Something Special

Korea’s MBN calls ‘Mystery Duets’ to the stage

South Korean TV network MBN has ordered a local adaptation of studio-based reality format Mystery Duets. Image9Coms, which is behind the Korean adaptation of Got Talent, will produce this version of the format, in association with Jinwoo Hwang’s Something Special, which will run for 10 weeks in a primetime slot. The show was originally produced […]

Something Special & The Gurin Company team for ‘Family Singers’ competition format

South Korean format firm Something Special has struck a co-development partnership with US-based entertainment producer and distributor The Gurin Company to create a new global competition format. The deal will see the two firms collaborate on Family Singers, a one-hour, closed-ended entertainment format, which will be brought to market at MIPTV next week. The format […]

Canada’s Media Ranch extends in Asia with Something Special pact

Format production & distribution company Media Ranch has expanded its partnership with South Korea’s Something Special. Something Special, which is founded and run by Jin Woo Hwang and InSoon Kim, has signed on to distribute Media Ranch’s format Don’t Laugh in Asia. The two companies have also partnered on Finally, It’s Mine, a competition reality format created […]

Korean Format Alliance names Something Special’s Jin Woo Hwang chairman

The Korean Format Alliance (KFA) has named former CJ ENM exec Jin Woo Hwang as chairman of the non-profit organisation. He replaces former chairman Il Joong Kim, director of SBS global production & SVP of SBS FormatEast, and will oversee the org’s mission to promote Korean format development, protect the country’s IP and and reinforce […]

Formats round-up: Noovo bring ‘Survivor’ to French-Canada; TF1 sings out for ‘That’s My Jam’; Something Special teams with MY Entertainment

Noovo bring ‘Survivor’ to French-Canada French-Canadian language channel Noovo has taken the rights to adapt the Banijay reality competition series Survivor. Network owner Bell Media is working with ToRoS productions on a local adaptation of the format, which is distributed globally by Banijay. Survivor features participants trying to survive in remote nature settings. They must […]

Korea’s Something Special & tech firm 4Dreplay link for ‘time slice video’ formats

Jin Woo Hwang’s format prodco Something Special has struck an innovative deal with a US- and Korea-based technology company to develop new formats incorporating the latter’s time slice video production software. Something Special and 4Dreplay will create non-scripted and scripted formats incorporating the company’s ‘four-dimensional time slice video production system’, which creates detailed, any-time, any-angle […]

Media Ranch sells VR dating format & partners with Something Special

Canadian format production and distribution company Media Ranch has announced multiple option deals for its VR dating format Too Shy To Date, as well as a co-development agreement with Korea’s Something Special. Media Ranch signed a multi-territory option deal with Banijay for Too Shy To Date, covering Initial for the UK, France’s Adventure Line Productions, […]

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios strikes format pact with South Korea’s Something Special

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) has struck a first-look deal with South Korea’s Something Special, the Seoul-based format production studio launched by former CJ ENM exec Jin Woo Hwang. VIS will have exclusive first-look rights to globally represent and co-develop up to 10 of Something Special’s top unscripted and factual entertainment formats, across genres including music […]