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A+E Networks, JTBC ink formats and copro deal

A+E Networks and South Korean broadcaster JTBC have expanded their relationship by inking a new formats representation agreement. Under the terms of the deal, A+E Networks will exclusively rep the format ...
May 16, 2019

A+E Networks and South Korean broadcaster JTBC have expanded their relationship by inking a new formats representation agreement.

Under the terms of the deal, A+E Networks will exclusively rep the format rights to a number of programs from JTBC’s catalog and forthcoming lineup. Both parties will announce in the future which JTBC titles will be represented. A+E and JTBC also have plans to co-produce one Korean scripted drama and one docuseries.

The parties are currently in production on their first copro, a talk show featuring Korean pop icon CL, which is slated for a June 2019 joint premiere on Lifetime Korea and JTBC.

“This is a major component of our strategic objective we announced in 2017 which was to create and aggregate premium Korean content for representation worldwide,” said Edward Sabin (pictured), executive managing director of international at A+E Networks, in a statement.

“This partnership with A+E Networks represents an important step towards JTBC’s vision of transforming into a global content studio,” added Jeongdo Hong, president of JoongAng Media Group. “A+E Network’s international programming pedigree, as well as their innovative content productions, make A+E an exciting partner for JTBC especially at this time where we have a diverse range of global projects in development.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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