Friday, October 12, 2007

And the World Inches Closer to War

Man, those Koreans don't know when to back off, do they? This may have to be settled the old fashioned way.

South Korea Soaps Winning Global Audiences, Rival Latin America

South Korean soap operas are winning global audiences and have become major rivals to Latin America's racier telenovelas, participants at an industry conference held in Spain said.

Jordanian television distributor Media Marketing and Production started buying the rights to air South Korean serials in the Arab world last year since they cause less headaches with censors, its manager Firas Al-Homoud said.

Telenovelas, as soap operas are called in South America, feature scenes that depict sex or deal with topics like homosexuality that need to be edited out by Arab television channels or else they cannot be broadcast, he said.

..."They want to reach not only the Asian market but the whole world," said Ospina, who is the editor of industry magazine TVMas.

Some smaller national channels as well as regional stations in Latin America have begun airing South Korean serial dramas.

...The South Korean soap operas that have aired in Latin America however tend to be given to producers at low cost to stations that could otherwise not afford them in an effort to open up new markets.

"It is unfair competition because who is behind these productions is the (South Korean) government," said the head of Israeli-Argentine distributor Dorimedia, Jose Escalante.

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