AXN’s productions unhindered by challenging times


    AXN has not let challenging times slow it down. The English entertainment channel launched three new original productions in 2020 and has teased several more coming up in the pipeline for 2021.

    “AXN All-Stars” is a virtual extravaganza made possible by collaboration between AXN and some of the biggest names that the channel has had to offer. Featuring stars from all over the world, from David Foster, Anggun, Michael Bolton, and Mel C to Cosentino and Cyril Takayama to Junior New System, Gerphil Flores, and Afgan, among many more, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia and Creative Economy Indonesia.

    “Project GO,” meanwhile, is a brand-new business reality series sponsored by GoDaddy Asia that puts P1 million at stake for aspiring entrepreneurs to make their business idea real. It premiered on November 19 and airs every Thursday on AXN and on AXN Asia’s YouTube channel. With the limitations on mass gatherings imposed by the government, KC Global Media Asia had to be creative in bringing the cast together, innovating with hybrid filming that saw local Mentors maggie Wilson, Bea Cupin, and the Tung Brothers on set working in real time with GoDaddy’s Tina Shieh from Taiwan as well as with the shortlisted contestants calling in from all over the Philippines.

    “Asian Dream,” which aired seven episodes on AXN starting August, was produced by Subaru Asia. Shot prior to the pandemic, it featured six contestants from across the Southeast Asia region coming together to refine their craft under the mentorship of multiple Grammy-award winner Michael Bolton, as they compete to become the next rising star in Asia. The show was co-hosted by Morissette Amon and was won by Tyen Rasif of Singapore, who has since become Subaru Asia’s newest ambassador and will be joining Bolton in his upcoming Asian Dream tour.

    KC Global Media Asia teases a full pipeline of new series in development for launch in 2021, not only on AXN but across the other leading channels owned by the network, and in a wider variety of formats than what has previously been done. At least two are expected to hit the small screen, and even non-linear platforms, in the first quarter alone.