The Mediaquest Group has entered into an agreement with Tito, Vic and Joey and the Dabarkads to produce content for TV5 and other Mediaquest platforms. The deal opens yet another chapter in the long-running, celebrated entertainment careers of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon,” the statement said.
Basas said she is honored that the three have agreed to work with Mediaquest Group.
“Our partnership strengthens our ability to continue to deliver the best for Filipino viewers here at home and all over the world. I’m happy that Tito, Vic, and Joey will now call TV5 their home,” said Basas.
Tito Sotto, for his part, considers this a fresh start. “Dahil sa ating mga Dabarkads na naging Kapatid, tuloy pa rin ang tuwa’t saya na aming dala,” he said.
In another post on Twitter, News5 shared a 28-second clip teasing this development.
On May 31, Tito, Vic and Joey announced their departure from TAPE, Inc., their management partners for several years.
The remaining hosts and production team of “Eat Bulaga” including Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, Maine Mendoza, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Wally Bayola, Ryan Agoncillo, and Allan K eventually followed suit.
There is no official announcement on the matter as of writing but a post on Kapamilya Online Updates seemingly confirmed this.
It read: “Sa susunod na buwan ay hindi nyo na matutunghayan ang It’s Showtime sa TV5 tuwing tanghalian. Magkakaroon na lamang ng delayed telecast sa hapon.
“Samantala patuloy natin makakasama ang It’s Showtime family tuwing tanghali sa A2z, Kapamilya Online Live, Kapamilya Channel at iWantTFC.”
Similar reports have since appeared on a number of entertainment-related new sites.
Talk about “It’s Showtime” being eased out of its current time slot on the Kapatid Network emerged following rumors about the trio’s impending transfer to TV5 subsequent to their disengagement from TAPE Inc. and GMA, May 31.
The move was made official June 7, Wednesday, with TV5’s parent company, MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., through its president and CEO Jane Basas,