Global Marketing Group founder Carlos Candal and David Ian Production’s David Ian on the stage of Cats.
For the love of theater
THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

Carlos Candal recently launched GMG Productions (GMGP), a brand-new Asia Pacific entertainment company that will present the world’s most successful theater productions throughout Southeast Asia. GMGP will focus on bringing top-quality theatrical productions, exhibitions and festivals to the region.

Candal, founder of Global Marketing Group (GMG), will lead GMGP from its existing headquarters in Manila. For over 30 years, GMG, one of the world’s largest theatrical merchandise companies, has provided the merchandise on West End, Broadway and touring shows including Cats, Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and The Lion King, as well as for artists like Eric Clapton, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.

GMGP has attracted investment and partnership from around the globe including Crossroads Live through its London-based affiliate David Ian Productions (DIP). DIP is an international producer and presenter of musical theatrical productions, and one of the largest providers of theatrical content for the Asia and mainland China markets.

In addition to DIP, GMGP’s other partners are Robert Sewell, the founder of TicketWorld and a 30-year resident of the Philippines; Richard Lewis of Limelight Productions, one of the world leaders in children’s theater; Len Gill, founder of Canada’s largest independent advertising agency Echo Advertising; and Noel Hayden, one of the world’s leading tech entrepreneurs.

Audiences in Southeast Asia can expect the best that Broadway and the West End have to offer including Matilda and School of Rock this year.

David Ian said, “We have been successfully presenting West End and Broadway shows in Asia Pacific for some years. We are excited to partner with Carlos Candal in the formation of GMGP, expanding our presence in a significant and growing market and providing a top-quality platform to the global theater industry.”

For his part, Candal said, “GMGP’s core vision and mission is to bring top-quality theatrical productions to Southeast Asia. Having been actively engaged in business in Asia for the past 30 years, I’ve seen the live entertainment market evolve significantly. This is an exciting opportunity to establish a new presenting company with David Ian and Bob Sewell to bring the highest-caliber shows to the region with our combined, long-standing relationships with the world’s leading theatrical producers.” *

 (For more information, visit www.gmg-productions.comand  @gmgproductions on Facebook and Instagram.)

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