GMA Network, ABS-CBN Collaborate In TV Series “Unbreak My Heart”

Two rival networks join forces on this Philippine TV milestone

The GMA and ABS-CBN collab breaks new grounds on Philippine Television as they co-produce a new TV series together.

Titled “Unbreak My Heart,” the series features a mix of actors from both networks, headlined by Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.

Sta. Maria and Yap used to be one of ABS-CBN’s prime love teams known as JoChard. ABS-CBN even crowned them as the “Daytime King and Queen” after their series, “Be Careful With My Heart,” broke records in the ratings game for a pre-noontime slot. In 2020, however, Yap left ABS-CBN and transferred to GMA Network.

Sta. Maria, who previously headlined VIU and ABS-CBN’s “The Broken Marriage Vow,” says this about her new show: “This collaboration will really bring in opportunities not only to the networks, but for the people working in the network, for the people in the industry.”

Yap, aside from being part of the milestone, also expresses his excitement over his reunion with Sta. Maria. He says, “I’m really proud, honored, and excited to be part of this show, which is history in the making since this is the first time that two network giants will be working with each other. Of course, I’m also excited to be working with Jodi again and all the other people in the cast.”

Homegrown talents from both networks join the JoChard love team as the show’s headliners: Gabbi Garcia for GMA and Joshua Garcia for ABS-CBN.

Another part of this collaboration for the streaming side is VIU, a leading pan-regional over-the-top video streaming service. VIU has partnered with both ABS-CBN and GMA for some of its shows.

(L-R) Joshua Garcia, Gabbi Garcia, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Richard Yap headline ABS-CBN and GMA’s collab, “Unbreak My Heart.”
Image: ABS-CBN

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Who are part of the GMA-ABS-CBN collab?

Dreamscape Entertainment, one ABS-CBN’s prime content providing units who helmed “Ang Probinsyano” and “The Broken Marriage Vow,” produces the show. The show will air on GMA Network with VIU as the streaming platform.

Aside from its four headliners, the supporting cast of “Unbreak My Heart” features freelancers and homegrown network talents, including Star Magic veteran Nikki Valdez and actress Eula Valdes, who does projects for both ABS-CBN and GMA.

Esteemed director and actress Laurice Guillen, who starred in some ABS-CBN shows in the past, returns to acting for the series after directing a string of GMA programs.

Kapuso up-and-coming leading man Will Ashley, comedienne Maey Bautista, and Kapamilya newbie Bianca de Vera are also part of “Unbreak My Heart.”

Dolly Dulu and Manny Palo serve as the directors of the program.

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Network executives support the collab

The GMA-ABS-CBN collab was made official during a recent contract signing and story conference held at ABS-CBN. Top officials from the two networks and VIU attended the event.

GMA Senior Vice-President for Programming, Talent Management, Worldwide, and Support Groups Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, ABS-CBN COO of Broadcast Cory Vidanes, and Viu Philippines Deputy Country Manager Vinchi Sy-Quia led the contract signing.

GMA officials who joined Gozon-Valdes were First Vice-President for Program Management Department Joey Abacan and Assistant Vice-President for Sparkle Joy Marcelo.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s Group CFO Rick Tan, TV Production and Star Magic Head Lauren Dyogi, International Sales and Distribution Head Pia Laurel represented the Kapamilya network, together with Dreamscape Entertainment led by its Head Deo Endrinal, Creative Head Rondel Lindayag, Creative Manager Joel Mercado, and “Unbreak My Heart” Business Unit Head Carlina Dela Merced.

Viu Philippines Senior Project Manager Mil Alcain and Content Partnerships Head Garlic Garcia also witnessed the event among the three leading content providers in the country.

ABS-CBN, GMA, and VIU executives join forces for this collaboration. (L-R) Lauren Dyogi, Joy Marcelo, Cory Vidanes, Annette Gozon-Valdes, Joey Abacan, Vinchi Sy-Quia, Rick Tan, Garlic Garcia, and Deo Endrinal
Image: ABS-CBN

Gozon-Valdes says about the milestone: “It’s a first for Philippine TV, and I’m sure it’s the audience that will be the winners in this collaboration. We’re very excited to be working with ABS-CBN on TV for the first time.”

Vidanes, on the other hand, admits she never imagined that this will happen. She says, “This is a milestone in the industry. We’re thankful for this opportunity and we’re very happy to work with GMA to serve our audiences. We unite as one team. We never imagined that this was going to happen.”

Meanwhile, Garcia is excited to see what the show can offer to the audience, saying, “Today, we are able to proudly showcase that on our platform with premium Filipino content not just for Filipino audiences but also for global audiences to appreciate and enjoy. This is with a vision of bringing the best of the Filipino talent on-cam and off-cam to the world.”

“Unbreak My Heart” will air this 2023.

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Image ABS-CBN / GMA Network

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