TBI Weekly: What CJ ENM’s deal for Endeavor says about Korea’s burning ambition

South Korea’s CJ ENM said earlier this year that it wanted to become a global media powerhouse and now it has snapped up Endeavor Content. TBI’s Richard Middleton explores what’s next. Hollywood-based Normal People and Killing Eve coproducer Endeavor Content has grown rapidly since its formation in 2017 to become a sought after gem in the […]

Korea’s CJ ENM strikes $1bn deal for Endeavor Content

South Korean media giant CJ ENM has struck a near-$1bn deal to rapidly expand its global scripted presence by taking an 80% stake in Endeavor Content. The agreement with the prodco’s US-based owner, Endeavor Group Holding, will see the Seoul-based firm invest $775m, including a $120m contribution to Endeavor Content. The deal values the company […]

CJ ENM’s ‘I Can See Your Voice’ sells into five European countries

Five deals have been struck across Europe for local versions of hit South Korean music show I Can See Your Voice. The show will be remade in Estonia and Lithuania by Fremantle, while Silverline Media Production will produce the show in Greece. In Serbia and Croatia, Videostroj has acquired rights, with broadcaster/streamer details still under […]

News round-up: ‘Grandpa’ travels to Australia; Fauna brings ‘True’ to Turkey; Eccho shops K-drama duo

‘Grandpa’ travels to Australia National Indigenous Television (NITV), a division of SBS Australia, has acquired UK children’s series The World According To Grandpa for its new kids AVOD platform NITV Jarjums, following a deal with distributor Beyond Rights. Produced by Saffron Cherry Productions for the UK comcaster Channel 5’s Milkshake!, the series was created and […]

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 […]

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