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HOOQ’s original TV pilots will take flight this week

Work 20 March, 2018

You may have seen our recent blog post announcing that HOOQ, the largest video-on-demand service in South-East Asia, have commissioned six original TV pilots through Genero as part of the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild! The project gave filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their ideas for original TV pilots for key markets across Asia.

A truly creative and diverse selection of pilots were commissioned based on three key factors: the relevance and potential appeal of the TV pilots to Asian audiences, demonstrable creativity in storytelling and a well told Asian story with an original point of view. The selection includes an array of genres such as drama-comedy, gangster and supernatural.

The pilots will start taking take flight on HOOQ from 22 March 2018, with the best performing episode commissioned for a full TV series.

Check out the trailers for each of the commissioned pilots below.

Aliansi –Muttaqiena Imaamaa (Indonesia)
The story of a down-and-out creative executive in Jakarta, who gets a chance to start over when a mysterious millionaire approaches him to create an ad campaign – to convince the public that aliens are real.

Haunt Me – Omen Dhas and Goh Ming Siu, Third Floor Pictures (Singapore)
Supernatural drama Haunt Me tells the story of a widower, Kwong, who after his father’s death moves into his family’s ancestral home and discovers their secret sacred destiny; guiding lost souls to the other side.

Heaven and Hell – Bobby Prabowo and Eric Tiwa (Indonesia)
A fictional story inspired by true events, Heaven and Hell takes us into the world of the Eastern Indonesia mafia. A young man uprooted from his home finds out that the only way to return to his family is to become the most fearsome gangster, and head of the crime world.

How to be a good girl – Abundant Productions  (Singapore)
A drama-comedy set in Singapore, How to be a good girl follows the life of Frances Lee. She’s a socialite and former prisoner looking to reclaim her life after her time behind bars. The story has an underlying theme about women in today’s society who are caught between trying to lead lives that are perfect on paper, and staying true to themselves.

Suay – Marcelo von Schwartz (Thailand)
Suay is a detective show unlike any other. Raw, shocking and wickedly delightful, it tells the story of a ladyboy go-go dancer; Lola. After receiving a cut-off ear belonging to her best friend, she’s forced to draw upon her past identity as a tough male private detective and descend into the underbelly of Bangkok.

Bhak – Arjun Chatterjee and Shreyom Ghosh, Big3 Media (India)
Set in Mumbai, this pilot tells the story of two young Bollywood filmmakers. Sick of being pushed around by the vast Indian film industry, they decide to take matters into their own hands, leading to a vicious yet hilarious roller-coaster ride of frustration, passion, betrayal, and the love of cinema.