Friday, August 23, 2013

[Article] Kim Hyun Joong 김현중 Variety Show “Cool Kiz on the Block” Sold to Japan

From clockwise from top left, KBS’s sports variety show “Cool Kiz on the Block” cast actor Lee Ji-hoon, athlete Lee Man-gi, actor Lee Jong-su, TVXQ!’s Max Changmin, TV host Kang Ho-dong, singer John Park, Big Star’s FeelDog, 2PM’s Chansung, comedian Lee Su-geun, and actor Cho Dal-hwan. [KBS]

KBS’s sports variety show “Cool Kiz on the Block” is making its way to meet Japanese audience. An official with the show’s promoter Dramatic Talk told TenAsia over the phone on Wednesday that they will soon finalize the contract for selling 24 episodes to Japan, four of which have not hit the Korean television yet.

While it usually takes a year for most talked-about entertainment programs or its formats to be sold to other countries, it is rare for an entertainment program to be exported merely after four months since its run, the official added.

Several media outlets gave the credit to the show’s regular and TVXQ! member Max Changmin’s great popularity in Japan, which empowered the group to have concert in the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama as the first-ever foreign artist.

However, it was explained that the idol star was not the decisive reason although K-pop stars’s appearance on the show including John Park and 2PM’s Chansung have helped the show to earn recognition, which is also a nice opportunity for them to be recognized aside from singing.

Industry insiders say that broadcasting companies will gain more profit by exporting their entertainment programs to different countries, as variety shows have lower production coast compared to TV dramas.

Meanwhile, the “Cool Kiz” members are currently taking on the challenge of badminton where Kim Hyun Joong made his first guest appearance on yesterday’s episode. He will be on the show until next Tuesday.
The show, which premiered on April 9, goes on air at 11:10 p.m. KST every Tuesday.


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