MANILA — Amid the coronavirus crisis that has forced the halt of film and TV productions — and with no sure resumption in sight — showbiz has had to evolve its means of storytelling and bringing entertainment to the Filipino audience.
For ABS-CBN, that has meant producing unique content that can be produced from home and viewed at home via online streaming.
Over the two months since the entire Luzon has been placed on lockdown, ABS-CBN has been releasing such offerings through its online platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.
Those are apart from content on ABS-CBN's streaming service iWant, which are fully produced similar to traditional TV and film titles.
The current normal of isolated stars and crew and creative heads has made Zoom, a video conference app, the ubiquitous choice of meetings and virtual mounting of scenes.
During the lockdown, ABS-CBN creative units have grappled with the limitation to continue providing a source of fresh entertainment for its viewers online.
The results, digital originals ranging from talk shows to virtual drama, can all be seen together in one portal, dubbed "OKS" or "Online Kapamilya Shows." (Visit: OKS.abs-cbn.com.)
Recent releases under the umbrella brand include "Stay at Home Stories," a series of drama shorts set during the pandemic; and "PBB Balik-Bahay," which features former housemates.
Prior programs that are now being produced from home amid the lockdown are also part of OKS, including "The Gold Squad," "Kapamilya Chat," and "Hotspot."
Fans can look forward to more fresh content, including "Doc Knows Best" with Jodi Sta. Maria, "KG Online" with Dimples Romana and Beauty Gonzalez, "Harapan Kay Mamang" with Pokwang, "Love Thy Chika" with Ruffa Gutierrez, "Promdibate" with Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles, and "Paligayahin Niyo Ako" with Ivana Alawi.