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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.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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