Ricky Lee and Other ABS-CBN Writers Join GMA-7's Creative Team
The legendary scriptwriter Ricky Lee, along with a bunch of writers from ABS-CBN, is joining the entertainment group of GMA-7.
This was announced by GMA-7 on September 29, 2021 through a press release.
Ricky, whose remarkable works include Salome (1981), Moral (1982), Himala (1982), and GMA Films’ very own Jose Rizal (1998), Muro-Ami (1999), and Death Row (2000), will act as a creative consultant for the Kapuso network.
He says, "Now that I am back working with GMA, I am excited to be part of its plans for the network's drama department.
"I'm always excited to work with good actors, especially those that I haven't worked with before.
"So it would be nice to work with Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Jennylyn Mercado, and Alden Richards.
“Nakatrabaho ko na before si Dennis Trillo who has always been good, pero siyempre gusto ko pa rin siyang makatrabaho. And, of course, andyan na rin si Bea Alonzo.”
Ricky is also open to doing TV adaptations of some of his classic movies with GMA-7’s young stars in the lead, particularly Bianca Umali.
“It would be nice to do a back-to-back adaptation of Salome and Moral. Maybe with Bianca Umali as Salome. I saw her in Legal Wives and I thought she was very good. It would also be nice to imagine GMA's young female stars in Moral.”
Based on the press release, part of his duties are:
(1) providing basic and advanced workshops for new and existing writers of GMA-7, as well as recommending concepts developed during workshops;
(2) assisting in recruitment of new writers;
(3) conducting script appreciation workshop for cast members of shows.
Before this, Ricky worked as ABS-CBN’s creative manager for its Star Creatives unit until 2011. Some of his notable works were It Might Be You (2003), Maging Sino Ka Man (2006), and Magkaribal (2010), among others.
He also served as creative manager of Maalaala Mo Kaya for several years.
During the pandemic, he held free workshops for aspiring writers, and also expressed support for ABS-CBN's franchise woes in 2020.
In March 2021, Ricky conducted a workshop for the writers of GMA Public Affairs, which has also been actively producing drama series.
Ricky previously wrote scripts for the classic drama anthology GMA Telesine Specials (1993-1999; 2001-2003) as well as GMA Films.
Apart from Ricky, many other writers of ABS-CBN have joined the stable of GMA-7’s creative team.
One of them is Maria Regine “Reggie” Amigo, the writer behind Esperanza (1997), Sana Maulit Muli (2006), Walang Hanggan (2012), Ina Kapatid Anak (2012), and On The Wings of Love (2015), to name a few.
The former creative manager of ABS-CBN’s Dreamscape Entertainment unit says about the new chapter of her career, “I am honored that GMA has accepted me into the family. I am excited for this next chapter in my life - to work with new people, to discover a different point of view, to learn new things, and to forge new friendships. This venture I now face won't be easy, but with the support of the Kapuso family, I will meet the challenge head-on."
Another Kapamilya writer who has started working in GMA-7 is Mark Duane Angos, the headwriter of ABS-CBN shows Bagani and Dolce Amore.
He is now part of I Left My Heart in Sorsogon, starring Heart Evangelista, Paolo Contis, and Richard Yap.
Jimuel dela Cruz, a writer of ABS-CBN’s Be Careful With My Heart and The Killer Bride, has recently finished his writing duties in Heartful Café. He has at least four upcoming shows in the Kapuso network: Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye, Stories from the Heart: Love On Air, Widow’s Web, and I Can See You: Alternate.
Benjamin Benson Logronio, a known writer of Maalaala Mo Kaya, is now part of GMA-7’s drama anthology Magpakailanman, as well as the Kapuso shows Stories From The Heart: Never Say Goodbye and Artikulo 247.
Aris “Ays” de Guzman, who has been writing for Star Cinema movies and ABS-CBN's child-friendly shows, such as May Bukas Pa, was involved in the fantasy-drama series Agimat ng Agila.
GMA-7 says in its release that having these writers in its creative team is “a major boost for GMA’s continuing commitment of offering opportunities for its talents and providing top-notch and world-class entertainment for its avid viewers.”