ONE Channel expands Korean content offering with MBC
February 1, 2023
KC Global Media, the Asian entertainment network and multi-channel operator, has announced a content partnership with Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), South Korea’s leading national broadcasting network, bringing more premium drama and variety shows to ONE. Fans can now enjoy all genres from MBC including romance fantasy series, Kokdu: Season of Deity, express within 24 hours from South Korea; popular drama series, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo; star-studded travel variety, Dopojarak: Story of Homme the K-Wanderer featuring personalities from K-pop, K-drama, fashion and sports; new variety series, United Fathers, premiering within 1 week from South Korea, as well as long running drama, Game of Witches and many more.
George Chien, Co-Founder, President and CEO of KC Global Media, said: “Our strategic long-term partnership with MBC, South Korea’s leading broadcast network and studio, stems from our shared vision in providing the best of premium entertainment from South Korea to across Asia. As we expand our Korean content offerings, fans can now look forward to a freshly curated programming with more volume and variety of the latest popular hits on ONE in 2023 and beyond.”
Young-ho Lee, Director of Global Business at MBC, said: “I am thrilled to continue connecting with our Southeast Asian fans through ONE. MBC’s collaboration with ONE, the biggest Korean Entertainment channel in Southeast Asia, will serve as a positive signal, not only for the business partnership of the two parties but also for the local media ecosystem.”
New romance fantasy series Kokdu: Season of Deity, premieres within 24 hours from South Korea, every Saturday and Sunday at 9:45pm. Starring Kim Jung Hyun (Crash Landing on You, and Best New Actor, 2017 MBC Drama Awards for The Rebel) and Im Soo Hyang (Doctor Lawyer, Top Excellence Awards winner, 2020 MBC Awards for When I was the Most Beautiful), the series is about a 99-day romance between the god of death and a clumsy doctor, who has a mysterious power to boss him around as she likes.
Fan-favourite drama series, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, premieres on February 9, Tuesdays to Fridays, at 4:20pm and from February 13, at 5:15pm on respective days. Starring Lee Sung Kyoung (Excellence in Acting for 2020 SBS Drama Awards in Dr Romantic 2) as Kim Bok Joo, a bright and hopeful female weightlifter and Nam Joo Hyuk (Twenty-Five, Twenty-One, Best New Actor, 2016 MBC Drama Awards for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo) as Jung Joon Hyung, a promising swimmer who suffers from trauma after being disqualified from his first international competition but finds himself falling for Bok Joo.
Popular travel variety show, Dopojarak: Story of Homme the K-Wanderer, will premiere on February 15, every Wednesday, at 10:30pm, featuring star-studded personalities from K-pop, K-drama, fashion and sports including Kim Jong Kook (Entertainer of the Year, 2021 SBS Entertainment Awards for Running Man and My Little Old Boy), Joo Woo Jae (Best Couple, 2022 KBS Entertainment Awards for Beat Coin), Ji Hyun Woo (DaeSang/Grand Prize, 2021 KBS Drama Awards for Young Lady and Gentleman), Noh Sang Hyun (Pachinko, Behind Every Star, Curtain Call) and Hwang Dae Heon (2022 Beijing Winter Olympics gold medalist), as they explore various countries to promote South Korean culture.
Broadcasting within 1 week from South Korea, new family reality variety series, United Fathers, premieres on February 16, on Thursdays, at 10:30pm. The series follows fathers from around the globe who are raising their children in South Korea, gather to observe and share their unique parenting style, childcare knowledge, and challenges. Hosted by celebrities Jang Yoon Jeong (Prime Minister Commendation, 2017 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards), In Gyo Jin (Best Supporting Actor, 2018 KBS Drama Awards for Feel Good to Die) and Kim Na Young (Excellence Awards, 2012 MBC Entertainment Awards for Show and Variety category).
Ongoing titles on ONE include revenge drama series, Game of Witches, shown on Mondays, at 6pm, (from February 13, it will be shown on Mondays, at 7pm). The series features a mother-daughter duo driven by revenge, starring Jang Seo Hee (Top Excellence in Acting, 2017 SBS Drama Awards for Band of Sisters), Kim Gyu Seon (School 2021, Big Mouth) and Oh Chang Seok (Best New Actor, 2013 MBC Drama Awards for Princess Aurora).
Upcoming MBC title includes the highly rated horror variety show, Midnight Horror Story, will premiere in April 2023.