled.   

Leading the pack with the most nominations are: Avengers: Infinity War, with 10 nominations; Black Panther,with five nominations; and Cardi B and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, with four nominations each.  First-time nominees include: Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Noah Centineo, Bebe Rexha, Tyra Banks and Riverdale.  This year also introduces five new categories for voting: Favorite TV Host, Favorite TV Judges, Favorite Superhero and Favorite Gamer. And, for the first time, kids will get to decide how they want to help the world in a new category called How Do You Want to Help?

Fans can cast votes on the Kids’ Choice Awards websitekca.nick-asia.com. This year, eight Pinoy stars vie for the coveted orange blimps under the “Favorite Pinoy Internet Star” and “Favorite Trending Pinoy” categories. Fans can also cast votes through the Nick Play app (Singapore and Indonesia). Fans will also be able to cast their vote through social media on Twitter using #KCA and the hashtag of their favorite nominee, and for the first time ever, Nickelodeon will be enabling voting on specific posts on Instagram.

Further leveraging Instagram, Nickelodeon is launching its first-ever Augmented Reality camera effect on the platform where fans can slime themselves and their friends. Also, stay up-to-date on all the news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook and following @Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram.

DJ Khaled is nominated this year for three Kids’ Choice Awards. In 2018, he was nominated for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Song for “I’m the One” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. He also presented the award for “Favorite Music Group” in 2017.  

The LEGO® group has signed on as the first-ever global sponsor for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.  The partnership features a robust campaign leveraging the entire Nickelodeon ecosystem in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific territories.  

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 nominees are (*new categories):

Favorite Pinoy Internet Star*

Ella Cruz   #VoteEllaCruz

Hannah Pangilinan   #VoteHannahPangilinan

Kristel Fulgar   #VoteKristelFulgar

Ranz Kyle & Niana   #VoteRanzKyleNiana

Favorite Trending Pinoy*

Julia Barretto   #VoteJuliaBarretto

Kathryn Bernardo   #VoteKathrynBernardo

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TELEVISION:

Favorite Funny TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

BUNK’D

Fuller House

Henry Danger

Modern Family

Raven’s Home

Favorite TV Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Flash

Riverdale

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Reality Show

America’s Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors

Double Dare

The Voice

Favorite TV Host*

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)

Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)

Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Tyra Banks (America’s Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges*

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)

Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)

Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)

Favorite Cartoon

ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

The Loud House

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

Favorite Male TV Star

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash, The Flash)

Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf, A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Favorite Female TV Star

Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)

Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack, Andi Mack)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)

Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

FILM:

Favorite Movie

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Kissing Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Favorite Movie Actor

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns)

Joey King (Shelly “Elle” Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, Black Panther)

Rihanna (Nine Ball, Ocean’s 8)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Superhero*

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker

Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Danai Gurira (Okoye, Black Panther)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra, Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson, Creed II)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Animated Movie

The Grinch

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Incredibles 2

Peter Rabbit

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie

Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Andy Samberg (Johnny, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Grinch, The Grinch)

Channing Tatum (Migo, Smallfoot)

James Corden (Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit)

Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie

Gal Gadot (Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet)

Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies)

Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Yara Shahidi (Brenda, Smallfoot)

Zendaya (Meechee, Smallfoot)

MUSIC:

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Migos

twenty one pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist

Ariana Grande

Beyoncé

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

Favorite Song

Delicate (Taylor Swift)

In My Blood (Shawn Mendes)

In My Feelings (Drake)

Natural (Imagine Dragons)

thank u, next (Ariana Grande)

Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer)

Favorite Breakout Artist

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Dan + Shay

Juice WRLD

Kane Brown

Post Malone

Favorite Collaboration

Girls Like You (Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B)

Happier (Marshmello, featuring Bastille)

I Like It (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin)

Meant to Be (Bebe Rexha, featuring Florida Georgia Line)

No Brainer (DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

SICKO MODE (Travis Scott, featuring Drake)

Favorite Social Music Star

Baby Ariel

Chloe x Halle

Jack & Jack

JoJo Siwa

Max & Harvey

Why Don’t We

Favorite Global Music Star

Africa: Davido

Asia: BLACKPINK

Australia/New Zealand: Troye Sivan

Europe: David Guetta

North America: Taylor Swift

Latin America: J Balvin

United Kingdom: HRVY

OTHER CATEGORIES:

Favorite Video Game

Just Dance 2019

LEGO® The Incredibles

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

Super Mario Party™

Favorite Social Star

David Dobrik

Emma Chamberlain

Guava Juice

Lilly Singh

Miranda Sings

Ryan ToysReview

Favorite Gamer*

DanTDM

Jacksepticeye

Markiplier

Ninja

PopularMMOs

SSSniperWolf

How Do You Want to Help? *

Help People in Need (homes, food and more)

Help Schools (supplies, STEM and more)

Help the Environment (clean water, recycling and more)

Help Animals (rescue, wildlife and more)

Help Prevent Bullying (positivity, respect and more)

Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions.  Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey & Jay Schmalholz serve as Executive Producers. Production of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About DJ Khaled / We The Best Music Group

A major force in the music industry, mogul, executive, mega producer, 2017 Grammy nominated recording artist, and NY Times Best Selling Author DJ Khaled, known as the “Anthem King” and commonly referred to as the “Quincy Jones of Hip Hop & R&B”, has made dozens of chart topping hit records featuring JAY ZBeyoncéKanye West, Drake, Chris BrownLudacris, T.I., French Montana, Future, Big Sean, Rick RossJustin Bieber, John LegendNicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among others. In the past twelve months he has captivated millions of fans globally by the use of social media and has been coined the “King of Snapchat.”

In 2006, he launched innovative label deals and started We The Best Music Group. DJ Khaled’s influence permeates nearly every facet of pop culture. To date, his single sales exceed 15 million worldwide, spanning iconic anthems such as the triple-platinum “All I Do Is Win” and platinum “We Takin’ Over,” “No New Friends,” and many more. In 2015, his eighth full-length, I Changed A Lot, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart and #2 on the Top R&B Albums Chart, yielding two gold smashes “Hold You Down” and “How Many Times.”   In 2017 DJ Khaled released his 10th studio album “Grateful” which debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart featuring chart topping quintuple-platinum singles “I’m The One” and triple-platinum “Wild Thoughts.” Gearing up for his 11th studio album “Father of Asahd” DJ Khaled released his new single “Top Off,” he assembled the most powerhouse team possibly imaginable. JAY Z,Future and amplify the energy as Khaled brings the excitement to the next level like only he can. Recent single “No Brainer” reunites Khaled with three of the masterminds behind his sextuple platinum, record-breaking 2017 smash “I’m The One” [feat. Justin BieberQuavoChance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne] which, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

His We The Best Music Group comprises not only of the record label but a management, publishing, production company, and a full-fledged studio. DJ Khaled is a best-selling author of “The Keys” published in 2016, and is committed to pro social initiatives and is the first social media ambassador of Bono’s Project Red and is the national spokesperson for Get Schooled. 2018 saw him assume the role of a judge on Fox’s top-rated smash The Four in addition to co-headlining a blockbuster spring tour with Demi Lovato. With everything he does, he changes and elevates the game and determines the path for all to follow. That continues now.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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Viacom International Media Networks
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Viacom International Media Networks
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PHILIPPINES, 4 MARCH 2019 – CINEMAX has renewed the action series STRIKE BACK for a seventh and final season, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming. STRIKE BACK season 6 is currently airing with new episodes debuting, same time as the U.S., every Saturday at 11am with a same day encore at 10pm, on CINEMAX. The sixth-season finale is scheduled for Saturday, 30 March. 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.

“STRIKE BACK established CINEMAX as a destination for adrenalized, entertaining action series nearly a decade ago,” noted Antholis. “It is with sincere gratitude for the service of all of the past and present members of Section 20 – both in front of and behind the camera – that we send the team of on one last mission to save the world from annihilation.”

Showrunner Jack Lothian adds, “I am delighted we’re coming back for a final season. STRIKE BACK is a show that’s always raised the bar for small-screen action, and we’re looking forward to doing that one last time. There are plenty of twists and turns ahead, but I can promise one thing — we’re going out with a bang.” 

Season six actors include Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Alin Sumarwata, Jamie Bamber, Yasemin Kay Allen and Varada Sethu. Among critical praise for the current season, FanSided noted, “Bamber and Allen light a new fire under the series, and Brown, MacPherson and Sumarwata are even better than they were last year.” ScreenRant lauded the series’ iconic explosiveness, commending this season’s “crazy stunts” and “truly technically impressive action sequences.”

STRIKE BACK is a CINEMAX Presentation in association with Sky; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive produced by Andy Harries, Sharon Hughff, Jack Lothian and Richard Burrell; producer, Nuala O’Leary.

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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.

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.

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

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.

*Outside of Taiwan.

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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