Venice selection On The Job to debut on HBO Go in Asia
WarnerMedia has announced that Erik Matti’s On The Job, a six-part thriller from the Philippines, will premiere exclusively on HBO Go in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan in September. It will also air later on the region’s HBO channel.
Select episodes from the series have been selected to screen in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival (September 1-11). While the first two episodes were shown as a film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the episodes on HBO Go are remastered and include never-before-seen footage.
Conceived and directed by Matti, On The Job centres around crime syndicates that temporarily release prison inmates to carry out political assassinations for those in power. However, the crime syndicates themselves are run by politicians. The series also puts a spotlight on the real-world predicament concerning fake news and how easily truth can be manufactured and disseminated to the public in today’s age of information.
Filmed in the Philippines in both English and Filipino, the series is produced by Reality Entertainment and Globe Studios. The cast includes Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson, Dennis Trillo and Joey Marquez.
“Since 2013, when part of the story was released theatrically, interest in this project has been really high. We’re so pleased to offer HBO Go audiences a first look at On The Job as a limited series, one of our first from the Philippines. It is the work of some of the country’s top creative and storytelling talent,” said Magdalene Ew, WarnerMedia’s head of entertainment content for India, Southeast Asia and Korea.
WarnerMedia also recently acquired three series from Singapore’s MediaCorp – The Little Nyonya, Last Madame and Titoudao – which will stream on HBO Go in eight territories. The three dramas share a common theme of women overcoming adversity during pre-independence Singapore.