There’s definitely no stopping the critically acclaimed series “On the Job” for getting more international attention it deserves. Its powerhouse cast includes Joel Torre, John Arcilla, Piolo Pascual, Dennis Trillo, Gerald Anderson, Joey Marquez, Dante Rivero, Christopher de Leon and Lotlot de Leon.
This co-production of Reality MM Studios, Globe Studios (now known as ANIMA), and HBO Asia has been nominated for Best TV Movie/Mini Series in this year’s International Emmy Awards.
“On The Job: The Series,” adapted from the 2013 full-length film of the same name and its sequel “On the Job: The Missing 8” is in the running against three other nominees: “Help” (United Kingdom), “Il Est Elle” (France), and La Historia Íntima De La Escritora Isabel Allende (Chile).
“We are very proud of this nomination for ‘On the Job,’ which is a testament to world-class Filipino talent. To be shortlisted among four nominees is, in itself, a huge honor. Through ANIMA, we hope to bring more films and other content to the global stage,” said KROMA CEO Ian Monsod.
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this. It is surprising and impressive at the same time to be recognized amongst everything that was produced in the past year,” said director Erik Matti.
“The TV Movie/Mini-series category is one of the most difficult categories to be nominated in. Years ago, it was already tough, but in the age of streaming it’s even tougher because any other country and any other streaming service is doing their own limited series with a bigger production budget, and equally strong themes and stories. The Philippines is just emerging in this format, and to be nominated is already an achievement, whether we win or not. So with that, we are all just happy and we hope that Filipinos would equally be as proud,” he said.
Reality MM Studios co-founder and “On The Job” executive producer Ronald “Dondon” Monteverde said the recognition is reassuring for the industry.
“The journey of making it to the International Emmys shows the ingenuity of the Filipino. Without the scale of budgets of our international counterparts, we were able to produce quality work – something that Erik and I have been advocating for so long,” he said.
“On The Job (OTJ)” reflects real-life social ills including corruption and media censorship. Inspired by true events, it tells the story of prisoners hired as contract killers for government officials, and the journey of media man Narciso “Sisoy” Salas, who is forced to start an investigation following the disappearance of his colleagues.
“On the Job: The Missing 8” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where it entered the Main Competition for the Golden Lion. It also won the prestigious Volpi Cup Best Actor Award for Arcilla.
“On The Job” is an HBO Asia Original Series co-produced by Reality MM Studios and Globe Studios (now known as ANIMA Studios) under entertainment company KROMA Entertainment.