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(Infographic) The Billion-Dollar Business Behind the 'Harry Potter' Franchise

Warner Brothers knows all about fantastic profits and where to find them

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published in the United Kingdom on June 26, 1997. A year later, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone debuted in the U.S. The franchise is still going strong two decades later, as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hit theaters this ...

by Matthew McCreary  | November 20, 2018 06:00:00

What's It Like to be a TV Star or Director? Try Out with ABS-CBN Studio Experience

Visit the theme park to know if you have what it takes to make it in show business

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do on weekends, the newly-opened Studio Experience theme park at the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City may be the perfect destination for you.Built by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., the country’s leading television broadcaster by ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 27, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Here's How ABS-CBN is Tapping New Businesses to Offset Softening Ad Revenues

PH's biggest media group inaugurates country's first studio experience theme park

ABS-CBN Themed Experiences Inc. Head Maria Rosario "Cookie" Bartolome speaks to reporters during the presscon for the ABS-CBN Studio Experience launchIn a signal move by the country’s biggest broadcasting network to diversify revenue sources amid digital disruption of its advertising-driven businesses, ABS-CBN Corp. ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 01, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

When Three Visionaries Get Together: The Story Behind the Making of Goyo and Heneral Luna

Businessmen Fernando Ortigas and Eduardo Rocha recount the beginnings of their partnership with director Jerrold Tarog

Heneral Luna, a feature film that dramatizes the story of revolutionary war hero General Antonio Luna, arrived in theaters in September 2015. It started off slow at the box office, initially reflecting local audiences’ perceived aversion towards historical movies. It almost disappeared ...

by Paul John Caña  | August 25, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

15 Years and Counting: The Fabulous Story of Club Mwah

Showstopping performances from mostly gay and transgender performers are the big draw in Manila's premier entertainment venue

Nightclubs and entertainment hotspots have notoriously short lifespans. Rare is the establishment that is still standing and bringing in the crowds 10 or even five years since it opened. That makes Club Mwah, a 15-year-old events and entertainment venue that puts on ...

by Paul John Caña  | June 30, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Guess How Much Money Star Wars’ Films Have Made in the Philippines

It seems the latest owner of the movie franchise, Disney Studios, has been raking the most in the country

Star Wars films have been part of many Filipinos’ childhood, starting with the first movie in 1977 to the latest, The Last Jedi, released in December 2017. This week, a new movie set in the Star Wars universe called Solo, which focuses ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | May 24, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Guess How Much Money Pinoys Have Spent to Watch Marvel Super Hero Movies in the Past Decade

Ahead of the release of Avengers: Infinity War, let’s take stock of how much Marvel has earned in the Philippines

Before 2008, the only Marvel superheroes most people were probably familiar with were Spider-Man and the X-Men, particularly Wolverine.But that changed by the second quarter of that year when Marvel Studios released Iron Man. The film about the relatively unknown “genius, billionaire, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 25, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

How do Britney Spears’ Ticket Prices Compare to Other Performers’?

Though quite costly, tickets for the pop icon’s concert are selling well

For the first time since she debuted as a pop artist in the 1990s, Grammy-award winning artist Britney Spears is finally coming to Manila to perform this Thursday, June 15, at the Mall of Asia Arena.The demand for the pop star’s concert ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 15, 2017 11:00:00
News and Events

Just How Much Money is Britney Spears Making?

The pop music artist is 89th in Forbes’ 2017 list of the world's 100 highest-paid celebrities

Every year since 1999, Forbes magazine names the 100 highest-paid celebrities all over the world in their Celebrity 100. This year’s top 100 famous people, mostly entertainers, earned a total of $5.15 billion, according to the list released by the magazine on ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 15, 2017 11:00:00
Business Ideas

Why PH’s Top Concert Promoter Is Now Also Doing Stage Musicals

”?"We need to be continuously open to opportunities,” says Ovation Productions President Renen De Guia

Ovation Productions is bringing in the stage musical Sister Act to Manila this JuneRenen De Guia has been a concert promoter for over 35 years. As the president and CEO of Ovation Productions, he and his team have made it possible for ...

by Paul John Caña  | May 22, 2017 01:00:00
Run & Grow

How Kathy Griffin Built Her $15 Million Brand

She recognized her personal strengths early on and sought advice from other successful actors

Entrepreneurs, marketers and writers can learn a lot from comedians. They write well, they understand culture, they blend artistry and commerce and most of them have had to single-handedly build their brands from the ground up. So I jumped at the chance to interview ...

by Kelsey Humphreys  | December 03, 2016 12:00:00
News and Events

The top 10 highest paid celebrities under 30

Forbes lists the young and the richest in the world of sports and entertainment

Youth is truly one of the factors for a celebrity to reign supreme. But youth appears to play even a greater role in the stature of athletes, which was reflected on the latest list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities under 30, as ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 17, 2016 05:00:00
Startup Tips

The 7 books Bill Gates wants you to read this season

Find out what keeps this tech billionaire up all night reading.

You don’t become the world’s richest man by wasting away the day binge-watching movies online. You learn, you grow, you hustle. And you read, and a hell of a lot. Heavy reads, light reads, even breezy beach reads from time to time.We’re ...

by Kim Lachance Shandrow  | June 28, 2015 08:00:00