GMA Network announced that it is bringing to the Philippines the international hit reality show “Running Man” after it signed a co-production deal with South Korea’s SBS TV Network.
To be known as “Running Man Philippines”, the local version of the race-plus-missions reality program is targeted to start airing in 2021.
The Philippines, thus, will become the fourth country outside of South Korea to run the weekly program, which was first aired by SBS on July 11, 2010 as part of its “Good Sunday” lineup.
Also having their own versions of “Running Man” are China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The signing of the co-production contract was attended by GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon, GMA Network President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, EVP, CFO Felipe S. Yalong, SBS Korea Chief Global Contents Officer SBS Korea Kim Yong Jae and Global Production & Business Team Director Kim Soo Hwan.
In an interview with GMA News, Yong Jae said this is SBS’s first co-production with a Philippine network. “We experienced the success in Vietnam and China and we’re expecting a lot in the Philippines also.”
Gozon said he is thrilled to be partnering with a well-known network in South Korea and is hoping to make it a top rating show in the Philippines.
“We are also very delighted to partner with a great institution in content and we know that this “Running Man” is a top rating program not only in South Korea but in other countries and we hope to make it also a top rater her in the Philippines,” Gozon said.
As part of the promotions for “Running Man Philippines”, the cast of “Running Man Korea” Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, Yang Se Chan, and Jeon So Min will be having a fan meet at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 21.