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RCTI takes ‘Heart’ from Oz sudser

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Indonesia’s first local version of a Western TV soap, produced by Pearson Television Asia, launched July 23 on the RCTI web. Adapted from Australia’s long-running serial “Sons and Daughters,” “Belahan Hati” (Divided Heart) airs evenings at 6 p.m., repeating at 8.30 the following morning.

Pearson TV is shooting 200 half-hour episodes for $1 million. The ensemble cast is mostly made up of tyro thesps. “We believe in creating stars rather than using established actors who normally have tight schedules,” says Indriena Basarah, director of business development in Asia. One ep per day is lensed Monday-to-Friday at Pearson’s North Jakarta studio, using a crew of 150.

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