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Broadcasting Agency Chief Vows Efforts to Spread ‘Hallyu’ in Islamic Countries

Broadcasting Agency Chief Vows Efforts to Spread ‘Hallyu’ in Islamic Countries

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The head of South Korea’s broadcasting watchdog body vowed to help expand exports of local TV dramas to Islamic countries to make up for restrictions imposed by China on entertainment content.  “China accounts for a third of South Korea’s exports of broadcasting content, but this sectors is currently not [...]

Taiwanese President Pledges to Support Local Film Industry after Megahit Korean TV Series

Taiwanese President Pledges to Support Local Film Industry after Megahit Korean TV Series

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s recent commitment to nurture the local motion picture industry comes after a TV series by tvN, Guardia: The Lonely and Great God (also referred to as “Goblin”), became a major hit on Taiwanese television.  During a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, President Tsai emphasized the importance [...]

Korean Wave Falls Victim to China’s Retaliatoin Measures over THAAD Row

Korean Wave Falls Victim to China’s Retaliatoin Measures over THAAD Row

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s cultural and entertainment industries have been walking on thin ice for the past few months, as signs have continued to emerge that Beijing is going after Korea’s entertainers in protest of Seoul’s decision to bring in an American missile shield. On Tuesday, soprano Sumi Jo confirmed what [...]

‘Running Man’ in Quandary over Casting Controversy

‘Running Man’ in Quandary over Casting Controversy

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – “Running Man,” a South Korean variety show enjoying pan-Asia popularity, hit a snag this week following revelations its producers failed to properly communicate their plans with the cast.  On Wednesday, SBS TV announced that Kang Ho-dong, a popular show host and former traditional Korean wrestling champion, would join the [...]

Exports of Hallyu Goods Dip on THAAD Row With China

Exports of Hallyu Goods Dip on THAAD Row With China

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean exports of its pop culture products have been on the wane in recent months, central bank data showed Monday, as major importer China seems to be toughening regulations due apparently to Seoul’s decision to deploy a U.S. missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula.  According to the [...]

Korean Film ‘Train to Busan’ to Be Remade in English

Korean Film ‘Train to Busan’ to Be Remade in English

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The popular Korean action film “Train to Busan” will be remade in English, its distributor said Thursday.  NEW said the film’s remake right was sold to France’s Gaumont Film Company, a major global film studio behind such hit films as “Leon,” “The Fifth Element” and “Point Blank.”  “We are [...]