HOOQ, a streaming platform in Southeast Asia backed by Singapore’s Singtel launched over two years ago. As it continues to grow across the region they are now taking a page out of Amazon Studios’ book to launch a competition for its next original series. The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild “will invite Southeast Asia-based filmmakers — directors, producers or scriptwriters — to submit scripts or treatment ideas for TV shows,” according to e27.
At BroadcastAsia today in Singapore, HOOQ CEO Peter Bithos, discussed the launch of the competition, which begins on June 1st. He said they were “inspired by the early days of Amazon Studios” and are excited to bring the opportunity to content creators in Southeast Asia.
“The five best scripts will be selected and the filmmakers will be given a budget of US$30,000 each to product a pilot episode of the show, which will debut on HOOQ,” according to e27. Bithos explained at BroadcastAsia that the five will be chosen based on quality but after the five launch on HOOQ the winner that will get made into a full series will be based on views.