ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. has named ABS-CBN Head of Entertainment Production Cory Vidanes as the new head of Channel 2 Mega Manila effective last March 18. She now oversees the total channel programming, artist development, on-air operations, and overall revenue and profit delivery of Channel 2 Mega Manila.
Vidanes was ABS-CBN Head of Entertainment Production since 1996. Under her helm, soap operas "Mara Clara" and "Mula sa Puso" shot into popularity, signaling the advent of the teleserye wave on Philippine TV. She also made household names out of kontrabidas like “Madame Claudia” (Pangako Sa’yo) and established bankable love teams like that of Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual, and Claudine Barreto and Rico Yan.
A Communication Arts graduate from Ateneo de Manila University, Vidanes began her career in television with BBC- 2 in 1982. She joined ABS-CBN in 1986 as Associate Producer and she’s never looked back since. With both expertise and passion for her craft, she was appointed to various positions in the company – Executive Producer, Assistant Production Manager, Production Manager, Production Director, Head of TV Production, and finally Channel 2 Head.
Taking her place as Head of Entertainment Production is Linggit Tan, who has more than 25 years of experience in TV production. She previously served as Production Development and Control Head of TV Production.
Tan graduated cum laude from UP Diliman as a Broadcast Communication major. She started with IBC Channel 13 and had stints with RPN 9, PTV 4, GMA 7 and SBN 21. In 1993, she finally found her home in ABS-CBN, where she held various key positions in TV Production.
Other movements in the higher echelon of ABS-CBN include the appointments of Paolo Pineda as Head of ABS-CBN Business Development and Connie Nolasco Lopez as ABS-CBN Interactive Managing Director.
Pineda joined the ABS-CBN subsidiary in 2000 as its Business Development Manager. He quickly rose in the ranks as Interactive’s mobile group head in 2002 and finally, its managing director in 2005.
Nolasco-Lopez, on the other hand, started out in SkyCable as an analyst in 1995 and eventually, its corporate planning manager. She’ll best be remembered as the business unit head of ABS-CBN Interactive’s successful Video On Demand Service called TFCNow, which won the company recognition from the Wall Street Journal.