Yesterday afternoon, November 25, we got a buzz from a Viva insider that ABS-CBN’s first homegrown princess Claudine Barretto signed a two-year exclusive contract with GMA-7—finally cutting ties with the Kapamilya network to become a Kapuso.
Mediated by her new manager, Ms. Veronique del Rosario-Corpus of Viva Artist Agency, Claudine was accompanied by her parents when she met with the top executives of GMA-7—and we really mean the top honchos, led by GMA-7 President and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon and Executive Vice President and COO Jimmy Duavit, together with GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar and GMA Senior VP for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante.
Several months ago, we gave you the scoop about Claudine’s move from being the number one Star Magic girl to becoming the newest VAA prized possession, taking the ABS-CBN management by surprise. At that time, Claudine just signed a two-picture contract with Viva Films, but we have rightly sensed that the management contract will eventually be a done deal, too.
Incidentally, just last night, too, we got to meet with Paolo Bediones, who hosted the finals of the Ms. Fresh Look Campus Color search, organized by Ciba Vision in Eastwood Mall (the representative of Adamson University, Mara Lisa Tagabucba, won the title over seven other hopefuls). He finally confirmed that he is now a “free agent,” after his GMA-7 contract expired on September 15.
There are already talks that he is moving to TV5, which is now owned by a new group; Paolo was in fact seen in the Ad Congress show of the said station. Paolo clarified that he was just invited to grace the affair since he was already there to host the GMA-7 show later that night. He and his manager are still studying offers from other stations—which means, yes, it could include an exploratory talk with ABS-CBN, too—but he notes that GMA-7 has every right to match any offer made.
Behind the camera, several movements are also being felt—this time among those involved in the creative/production side of television, as resignations from both giant stations abound. But that’s entirely a different story.