THE PHILIPPINES, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011: ABS-CBN Corporation has announced plans to build state-of-the-art soundstages and backlots to keep up with the network's expansion in multimedia. It is the first among the local TV networks to pioneer the construction of soundstages.
“The first soundstage will be up before end of 2012 in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan,” said ABS-CBN Chief Technology Officer Raul Bulaong, who is responsible for ABS-CBN’s production, post-production, animation, and transmission.
Soundstages, sound-proof buildings in which TV shows and films are shot, allow multiple interior set-ups, minimizing the need to travel to different locations. Aside from soundstages, Bulaong said ABS-CBN will also be constructing backlots that will enable them to shoot exterior or outdoor scenes.
Bulaong said the consumers stand to benefit from the plan. “ABS-CBN is producing a lot of TV shows aired on channel 2, Studio 23, cable TV channels like ANC, movies by Star Cinema,” he said.
And when the National Telecommunications gives its go signal for local networks to shift to digital TV, ABS-CBN will be launching five more new channels. This would mean more content and more shows that ABS-CBN should be able to produce efficiently.
For the city of San Jose del Monte, the construction of soundstages will spur development as demand for accommodation and recreation will be created by the production people and celebrities who will trek to Bulacan to work on TV and film assignments. – dated 26 September 2011.