Korea’s KBS faces ‘existential crisis’, warns BBC, ZDF, France TV & CBC

South Korea’s KBS faces an “existential crisis” if proposals to change its funding mechanism move ahead, according to some of the world’s biggest public broadcasters including the UK’s BBC, CBC in Canada, ZDF in Germany and France Télévisions. Around half of KBS’s revenue comes from the licence fee, which is funded via a levy on […]

ZDF, Arte, Sky & KBS snag shows from Australia’s WildBear Entertainment

Germany’s ZDF, Arte in France, European operator Sky and KBS in South Korea are among a raft of companies to have picked up shows from WildBear International, the distribution arm of Australia’s WildBear Entertainment. Extreme Snakes (2 x 60 minutes), which explores the innovative and highly flexible ways snakes survive in the extreme environments of […]

South Korean streamer Wavve unveils $900m originals plan amid global push

South Korean streamer Wavve, which was launched by local broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS with the backing of SK Telecom, is to spend almost $900m on new content and establish a studio for originals as part of a strategy to increase its global activities. The OTT service, which is formally known as Content Wavve, was established […]

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, […]

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