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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Repost: Angel Locsin and Edu Manzano Star in PH Remake of 'Call My Agent'

Images courtesy of Instagram: therealangellocsin/ realedumanzano

“Call My Agent!,” the hit French show set at a Parisian talent agency, is set for a number of international adaptations with remakes in the works at top streamers and broadcasters in South Korea, Indonesia, the Middle East, Philippines, Malaysia and Poland.

Co-represented by France Televisions Distribution and Newen Connect’s TF1 Studio, the show was previously adapted in India, Canada and Turkey. A U.K. remake, produced by Headline Pictures and BRON Studios, with BAFTA award winner John Morton as head writer and co-director, will soon launch on Amazon U.K. and Sundance Now in the U.S. In Italy, the remake is being produced by Mediawan-owned Palomar for Sky with Luca Ribuoli on board to direct.

In The Philippines, the show is being adapted by Erik Matti, the critically acclaimed director of “On The Job,” who will serve as director and showrunner. Dondon Monteverde is executive producer. The writing team includes Senedy Que (“A Mother’s Story”), Jinky Laurel (“Tanging Yaman”) and Chris Violago (“The Last Manilaners”).

Ordered by HBO Go, the series will be headlined by Angel Locsin (“The General’s Daughter”) and Edu Manzano (“Marry Me, Marry You”), a local star involved in acting, sports and politics. The eight-part show will kick off production in April or May. The Filippino remake of “Call My Agent!” is part of HBO’s drive to create original content in Asia-Pacific.

Other topnotch partners for local remakes include MBC in the Middle East, Disney Plus in Indonesia, Astro in Malaysia and TVN in Poland. A South Korean partner will be unveiled at a later stage.

Created by Fanny Herrero for French broadcaster France Televisions, the French hit series — originally titled “Dix Pour Cent” — revolves around the personal and professional lives of a tight-knit but sometimes dysfunctional team of charismatic Parisian talent agents. The series wrapped its fourth and finale season last year and producers Harold Valentin at Mother Production and Dominique Besnehard at Mon Voisin Productions, a Mediawan company, are currently developing a “Call My Agent” TV movie. Besnehard, a former casting director-turned-producer, conceived of the original idea for the show, along with dozens of episodes.

Netflix picked up the series a few months after Season 1 launched on France Televisions’ flagship channel France 2.

“I remember when the series was first introduced to buyers at Mipcom in 2015, we had Cedric Klapisch (the filmmaker of ‘The Spanish Apartment’), who was giving interviews and Dominique Besnehard,” said Sabine Chemaly, who is head of international sales for films at TF1 Studios and reps the show and its format in “shared custody” with Julia Schulte, head of international sales at France TV Distribution.

“At the time, most French series that were successful were procedurals and cop shows, so ‘Call My Agent!’ with its comedic tone and Paris as a backdrop and main character really stood out,” added Chemaly.

“It was a very glamorous package and a totally different kind of comedy series in France, where the worlds of film and series were beginning to come together, not only with the stars doing cameos but also with Cedric Klapisch making his TV debut,” added Schulte.

The ensemble cast has broken through thanks to the show’s new-found global audience. Camille Cottin, who plays no-nonsense agent Andréa, starred in “Stillwater” opposite Matt Damon, and also had a role in “House of Gucci.” Laure Calamy, meanwhile, who portrays lovestruck secretary Noémie, won a Cesar award for her role in “My Donkey, My Lover and I” in 2021 and Venice’s Venice Horizons Award for best actress for Eric Gravel’s “A plein temps” in 2021.

Netflix initially bought the show outside of certain territories including France, Germany and Spain, and then pre-bought the subsequent season for the world. The show’s fourth season aired on France Televisions before it rolled out on Netflix globally.

The variety of streamers and networks attached for the international remakes underscores the versatility of ‘Call My Agent!,” said Schulte. “It’s a multi-faceted show which appeals to wide-ranging audiences, from pay TV to public broadcasters and streaming services.”

All seven remakes are expected to go into production in 2022. Three or four more remakes will follow, including in the Czech Republic, Greece, Germany and Spain, according to the sales agents.

In each territory, “the format is being adapted by producers who have access to the local talent pool,” said Chemaly. The executive said the adaptations won’t be straight copies of the original format, but will celebrate the unique aspects of their respective industries. The U.K. remake, for instance, will have a significant emphasis on the world of live theater because the West End plays such a major role in the British biz.

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    1. flop for you cos wala ka lang cguro HBO subscription LOL!

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    2. Smelled yourself

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    3. We smell your floppy grammar.

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    4. Too early to judge or are just envious?

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    5. Negative mo naman.

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    6. Happy new year

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    7. I smell bitter nega.

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    8. Baks basher na nga wrong grammar pa!

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    9. Ang alam ko lang flop ni Locsin yun indie indie film na ni-produce niya before. Other than that parang wala na...

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    10. ganyan din palagi ang comment niyo sa ibang artista masakit ba?😂notorious ang angel fans sa pagka-basher

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    11. 7:22 Baks anditey ka na naman with the finger pointing? Ganyan na lang palagi comment mo sa articles ni ateng Locsin? 🤣

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    12. 7:22 ikr? Double standard mga Angel warriors 😆

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    13. 2:56 marami syang flop baks. Wag ka nang mag skip memory at tanggapin ng maluwang sa fake mong dibdib 😁

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    14. 5:13 Weh? Nagsalita ang basher.. kakahiya naman ang linis mo teh!

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    15. 7:22 mas masakit ata ung nalalaman mong may projects pa din ung kinaaayawan mong artista. HAHAHAHAHHAA!!

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    16. 2:02 eh di magbunyi na kayong mga rabids nya. Sabagay once in a blue moon lang mga projects ng idol nyong freezer queen😝

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    17. 1012 uhmm yeah, nagbubunyi kami ikaw lang bitter kasi.😅 musta nga pala idol mo? Chos.

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    18. 10:12 Once in a blue moon pero HBO lang naman noh? bkt ba kasi di ka tumambay sa articles about ur idol? ay wala? di nafi-feature dito? walang ganap???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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  2. The Filippino remake of “Call My Agent!” is part of HBO’s drive to create original content in Asia-Pacific

    create original content by remaking (?)

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  3. Kala ko luis manzano at first lol

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  4. Ex biyenang hilaw ni Angel

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    1. Happy na both so Huwag ka na gumanyan

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    2. 12:42 Wala naman nega sa sinabi ni 12:12. Triggered lang? 🤣

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  5. "drive to create original content" pero remake o adaptation so di na original?

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  6. This is exciting but sana Angel will lose weight kahit hindi na yung dating nipis nya before.

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    1. Is that a requirement for the show? Typical pinoy, only focused on somebody else’s weight 🙄

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    2. anong kinalaman ng Body size ni Angel sa pagiging exciting ng palabas, It would be acceptable if u talked about her acting, body shamer!

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    3. Uy puso mo 8:40. Triggered much? 😂

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    4. 8:40 triggered ka kase karamihan sa inyo nag body shame din , bumalik lang sa inyo. Aminin. Hehe

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    5. Parang ala naman masama sa sinabi ni 12:29. Admit na natin talagang tumaba si Angel and medyo hindi pleasing tingnan sa screen kasi mas lumalapad sya talaga. I saw her in person and hindi naman sya ganun ka lapad pala talaga although anlayo din ng katawan nya than before. Baka busy na rin sya mag prepare ngayon at ang tahimik nya sa IG nowadays since new year. Fan ako ni Angel pero ako mismo wish ko sana mag trim down din sya kahit not as super sexy as before.

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  7. Tapos ip promote ni Luis sa IG nya. Charot!

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  8. Meron din nito s netflix. Napanood ko dati.

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  9. Angel shouldn't lose her curves for this role. Bagay yung curvy, bombshell look for her.

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    1. Hahahahaha, she is more than curvy baks, and never a bombshell. Lol.

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    2. 8:16 bombshell naman sya noon during her fhm days. Grabe appeal nya to both men and women.

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    1. Yep. I can feel it too.

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    2. Bakit naman? Need nya ng work

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    3. Ako din feeling ko d tatanggapin kc khit ano p svhin tatay ni luis c sir edu cgurado iisyu yan!

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  11. At least makakaarte na uli si Angel. Sobrang tagal na last serye nya

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  12. I try ko panoorin ulit yung french version. Medyo mabilis kasi yung subtitles nila kaya hindi ko na tinuloy. Maganda siguro ito kaya ang daming remake.

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  13. Oi funny to, sana maadapt ng maayos. Buti HBO nakuha nila mas may freedom to explore.

    Maging blind item-ish kaya ito in terms of how Filipino showbiz works? Juicy yun mga nangyayari sa bts ng Pinoy showbiz. ☺️

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    1. As if yun ang mangyayari. For sure, imbentomg showbiz world lang yan. Tapos ABS pa. Hahaha.

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  14. Sana matuloy. Looking forward to see this.

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  15. I watched the 4 seasons of this. It’s super good!

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  16. How will that work? Iba naman ang patakbo ng showbiz dito sa Philippines. Most of them contact star ng network so no agents. Hindi pareho sa us and other countries

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  17. Lol, there is no need for that at all.

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  18. Copycats galore na naman. Yuck.

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  19. Hindi naman kailangan yan. Watch the original instead. Enough nonsense.

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  20. The original is funny and witty. I hope they would do justice to it. The main role(Andrea) is a lesbian, i wonder how they would adapt it..

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    1. Lol, they have never made any remake in pinas that’s any good. Not one.

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  21. Angel can’t carry comedy. Not her forte

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    1. Depende sa script yan. She was good in Everything About Her. Sa impromtu comedy lang sya bano like sa showtime waley sya.

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    2. She has an award for best comedy actress for tv and for a movie, nung nag guest sya sa sitcom before ni vhong navarro ang taas ng rating at nagustuhan ng tao kaya tumagal sya ng 2 years sa show

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    3. Yes she can pull if off but there’s just so much effort .

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    4. Basta hindi spontaneous, pwede na rin

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  22. Congrats Edu & Angel!! It's just work, nothing personal, they're both outstanding artist! Looking forward to it!💕🌹😘

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  23. Congrats Edu & Angel!!💕🌹😘

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  24. That’s Pinas showbiz for you. Just wasting time and money.

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  25. If not recycled, it’s a remake. Typical sa pinas to. Too hopeless.

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