The winning concept from Viu Pitching Forum 2019, Star Stealer features a unique blend of young emerging talent and A-list celebrities
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Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service from PCCW media group, today announced the release of Viu Original comedy series Star Stealer, the winning entry of Viu Pitching Forum 2019. The series will be released on September 30, 2020 in all 16 markets where Viu operates.
The original concept behind Star Stealer was created by two talented up-and-coming Indonesian filmmakers, Aaron Timothy Soeharto and Audry Dayes Wangko, who beat more than 250 entries at the Viu Pitching Forum and won the opportunity to further develop their story and bring it to life as a 10-episode Viu Original series.
In its second year, Viu Pitching Forum is an annual industry-building initiative dedicated to promoting emerging talent in Indonesia and providing a global platform to showcase their inspiring work.
Star Stealer was applauded by judges of Viu Pitching Forum for its unique storyline and youthful spirit. The storyfollows the daughter of a recently bankrupted mall owner who finds herself waitressing at a bubble tea joint where she brings together an unlikely assortment of talented retail workers to form an underground organization. Their mission is to make money by conducting a series of daring heists to steal items from celebrities and sell them to the highest bidder.
Star Stealer is headlined by a young, all-Indonesian ensemble cast featuring Syafira Haddad, Roy Sungkono, Clairine Clay, Shenina Cinnamon, Claudy Putri and parkour athlete Rekki Illahi, supported by veteran actors Totos Rasiti, Dayu Wijanto and Willem Bevers. Star Stealer’s A-list celebrities include Chicco Jerikho, Rio Dewanto, Jessica Mila, Rafael Tan, Lucinta Luna, Limbad and many more. The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker Andibachtiar Yusuf, best known for his work on Pariban: Idola Dari Tanah Jawa and the critically acclaimed Love for Sale franchise.
Ms. Sahana Kamath, Head of Original Production for Viu Indonesia and Malaysia, said,
“Star Stealer is a testament to Viu’s commitment to helping build the industry for premium production through Viu Pitching Forum and to champion the region’s best and brightest up-and-coming talent. With its playful jibe at the current celebrity culture craze and its thrilling yet heart-warming narrative, we are certain our audience will enjoy this fun, inventive heist comedy – truly the first of its kind in Indonesia.”
Viu-ers can watch Star Stealer starting September 30 on the Viu app which can be downloaded for free on App Store, Google Play and select Smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com.
Viu is a leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service operated by PCCW media group. It is available in 16 markets including: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar in Asia; Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the Middle East; as well as South Africa.
Operating with both an ad-supported tier and a premium subscription tier, Viu delivers premium content in different genres from top content providers with local languages and subtitles, as well as original production series under the “Viu Original” initiative.
Viu offers users popular and current content with streaming and download features, and localized user interfaces. With the patented Dynamic Adaptive Transcoding technology, Viu can provide the best viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.
The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, selected smart TVs, as well as on web by logging into www.viu.com.
About PCCW Media
PCCW media group is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.
PCCW media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand offering more than 160 linear channels and an extensive on demand library of local, Asian and international programming. Premium content can also be accessed by subscribers via the Now Player companion app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming, in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content. Now TV also offers its content via Now E, a subscription OTT (over-the-top) service with international and Asian dramas, movies and world-class sports events, which is designed to meet the needs of millennial viewers. In addition, PCCW media group operates popular digital music streaming service MOOV in Hong Kong.
PCCW media group also provides a leading pan-regional OTT video service under the Viu brand with over 35 million users in 16 markets including countries in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as South Africa. The Viu service is available to consumers through a dual model with an ad-supported free tier and a premium subscription tier. Viu offers fresh premium TV series, movies and lifestyle programming in local and regional languages and subtitles in different genres from top content providers, as well as premium original productions under the brand “Viu Original”. The service can be accessed via app, selected smart TVs and online.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.
The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.
PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong. It operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.
Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong.
Also, wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.
In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit www.pccw.com.
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