CJ ENM & Tokyo Broadcasting System form co-pro partnership

South Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM has struck a co-production partnership with Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) Group. The strategic alliance will accelerate the expansion of TBS’ content offerings for the global marketplace, as well as its shift towards digital content. The deal will see the two companies develop and produce dramas, variety shows, movies, […]

TBI Weekly: How Korea’s wave is changing course

South Korean producers and broadcasters make regular appearances in TBI news but recent deals suggest the country’s content wave could be moving in a new direction, writes Richard Middleton. The Korean wave has been lapping shores in the West for almost a decade now, most notably via K-pop bands like BTS, innovative entertainment formats such as The […]

Germany’s Tellux, Italy’s Indiana & UK’s Born Wild link with Eccho on mockumentary

CJ ENM-owned Eccho Rights has linked up with German producers Tellux Film, Indiana Production in Italy and the UK’s Born Wild on a new mockumentary series. One Euro Village has been created by Born Wild’s founder Anthony Alleyne, with co-writer Matteo Berdini, and follows events in a small, provincial Italian town that draws an influx of holiday home […]

ABC Signature names CJENM exec to work on drama development

Disney-owned production division ABC Signature has hired an exec from South Korea’s CJENM to work across its scripted development. Jiwon Park becomes VP of drama development and will work across the studio’s output for all platforms, according to US reports. She was most recently VP of series development at the Korean firm’s US-based office, CJ […]

Korea’s CJ ENM reveals $4.5bn investment in global content push

South Korean media giant CJ ENM has unveiled plans to invest more than ₩5tn ($4.5bn) in content creation over the next five years in a bid to expand its global presence. The company, which is behind global hit game show format I Can See Your Voice and Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning thriller Parasite, has already set […]

MGM & HBO Max ride the K-pop wave with new talent shows

US-based MGM Television and WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max are both looking to capitalise on the K-pop phenomenon, with two different competition shows in development. MGM Television has partnered with producer Soo-Man Lee and his Korean giant SM Entertainment to develop a K-pop competition series to recruit members for a new unit of the popular boy group […]

South Korea’s CJ ENM hires Sebastian Kim to head sales & acquisitions

South Korean media giant CJ ENM has hired Sebastian Kim as its new director for content sales and acquisitions. Kim will report to Jangho Seo, SVP of content business at the Seoul-based firm, with oversight of the company’s finished content sales, including programming picked up by global platforms such as Netflix, Viu, iQIYI and international […]

Korea’s Studio Dragon drama trio land sales & remakes

Three Korean drama series, all produced by Seoul-based Studio Dragon, are headed to Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, with a trio of remakes and sales negotiated by parent company CJ ENM. Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV has acquired the occult series The Cursed, which premiered on South Korean network TVN last year, with the show to […]

Korea’s ‘I Can See Your Voice’ format heads to France & Belgium

French broadcaster M6 and VTM in Belgium have commissioned local adaptations of the I Can See Your Voice mystery music show format. Both series are being produced by Warner Bros. International Television, with the French version shown under the title Show Me Your Voice, with comedian and actor Issa Doumbia attached to host the series when […]

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