Warner Bros has promoted two key executives of its Korean drama division. The Hollywood studio has named Suk Park and Hyun Park as Co-Heads of Production & Acquisitions for Korean Drama TV Series at Warner Bros. Entertainment. The pair joined the company in 2016 after launching digital service DramaFever, which is now owned by WB, and are responsible for acquiring and producing TV content for the Korean market, as well as licensing Korean formats for the U.S. and importing select formats such as The Mentalist into Korea. Suk is based in New York and Hyun in Seoul, and both will report jointly to Craig Hunegs, President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks and President, Business & Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group for DramaFever-related projects and Marc Gareton, Executive Vice President, APAC, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment & International Production regarding international production matters.
BBC Studios is to set up a new drama hub to seek out a new generation of British drama writers, actors, directors from working class and diverse backgrounds. The division will be run by Aysha Rafaele (left), who has been Creative Director of BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit for the past six years and has worked on series including BBC Two’s recently announced Thatcher documentary, a range of Louis Theroux documentaries and Murdered For Being Different and Murdered By My Father. Prior to joining BBC Studios, Rafaele was a commissioning editor at Channel 4 and previously director teen hit Skins. She will report to BBC Studios’ Managing Director of Scripted Nick Betts. “I’ve had several brilliant years in Factual at BBC Studios and been incredibly privileged to work with some of the very finest directing and producing talent in documentaries. I’m thrilled now to be embarking on an exhilarating new adventure. There are huge opportunities in both factual drama and the drama space more generally,” she said.
Cineflix Media is bolstering its international drama co-productions business with the hire of former Newen UK chief Julien Leroux (right). He will be based in London as SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions and will report to President Peter Emerson and will work closely with Chris Bonney, CEO Rights to acquire scripted content for distribution to all media platforms. He was previously Executive Vice President, Content Development & Sales at the UK arm of France’s Newen Group, the company behind Osmosis, Ouro, Spiral, and Witnesses. “I’m thrilled to be joining Cineflix and to be working with Peter, Chris, and the company’s in-house producers to build the scripted side of the business. This is an amazing opportunity to create ambitious partnerships with third party producers and talent. The global demand for quality drama has never been higher and I’m eager to get started on this new challenge,” said Leroux.