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SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SM Entertainment Plans Talent Audition in Indonesia

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – SM Entertainment will hold auditions in Indonesia to scout talent for its “NCT” idol group project, the nation’s top entertainment agency said Wednesday. Company founder Lee Soo-man unveiled the plan for its first-ever talent audition in Indonesia at a South Korea-Indonesia business summit in Jakarta the previous day.  “Last [...]

S. Korean-Chinese Film Co-Production Called off amid THAAD Spat

S. Korean-Chinese Film Co-Production Called off amid THAAD Spat

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korea-Chinese film co-production project starring Korean actor Ha Jung-woo has been canceled apparently in the fallout from China’s anger over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD in South Korea, the actor’s talent agency said Wednesday.  “Ha was scheduled to film the [...]

Another Woman Indicted for Alleged False Rape Accusation Against JYJ’s Park

Another Woman Indicted for Alleged False Rape Accusation Against JYJ’s Park

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Another woman has been indicted on charges of a false sexual assault accusation against singer-actor Park Yu-chun, who was mired in a series of similar allegations last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.  The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said the 24-year-old defendant, identified only by her last name Song, is [...]

Director Hong Sang-Soo Confirms Romance with Actress Kim Min-Hee

Director Hong Sang-Soo Confirms Romance with Actress Kim Min-Hee

SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Award-winning Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo on Monday publicly admitted to being in a relationship with actress Kim Min-hee for the first time since media speculations on their relationship emerged last June.  “I don’t know if this is the right place to unveil this, but we’re in love. We truly [...]

Chinese Companies Plagiarize Korean Content as THAAD Woes Worsen

Chinese Companies Plagiarize Korean Content as THAAD Woes Worsen

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) – With China’s ban on Korean products intensifying over the THAAD conflict, plagiarism and unlicensed distribution of Korean television programs are becoming more common than usual.  According to local sources, three of China’s major video streaming websites – Tencent, Youku, and iQiyi – deleted all 2017 episodes of South Korean [...]

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 [...]