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Solar Entertainment Corporation

Solar Entertainment Corporation
Subsidiary
Traded as Solar Entertainment Corporation
Industry Media company
Predecessor Solar Entertainment Corporation (1976-present)
Founded 1976 (as a TV moviemaking)
1988 (as a film distribution company)
2000 (as a cable channels network)
2008 (as a broadcast company)
Founder William Y. Tieng
Willy Y. Tieng
Headquarters Ground Floor, Worldwide Corporate Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Area served
Nationwide
Key people
Wilson Y. Tieng (President and CEO)
Mitos Borromeo (COO)
Gregorio Perez (CFO)
Products ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, CT, My Movie Channel, Basketball TV, Solar Sports, Solar All Access, NBA Premium TV, Shop TV, Solar Films
Services Free-to-air TV and radio broadcasting, cable television, international film distribution, moviemaking, publishing, news, sports, websites
Revenue PHP 1.3 billion (2011)
#redirect Template:If affirmed PHP 3.3 billion (2014) [1]
Owner Tieng family (under the Tieng brothers)
Number of employees
201 - 500
Divisions ETC Productions
Website Official website

Solar Entertainment Corporation (SEC) is a Filipino media company founded and managed by the Tieng family (by the brothers, Wilson, William & Willy Tieng). It currently operates 2 free-to-air channels, under affiliation deals with SBN and RJTV, and 8 cable channels[2] and a film distribution company (Solar Films). Solar Films is the Philippine affiliate for United International Pictures.

History

As a TV moviemaking

Solar Entertainment Corporation (‘Solar’) was founders and established by William Tieng, Wilson Tieng, and Willy Tieng in 1976.

As a film distribution

Solar Films is formed in 1988, bringing international films (and later, local films since 2009) to the Philippines. Since 2012 Solar has collaborated with Independent film director Brillante Mendoza for a multiple film contract.[3]

As a cable channels network

In the year 2000, DOMSAT became a subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation (Solar). As its subsidiary, DOMSAT’s teleport is being used by Solar to produce, originate, and distribute its various television program services. Its full service digital broadcast teleport features server technology in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Rizal. It is built around two encoder platforms, Scientific Atlanta Power Vu Classic(DVB) and Motorola Digicipher II(MPEG-@). Program origination is done on a SeaChange Media Cluster Server System. The facility includes a 500 square meter studio and various linear and non-linear production bays.[1]

As a broadcast company

On January 1, 2008, Solar Entertainment Corporation began to lease block airtime with terrestrial networks, RPN, SBN and RJTV. Those three started carrying shows from Solar's, with C/S on RPN, ETC on SBN, and 2nd Avenue on RJTV.

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Logo of Solar Sports

On May 22, 2009, the network of Solar Entertainment Corporation and partership with GMA Network, Inc. announced held a victory party for the new IBO (International Boxing Organization) and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City, last Friday, May 22. Solar Sports represented by president (now Solar Entertainment Corporation President and CEO), Wilson Tieng (far left) and chairman William Tieng, signed a contract with GMA Network, represented by president and CEO (now GMA Network Chairman and CEO), Atty. Felipe L. Gozon and executive vice president and COO (now GMA Network President and COO), Mr. Gilberto Duavit Jr. for a partnership in TV coverage of Manny Pacquiao's boxing matches.[4]

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Logo of Solar TV as a television channel from November 29, 2009 - February 25, 2011

On November 29, 2009, Solar Entertainment Corporation rebranded C/S9 as Solar TV at 11:00am with a slogan It's A Bright New World on RPN. On October 31, 2010, it changed some of its programming content to English/Tagalog with a new slogan Kung Saan Lahat Panalo!. It ended its broadcast on February 25, 2011

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Logo of Basketball TV

On February 11, 2011, the networks of Solar Entertainment Corporation and partnership with ABS-CBN Corporation announced on Friday that it will air National Basketball Association (NBA) games over free TV starting February 19, 2011. As part of a co-production agreement between ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO (now ABS-CBN Chairman), Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III and Solar TV Network (now Solar Entertainment Corporation) Chairman William Y. Tieng, ABS-CBN will air NBA games and related programs, including the Pre-Season, Regular Season, Playoff and Final plus magazine shows such as NBA Action and Real NBA, over the next four years. These games will be aired on Studio 23 (now known as ABS-CBN Sports and Action) and ABS-CBN Channel 2. Solar TV will still air the games daily on BTV. “ABS-CBN Corporation thanks Solar TV Network for entrusting to the Kapamilya Network the free TV telecast of the National Basketball Association games,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.[5]

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Logo of Solar TV as a television network

On March 2, 2011,[6] After SEC acquired 34 percent of RPN from the Philippine government as part of RPN/IBC privatization in 2011, Solar TV finally ventured into news at the end of 2011. On March 2, 2011, ETC moved to RPN while TalkTV launched over SBN. TalkTV is formed by Solar Television Network (now Nine Media Corporation), then owned by Solar Entertainment after the latter lead the privatization of RPN. The first programs that aired on the channel are Dateline NBC, Today Show, Today's Talk, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

On May 31, 2011, ETC launched the slogan "Young and Loving It". It also saw new programs such as the reality series The Rachel Zoe Project and Bachelor Pad, drama series Nikita, and The Secret Circle, US hit reality series The Glee Project, comedy shows like New Girl and 2 Broke Girls, and local lifestyle show Etcetera. In 2012, ETC includes the reality show American Idol, local programs like Project Runway Philippines (season 3), drama series The Lying Game, Emily Owens MD and Beauty and the Beast, and local infotainment show ETC HQ. In 2013, ETC aired comedy-drama series The Carrie Diaries, sitcom series Super Fun Night, supernatural drama series Ravenswood, horror fantasy drama series The Originals and among others.

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Logo as the Solar News and Current Affairs from 2011 until August 22, 2014

Solar News, known for its back-to-basics and unbiased journalism was formed in January 2012 during the coverage of the Impeachment Trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Post-EDSA revolution ABS-CBN newsmen Pal Marquez, Jing Magsaysay and Pia Hontiveros together with former ANC anchors Claire Celdran, Mai Rodriguez and Nancy Irlanda known as the pillars of Solar News. Most of its news reporters are from ABS-CBN and ANC, as well as from RPN NewsWatch, the sole and longest running English newscast of Radio Philippines Network, which was stopped airing in 2012 as an effect of RPN's privatization.[8][9]

In July 16, 2012, Solar News launches its first local newscast Solar Network News (now known as CNN Philippines Network News) followed by Solar Nightly News (now known as CNN Philippines Nightly News), An hourly news update called Solar News Update (now known as CNN Philippines Updates), Solar Daybreak (now known as CNN Philippines Headline News), and Solar Newsday (now known as CNN Philippines News Room).

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A Toyota HiAce van used by Solar News parked at the Office of the Ombudsman.

On October 30, 2012, at 5:45 am, TalkTV was replaced as Solar News Channel on Channel 21 via SBN. The channel saw the relaunch of sports news program Solar Sports Desk (now known as CNN Philippines Sports Desk), as well as the initial telecast of the Solar News and Current affairs block in November 2012 composing of 5 public affairs programs (namely Legal HD, MedTalk, News.PH, Opposing Views, Elections 2013 and News Cafe), 60 Minutes, Top Gear, Undercover Boss and the "Stories" Documentaries block. When SNC moved to RPN, it launched its own mobile application for smartphone users, consisting of features such as live streaming, catch-up episodes (newscasts and Stories) and latest news from the network's news website. In January 2013, Solar News Cebuano (now known as CNN Philippines Cebuano News) made history as the first National newscast delivered in a local dialect.

On April 14, 2013, the networks Solar Entertainment Corporation and partnership with ABC Development Corporation (now known as TV5 Network, Inc.) announced Filipinos all over the country will have the opportunity to watch every game featuring the Philippine team in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship live. TV5 and Solar Entertainment Corporation have joined forces to broadcast the event on Philippine television. “Every Philippine team game is going to be shown live on TV5,” said Sports5 head Chot Reyes, who also coaches the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team. Games will also be broadcast over Solar’s cable channel Basketball TV. Ang responsibility namin dito is to bring the game to your homes, said Solar chairman Wilson Tieng. “Ang gusto namin ang coverage namin is the best we can do for the Filipino audience.” Reyes said that it’s also an opportunity to show other countries the advances in sports broadcasting in the Philippines. I think we are among the best when it comes to basketball [broadcasting] in Asia,” said Reyes. Ang pag-cover natin dito ay top-notch compared to the other countries in Asia.[10]

News reports during this time also cited the interest of Ramon Ang, the President and COO of San Miguel Corporation, to explore the possibility of acquiring a controlling stake in Solar Entertainment Corporation in his personal capacity.[11][12] However, no further announcements were made after this and Ang subsequently reached an agreement to acquire a minority interest in the networks in 2014.[13][14][15][16][16]

On May 22, 2013, Solar Entertainment Corporation appointed two officers to manage its broadcasting and cable businesses - Manuel “Meckoy” Quiogue as Chief Commercial Officer and Maria Theresa “Mitos” Borromeo as Chief Operating Officer.[17] However, a few days after the announcement, Quiogue suddenly died on May 31, 2013, prior to assuming his position.[18]

Solar News Channel and its partnership (now CNN Philippines) moved to RPN 9 while ETC returned to Solar Entertainment. RPN's former occupant, ETC, returned to SBN Channel 21 (ETC was aired on SBN-21 from 2008-2011 then to RPN-9 from 2011-2013).[19]

In 2014, Solar Entertainment's Solar One Boracay happened during the Labor Day weekend to showcase its channels (ETC, 2nd Avenue, JackTV, JackCITY, My Movie Channel, The Game Channel, Solar Sports, BTV and NBA Premium TV) through various summer activities all over the island.[20] On August 20, Solar Entertainment Corporation chief Wilson Tieng announced that he ceded his entire share on Solar TV Network, Inc., including its 34% majority share on RPN, to Antonio Cabangon Chua, owner of business daily BusinessMirror and Aliw Broadcasting Corporation.[21][22] Tieng sold Solar TV because they are losing money for operations and he will be focusing instead on the remaining television channels he personally owned through Solar Entertainment.

In 2015, Solar Entertainment Corporation launched the #1stonPHTV brand of Solar channels for ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Jack City (now known as CT) and My Movie Channel, with the brand implemented on January 6, 2015. Since then, all SEC channels broadcast first-run foreign television programs with the hashtag #1stonPHTV (First on Philippine TV), which was formerly known as "Match Airing" (ETC), "Playing 1st" (Jack TV), "The Newest in the US" & "FastCast" (2nd Avenue) and "See It First" (Jack City).

On March 26, 2015, the network of Solar Entertainment Corporation announced. The biggest and richest fight in boxing history will also go down in the record books as “the most enormous coverage ever” in Philippine broadcasting history. “It’s unseen in Philippine broadcasting and we are targeting the largest audience possible,” said Solar Sports president Wilson Tieng. [23]

The men behind the country’s major broadcast networks have joined hands for a multi-platform and multi-channel airing of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr..

The unprecedented deal among GMA Network, ABS-CBN, and TV5 was announced during a press conference at the Solaire Resort and Casino yesterday.[24] The three networks will air the fight on a slightly-delayed basis. But on pay-per-view, through Cignal Digital TV and SkyCable, it will be aired real time. GMA Network has waived its exclusive TV rights on Pacquiao fights for this fight.

We owe it to the Filipino people,” said GMA Network executive vice president Felipe Yalong during the well-attended press event. “Previously, Pacquiao fights are aired on GMA-7 alone but in deference to the request of Manny Pacquiao himself, we agreed to this,” he said. The fight will also be shown live and commercial free on all SM cinemas and the Mall of Asia Arena. For radio listeners, it’s Radio GMA.

Tickets to SM Cinemas nationwide will range from P600 to P1,000 while pay-per-view is priced at P2,000 per household. Technically, it’s the biggest broadcast event ever in the country, even bigger than a presidential oath-taking.

“Everybody agreed to set aside all their differences to make sure that this will become the biggest event ever in Philippine television history,” said Tieng.

This is a win-win-win-win solution. I don’t know how many wins I should say,” added the big boss of Solar Sports. It was close to midnight in Los Angeles when Pacquiao went on Skype. Thank you very much to GMA-7, ABS-CBN, TV5 and Solar Sports. Salamat sa pagkakaisa ninyo na maipakita sa mga kababayan natin ang fight na ito, he said.

Also on deck were Mike Enriquez of GMA-7, Dino Laureano of ABS-CBN, Chot Reyes of TV5, Oscar Reyes of Cignal and Edgar Tejerero of SM Lifestyle and Entertainment, Inc.[25]

“It took two weeks and many sleepless nights to make this happen. At night time here we’re calling the US and at daytime here we’re bargaining with everyone,” said Tieng. “But the most important thing here is that Manny Pacquiao played a great part here. He was the one who wanted this. Solar Sports can only take part of the credit,” he added.

In the United States, sports broadcast rivals HBO and Showtime have done the same to make sure the world gets to see the fight. The fight which could generate as much as $400M in revenues will take place on May 2 in Las Vegas. The world waited six years for this fight to happen. Solar Sports, which has covered Pacquiao fights the last 12 years, acquired the broadcast rights from the US promoters for a staggering $10 million.

It was not disclosed how much the broadcast networks paid to be part of the greatest show in Philippine sports history.

Divisions

Subsidiaries

  • Solar Pictures

Notable local films released/distributed by Solar

Productions company by Solar

Broadcast Assets

  • 2nd Avenue - (affiliated with RJTV: January 1, 2008 – present)
  • ETC - (affiliated with SBN: January 1, 2008 – March 1, 2011, November 30, 2013 – present / RPN: March 2, 2011 – November 29, 2013)

Former subsidiary, divisions and broadcast Assets

Cable TV channels

Previous channels

1Joint venture with Universal Networks International

Pay TV, Broadband and Digital TV

Media Partnership

From SkyCable to Terrestrial Television

Solar's channels have ceased airing on SkyCable, the Philippines' largest cable television provider. An insider claims that these troubles with SkyCable started when boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, whose fights Solar Entertainment has the exclusive right to air and distribute to, moved from ABS-CBN, the flagship television network of ABS-CBN Corporation and the primary owner of Sky Cable Corporation, to rival GMA Network.[citation needed] Another insider claims that SkyCable wanted to remove ETC and JackTV to make room for their own channels, Velvet and Maxxx.[citation needed] SkyCable wanted to retain C/S, 2nd Avenue, Solar Sports and Basketball TV, but Solar made a decision that they will only renew their contract if SkyCable carries all six channels. Thus, Solar decided to pull out all their channels rather than remove ETC and Jack TV.

However, Solar has inked a deal with local terrestrial channels TV5, RPN, SBN and RJTV for block-time programming. C/S, ETC and 2nd Avenue programming are seen on terrestrial TV channels RPN, SBN and RJTV, respectively, while NBA and WWE programming were seen on TV5, now moved to RPN.

Basketball TV, Solar Sports & C/S Origin(Now Solar TV) are now back on SkyCable for no additional fee. Jack TV is also scheduled to return to SkyCable effective October 1, 2010 replacing Maxxx.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao's boxing promotion, Top Rank, signed a non-guaranteed contract with ABS-CBN Sports to exclusively air fights promoted by Top Rank, with the exception of Pacquiao fights which are still signed exclusively through Solar Entertainment.

Dream Satellite TV

Dream Satellite TV ceased carrying three (3) Solar Channels namely, Solar Sports, ETC and 2nd Avenue(Except C/S 9) effective 1 February 2009. Dream's carriage contract with Solar Entertainment, which expired on 31 December 2008 was not renewed by Dream, citing financial constraints as its main reason. The three Solar channels were replaced by A&E's The History Channel, Biography Channel and Crime and Investigation Channel.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/sm-prime-solar-investing-20-million-in-new-video-on-demand-venture" (Press release). 
  2. ^ Complete Solar Entertainment Channels except Shop TV
  3. ^ http://www.solarentertainmentcorp.com/about/page/solar_today
  4. ^ GMA victory party for Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao
  5. ^ ABS-CBN to air NBA games on free TV
  6. ^ Coloma: Privatization of RPN 9, IBC 13 in the works GMA News Online. 03-01-2011 Retrieved 03-01-2011
  7. ^ Agustin, Victor C. (February 25, 2011). "Tiengs move into news". Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ 200 RPN 9 employees to lose jobs GMA News Online. 10-02-2012 Retrieved 10-02-2012
  9. ^ Ramon Ang says in talks to buy Solar Entertainment ABS-CBNNews.com. 10-04-2012 Retrieved 10-04-2012
  10. ^ TV5, Solar team up for 2013 FIBA Asia Championship coverage
  11. ^ http://www.rappler.com/business/13606-san-miguel-s-ang-keen-on-solar-tv,-owner-of-rpn-9
  12. ^ 'Meeting of minds' reached in talks with Ramon Ang for investment, says Solar chairman retieved October 30, 2012 InterAksyon.com
  13. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/business/93653/exclusive--businessmirror-owner-acquires-majority-stake-in-rpn9
  14. ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/367049/economy/companies/ramon-ang-on-minority-stake-in-gma-network-it-s-a-done-deal
  15. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/ramon-s-ang-vows-to-be-just-passive-stockholder-in-gma7/
  16. ^ a b http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/388093/economy/companies/gma-s-gozon-purchase-agreement-with-ramon-ang-in-the-homestretch
  17. ^ Solar Entertainment Corp. appoints 2 new officers retrieved May 22, 2013 9News
  18. ^ http://www.bworldonline.com/weekender/content.php?id=73221
  19. ^ http://business.inquirer.net/177231/new-investor-vows-to-turn-rpn-9-around
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ EXCLUSIVE | BusinessMirror owner acquires majority stake in RPN9, InterAksyon.com, August 20, 2014
  22. ^ Cabangon-Chua acquires RPN-9, philstar.com, August 21, 2014
  23. ^ ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 join hands to air Pacquiao fight: Networks unite for historic broadcast
  24. ^ Pacquiao vs Mayweather to be televised by GMA, ABS-CBN and TV5
  25. ^ Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to air live over GMA radio stations nationwide
  26. ^ 8 official entries in 2009 MMFF bared Philstar.com.
  27. ^ Ricky Lo. Flames of Love celebrates the Year of Faith Philstar.com.

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