MANILA— More and more personalities from ABS CBN are moving to GMA network and the latest news brewing in the industry is that the former Star Magic heads Johnny Manahan known as a director and star builder and Mariole Alberto are also moving to GMA-7.
Johnny or Mr. M as he is fondly called and Freddie M. Garcia were partners in building ng Talent Center, now known as Star Magic, the talent management arm of ABS CBN, while Mariole Alberto replaced Mr. M as Star Magic head.
According to reports, Mr. M remains the chairman emeritus of the talent management arm of ABS-CBN until he retired in 2020.
On September 25, 2020, ABS CBN announced the retirement of Alberto as head of Star Magic, even if her services would still be on December 31, 2020.
She was replaced by Lauren Dyogi, head of the Entertainment Production.
There were speculations about the forthcoming transfer of the two former ABS CBN executives to GMA-7 due to reports from several news websites these past days.
This is the reason for the hot news about their transfer to Kapuso network.
Mr. M. and Mariole have big contributions to Star Magic because they were partners in the popularity of the big Kapamilya stars like Claudine Barretto, Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
A GMA-7 insider was asked about the rumor regarding the transfer of the manager of Star Magic to Kapuso network.
The insider said, “Mukha dahil pinag-uusapan na yata dito sa GMA. Hindi ko lang alam kung tuloy na.”
Another source has a different reaction, who said that there seems to be an assurance that Alberto would be a part of the GMA Artist Center, the talent arm of the Kapuso Network.
Currently, the GMA Artist Center is being managed by Gigi Santiago-Lara.
What is not clear yet is the position that Mr. M. would handle in his imminent transfer to GMA-7—will he be part of the management or will he be a director or both.
According to a Kapuso personality who told Cabinet Files, surely, there will be an official announcement from GMA-7 should the negotiation between Mr. M and Alberto and the Kapuso management, and this is an interesting issue to watch out for in the next item. (ECD/MTVN)