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Monday, August 31, 2009

GMA names new officers

The Board of Directors of GMA Network recently announced the promotions of Ida Henares to VP for Talent Development and Management (TDM); and Joseph Francia to VP for International.

The promotion of Henares came as GMA Network chairman, president and CEO Felipe Gozon announced the upgrading of the GMA Artist Center from divisional to departmental level (TDM) to more effectively train, develop, and promote in-house talents, who will be sourced to provide the needs GMA and Q-11 programs, and other network subsidiaries. TDM now operates directly under the Office of the President.

Henares heads the talent-production team, which has over 100 artists in its roster including Rhian Ramos, Iza Calzado, Mark Herras, Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal.

Henares underwent trainings for various artistic disciplines. She honed her talent for classical and modern ballet, jazz, maui, swing, hula and a variety of styles under the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Dance Company and the Penthouse 7 Dance Program. She was one of the few who attended the Martha Graham dance clinic.

She recently marked another milestone in her career by being the first ever Filipino judge in the most recent Asian Supermodel Competition held in China. Henares and her Philippine team participated in the Korean Modeling Association International Festival Awards. She is a member (the first Philippine representative) of the Asia Model Association.

Francia, on the other hand, is in charge of GMA Network's International channels — GMA Pinoy TV (GPTV) and GMA Life TV (GLTV). Subscribers for both GPTV and GLTV continue to grow, with GPTV having 217,000 paying subscribers and GLTV with 112,000 as of the second quarter of 2009.

Under Francia's leadership, GMA International has now become the second-largest income-distributor to GMA Network, after the main terrestrial/free-to-air broadcasting business of the company. Francia remains as head of Operations GMA International alongside his new concurrent position.

Francia won first place in Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) for the Marketing Tactic Category held in 2006 in New York. At present, he contributes media industry write-ups to TV Asia, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting and Asia Image.

Prior to joining GMA Network, Francia was affiliated to Beanstalk Media, Inc. (a management consulting company that specializes in business advisory and project management services), Entertainment Network, Ltd. (a media management, content acquisition and distribution, and electronic media services), and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., among others. He holds a Kellog-Post Master Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.

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