HBO Asia Begins Production on Comedy Series 'Sent'

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The show, which is directed by Singaporean comedian Alaric Tay, is the regional network's first at developing and producing an original comedy drama series locally.

HBO Asia has put its first original comedy drama series, Sent, into production.

Filmed in Singapore, the eight-part, half-hour-per-episode series will be directed and co-produced by Singaporean comedian Alaric Tay. The show is scheduled to air exclusively on the regional network's on-air, online and on-demand platforms in 2017.

Developed and produced in-house by HBO Asia, Sent will feature an ensemble cast of actors from Singapore and Thailand, including Haresh Tilani (Ministry of Funny), Alan Wong (Tanglin), Adrian Pang (The Blue Mansion), Carla Dunareanu (The Kitchen Musical), David Asavanond (Halfworlds) and Rosalind Pho (Light Years).

"We are thrilled to be producing HBO Asia’s first comedy drama series, a genre that is one of the perennial favorites of viewers across Asia," said Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia. "We are proud to again be collaborating with Asian talents to bring more Asian content to the global stage."

Sent follows the life of an unremarkable and meek financial compliance officer, Jay Bunani (Tilani), who has a habit of writing searing and eye-wateringly honest emails to anyone who aggravates him. After he inadvertently sends out drafts of these emails that no one was ever supposed to see, his world turns upside down.

The show is produced in partnership with the Singapore's Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).