Michael V says no to exclusive contract-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
VETERAN comedian Michael V preferred not to sign an exclusive network contract with any station for "creativity" reason.
In a recent interview with the comedian, he said that contracts sometimes restrict actors or talents in the entertainment industry on what they want to do and what content they want to pursue.
For someone who has been in the business for so long, Bitoy, as the viewers would fondly call him, said he doesn't want to subject himself to shows he's not passionate about.
"Ma-restrict 'yung creativity ko. Mapipilitan ka na gumawa ng mga shows na hindi mo gusto dahil sa kontrata. Minsan kasi may mga shows na madali lang na-conceptualize, pinilit lang na maitawid, para lang magawa for the talent, for the artist," said Michael V.
He's particular in the entertainment and production values of his programs, and how will it affect the lives of the viewers.
Bitoy said he's part of the creative process of almost all his shows, from "Bubble Gang" to "Pepito Manaloto," not to mention the longest running noon time variety show on television, "Eat Bulaga." All are being broadcast on GMA-7.
"Any show na meron ako, ganoon sila ka-precious. At the end of the day, sana panalo lagi ang audience," he said.
But Bitoy said if the time comes that he needed to ink an exclusive deal with any network, he would definitely consider it.
The comedian said, "Hindi naman ako nagsasara ng pinto, pero at this moment, bound pa rin ako sa mga shows na ginagawa ko sa GMA-7. One step at a time."
Just recently, Bitoy was introduced by TV5 as the newest host of the local franchise of hit American show "Killer Karaoke." The program made waves not only in the states, but also in Russia, Poland, Thailand, Peru, Ecuador, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
The United States version was acquired by TV5 and has been airing every Saturday since September 14.
This new partnership serves as Bitoy's comeback project with TV5 since starring in gag show "Tropang Trumpo" 18 years ago.
"Excited (ako) dahil dito ako nagsimula talaga. Gusto ko makita 'yung pagbabago. Before kasi nakita ko yung quality ng entertainment sa TV5 and nagkaroon ako ng dahilan para lumipat sa ibang network (GMA-7). Ngayon naman nae-excite ako kasi nagkaroon ako ng dahilan para bumalik naman ako," said Bitoy.
Although he's doing "Killer Karaoke," he's still contract bound with the Kapuso channel as he's still doing three shows with them.
Bitoy said he properly asked permission from his mother network for the said new program. The comedian said the station gave their consent as long as it will follow different format from his other shows and will air on a different timeslot.
"In-explain ko sa kanila 'yun, na for the sake of entertainment lang talaga. Not for anything," said Bitoy.
He added that "Killer Karaoke" is something he promised TV5 Entertainment head Wilma Galvante.
"Nung time na nasa GMA si Tita Wilma, lagi kaming nag-uusap at nagbabanggit na siya sa akin ng mga projects niya, 'yung mga gusto niyang gawin. Sabi ko na I will always be part of what you're doing as long as it's for the entertainment industry," Bitoy also said.
Bitoy assures the audience they will enjoy "Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman." He said, "Kung natuwa kayo sa pinapalabas ng TV5 ngayon na US version, mas mararamdaman ninyo yung tuwa na localized naman, na Pinoy naman."
When asked who among his contemporaries in show business he wants to guest in the program, Bitoy named Gelli de Belen, Wendel Ramos and Ogie Alcasid, his origanal co-stars in "Tropang Trumpo."
"Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman" will premiere starting November 16 at 9 p.m. on the Kapatid channel. (Sunnex)