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MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Korean networks launch US on-demand service

South Korean three largest networks – KBS, MBC and SBS – have jointly launched a subscription on-demand platform in the US. The trio has formed new SVOD service Kocowa through their joint venture KCP Global. This will offer subscribers streamed South Korean entertainment programming and K-pop shows. Shows will be made available subtitled into English […]

Korean pubcaster welcomes new CEO

Korean pubcaster KBS has formally appointed Ko Dae-young (pictured) as its new president and chief executive officer. He becomes KBS’s 22nd chief, succeeding Cho Dae-Hyun, who has completed his tenure. Ko Dae-young will remain in the role until November 2018. He first joined the organisation in 1985 as a reporter, and was named its first […]

Pioneer launches Korean JV

Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions has moved into the South Korean market by launching a joint venture with a local production company. London-based Pioneer and Seoul’s PAAN Media have come together to form Buzz Media, which will create programming for the UK, South Korean and international markets. Programming will include 4K natural history and science science, […]

CBeebies building blocks in Japan, Korea

BBC Worldwide has sealed deals with KBS in Korea and Kids Station in Japan and will launch CBeebies blocks on both channels. The agreement with KBS N, the commercial arm of Korean free-to-air broadcaster KBS, means an hour of CBeebies content will air on the KBS Kids cable channel through the week at 10am and […]

K-content: head on

The first South Korean content wave broke the country’s shows into China, Japan and across Asia. Now, a second wave is seeing the country’s drama and entertainment reaching western shores. South Korea is already a drama producing territory of note and is now aiming to build its formats and factual production markets, with western buyers […]

Korea’s KBS connects with Israel’s Gordin Cell

South Korean broadcaster KBS is to get a local version of Israeli scripted drama MICE (aka The Gordin Cell). IMTV is adapting the scripts and producing for KBS ahead of a planned launch early next year. The Korean remake will follow a pilot that is torn between family associations with North Korea and his loyalty […]

DramaFever coproducing drama with KBS

On-demand service DramaFever is coproducing a second drama with Korea’s KBS. Tomorrow’s Cantabile (aka Naeil’s Cantabile), which is based on manga Nodame Cantabile, launches in North and South America exclusively on DramaFever on October 13 subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The launch will come just 24 hours after its global debut on KBS2. Episodes will […]

Euro, Canuck nets Learn to Draw Minis

A pair of Canadian networks and three European channels have acquired an animated interstitial property from Norwegian kids TV company Earthtree Media. TV Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, PopTV in the UK, NRK in Norway and SVT in Sweden have all bought Learn to Draw Minis, a 104x1mins show featuring animated versions of cartoon […]

Three Korean content deals for BBC Worldwide

A trio of South Korean broadcast platforms have acquired programming packages from the BBC’s commercial arm. The deals with pay TV firms Hyundai Media and YTN and free-to-air TV operator KBS will see BBC Worldwide programming heading into a combined 40 million households in South Korea. BBCWW will provide content for Hyundai Media’s new factual […]