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Irish, Welsh broadcasters team with Korean net on “The Wall”

Welsh broadcaster S4C and Irish net TG4 have teamed with South Korea’s JTV on a project that will look at communities and countries split by walls. The trio have joined forces for The Wall, ...
December 21, 2017

Welsh broadcaster S4C and Irish net TG4 have teamed with South Korea’s JTV on a project that will look at communities and countries split by walls.

The trio have joined forces for The Wall, a six-part series that examines how boundaries and barriers shape and influence lives, starting with President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexican wall and the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the most militarized place on earth.

Produced by Welsh-based Rondo Media, the series will be shot in 4K and unveiled at MIP TV in April 2018. It will be distributed worldwide by Cineflix Rights.

The project is the latest in a string of projects between Korean and European nets. Since 2014, Welsh pubcaster S4C has worked with South Korea on 16 documentaries, attracting £420,000 (US$563,010) in copro funds from the Korean Creative Agency.

These projects include the story of award-winning Vietnam war photographer Philip Jones Griffith, and the RTS-shortlisted Tears of Blood.

In January 2015 then UK department for digital, culture, media and sport secretary of state John Whittingdale inked a memorandum of understanding on the creative industries with Kim Jong-deok, from the Korean ministry of culture, sport and tourism.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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