25 Aug – Star Magic's Johnny Manahan recently revealed that the agency is currently in talks with rival networks to get jobs for its stars.
As reported on Rappler, Manahan, who is the head of the talent arm of ABS-CBN, stated that the company has been talking to contacts from TV5 and GMA-7 even before the network decided to go online.
"Our artists had already been exploring opportunities in digital space. With the rejection of the franchise, cable and cyberspace became the only venues for network content. Almost immediately, instantaneously, advertising revenues began to dry up, projects cancelled, contracts suspended. And with that, we began to look elsewhere for opportunities for our artists," he said.
Referring to his artistes as "gypsies", Manahan stated that the company has already talked to them about the situation.
"We are not going the way of the franchise: down the toilet. Never to be seen again. Although depleted, Star Magic will still be around," he added.
Manahan also stated that this is the time for people in the entertainment industry to work together despite the difficulties.
"We should now do away with network wars and help each other in these very hard times," he stated.
(Photo Source: Rappler)