ABS-CBN Ventures to FILMART to Secure Co-Production Partnerships and Pre-Sales for The Bagman Drama Series

 ABS-CBN Ventures to FILMART to Secure Co-Production Partnerships and Pre-Sales for The Bagman Drama Series
ABS-CBN, the foremost media and entertainment powerhouse in the Philippines, embarks on a journey to this year's FILMART, commencing March 11, as principal photography for its riveting drama series, The Bagman (8 x one-hour), kicked off on February 25 in Manila. The series, a spin-off of the original digital hit Bagman, tailored for the Filipino audience, seeks co-production partners and pre-sales opportunities. Ruel S. Bayani, Head of ABS-CBN's International Productions Division, spearheads the endeavor, accompanied by Tanya Bautista, Creative Producer for "The Bagman," and Lea Dizon, ABS-CBN's development executive based in LA.

Bayani remarked, "ABS-CBN's narrative prowess and content creation acumen position us as an esteemed collaborator in international co-productions, evident in our expanding repertoire of global titles. As pioneers in elevating Filipino content on the global stage, we are proud to present 'The Bagman' at FILMART, reaffirming our commitment to Filipino representation in today's global marketplace. With production underway and a stellar cast in place, we anticipate 'The Bagman' to captivate audiences and industry partners in Hong Kong."

Starring Arjo Atayde, reprising his role as Benjo Malaya from the original Bagman series, which earned him the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Actor, alongside John Arcilla and Judy Ann Santos, "The Bagman" promises gripping storytelling and compelling performances.

Initially streaming on Netflix Philippines, the original "Bagman" series delves into the narrative of Benjo Malaya, a neighborhood barber turned henchman for the governor, entangled in a labyrinth of crime, corruption, and political intrigue.

In The Bagman, convicted prisoner and ex-governor Benjo Malaya embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover the truth behind his family's disappearance, reluctantly reentering the treacherous world he once abandoned. Tasked as the Bagman for the Philippine president, Malaya endeavors to prevent a looming civil conflict.

Produced by Philippine-based entities including ABS-CBN International Productions Division, Nathan Studios Inc., Rein Entertainment, and Dreamscape Entertainment, The Bagman epitomizes the collaborative spirit and storytelling finesse synonymous with ABS-CBN's legacy.