Actress Lee Yoo-bi is starring in the movie "Good Neighbor", which is about the friendship between a politician who is under house arrest and an NSP (National Security Planning) agent. It is directed by Lee Hwan-kyeong with Jung Woo as the agent and Oh Dal-soo as the politician...More
The "19th Presidential Election Broadcast" rated the highest on JTBC.
According to ATAM, the first part of the "19th Presidential Election Broadcast" rated 9.38% and the second part rated 12.46%. JTBC's average viewing rate is 11.23%...More
Actor Kim Woo-bin talked about the time "Master" was being filmed in the Philippines.
In an interview with MBN, he said, "Gang Dong-won, Bae Jung-nam, Jeong Soo-gyo and I played a lot of sports during our free time in the Philippines"...More
The actress Song Yoon-ah's good deed have been revealed. MBN's talk show "Furnace" aired an episode called "The light and shadow of actresses". Three actresses featured on the show were Song Yoon-ah, Kim Ha-neul and Myung Se-bin. All three of them being the top actresses in Korea, they have shared with us the stigma and personal trials these stars have had hidden behind their dazzling career...More
Actor Oh Ji-ho talked about the hardships of making the TV show "Superman Returns".
Oh Ji-ho sat for an interview with MBN Star. He said, "Watching a child alone is very tiring"...More
Models with long legs are walking around the tube. Their height and unique appearances are their signatures.
We took a look at three former model turned actors who stand out above all others...More
Dasom mentioned the dress she wore at the Blue Dragon Awards.
She appeared in an MBN TV show with Hyeon-sook, Super Junior Kangin, Hong Jin-ho, Ye Jung-hwa, Sistar and others. MC Kim Soo-ro said, "The dress you wore at the BDA was such a big deal. Did you know it was going to be?"...More
Actor model couple, Lee Hee-joon and Lee Hye-jung are getting married
Actor Lee Hee-joon's agency BH Entertainment told MBN Star on December 4th, "Since both of them are of age to think about marriage sincerely and the relationship between the two became so strong, they've decided to get married naturally"...More
Multiple sources in broadcasting industry told MBN Star on October 2nd, ""Shine Like the Stars" co-stars, Go Won-hee, Lee Ha-yul have been dating for two months".
According to an insider, the two developed the love relationship through filming the drama. The couple were often spotted whispering to each other closely on the filming set and Go Won-hee used to visit the filming set to support even when he didn't have his own schedule on those days...More
Actor Park Yoo-hwan will appear on MBC's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "She Was Pretty".
A MBC insider revealed on the 30th via a phone interview with MBN Star that "Park Yoo-hwan will be joining the show. He will be playing a magazine reporter and the show will soon be shooting"...More
While any news about Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin's wedding has been drawing sharp attentions, the actor and actress couple's agency has confirmed their situation as of now.
On July 13th, Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin's agency Keyeast has spoken on the phone conversation with MBN Star, "We saw the news article saying the couple are considering either 27th or 29th of this month for the wedding date. However, as nothing has been confirmed, we're not in the position to say anything at this point"...More
Park Shin-hye drew a line for becoming a real reporter.
She had an interview with MBN Star and said, "I don't think I can be a real reporter if I was told to. I'm emotional so I can't deal with articles objectively"...More
Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae speaks in Seoul on Monday after winning an award from cable channel MBN...More
Seo Jun-young and Hong Ah-reum seem different behind the scenes of MBN drama "Tears of Heaven".
Hong Ah-reum and Seo Jun-young take on the roles of Yoon Cha-yeong who was abandoned by her parents and Lee Ki-hyeon as well as Cha Seong-tan, who grew up in the same orphanage as Yoon Cha-yeong but also have no memory of his past. On the tenth episode, Yoon Cha-yeong looked at Lee Ki-hyeon who was treating her hand and saw the images of Cha Seong-tan...More
Added new teaser videos, stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Tears of Heaven"...More
Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa delivers her acceptance speech after being named MBN Sportswoman of the Year in Seoul on Tuesday...More
K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "A Mere Life": Bak Il-rae dreams of a better life for his family but is cheated out of his entire family savings. In deep despair, Il-rae feeds pesticides to his son and wife and attempts to commit suicide. He fails and becomes the sole survivor. (09/26)
★★★★ "Act": Dong-hyeok is a married man who falls in love with his student Yeon-mi. His wife then invites her into their house and pretends not to know the truth. (09/26)...More
Smart Tech! Smart Life! Smart Korea!, The "Smart M Tech Show 2013"
The "Smart M Tech Show 2013" was held at the COEX in Seoul, from June 18 to 20. The event was hosted by Maeil Kyungjae and MBN. The "Smart M Tech Show" showcased a number of devices based on smart technology that promote smart lifestyles and improve the quality of our lives.
The "Smart M Tech Show" was comprised of four sections-the "Smart Work/Mobile Office Fair", the "Smart Learning Korea – Educational IT Solution Fair", the "NFC, Smart Card & Payment Fair", and the "Smart Life Show"...More
Korean drama of the week "What's Up" (2011)
Directed by Jang Mi-ja-I, Song Ji-won
Written by Song Ji-na
Network : mbn
With Jang Hee-jin, Daesung, Lim Ju-eun, Lim Ju-hwan, Oh Man-seok, Kim Ji-won,...
2S episodes - Sat, Sun 23:00
Equal parts dark and uplifting, this compelling drama follows the lives of six freshmen as they cross paths and come together during the most important time of their lives. Jang Jae Hun is a high school dropout who roams the streets at night with his dubious best friends. He accidentally causes an accident that leads to the death of a stranger, who turns out to be singer Park Tae Hee's father...More
I love to share photos with my friends, but I'm often faced with a difficult choice: Do I upload to Instagram or Kakao Story? For my friends in the U.S., Instagram is the way to go. For my friends in Korea, it's Kakao Story, no questions asked.
So how does Korea's number one photo-sharing app stack up to the American competition? Read on to find out.
Kakao Story was first launched in March 2010. It's connected to the Kakao Talk app, which was the driving force behind Kakao Story's explosive popularity. The app reached 8 million users within four months of its launch and is now in the pockets of 28 million users in Korea and abroad – Kakao Story is available in both English and Korean...More
The foreign markets have their attention on Jo Jeong-seok.
His agency told News N, "Jo Jeong-seok is currently one many are eyeing for foreign advertisements"...More
Korean drama starting today 2012/08/10 in Korea "Knock"...More
Added trailer, first images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Knock"...More
Actress Park Soo-jin has been cast for the MBN summer special TV movie "Natural Burials".
Double M Entertainment said, "This is Soo-jin's first scary flick since her debut. She should come out with something different than before"...More
By Jang Su-hee
In 2002, an estimated 57 million people died worldwide. As the number two cause of death followed by cardiovascular disease, 5.5 million people died of stroke or another form of cerebrovascular diseases (WHO, 2002).
In some Korean hospitals, almost 40% of in-patients are stroke patients. In Korea, between the years of 2000 to 2010, the number one cause of death was cancer followed by cerebrovascular diseases (Statistics Korea). The number of death by cerebrovascular diseases has decreased by 2010 from a decade earlier; in year 2000, it was 785.3 out of every 100,000 deaths in a year whereas in 2010, it came down to 409.4 in every 100,000 deaths. Still, the number is hard to ignore.
Stroke in Korean is called "joong poong", it means "attack by the wind". The name gives away a hint; the primary cause of stroke in Korean medicine is the wind; that which by nature is dynamic and ever-changing...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Knock"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Girls' Generation (SNSD)
SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.
South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More
By Yun Suh-young
Is the recent outburst of plagiarism cases evidence of Korea's numbness to the crime or is it proof that society here is becoming more transparent?
Both apparently, as the act had, until now, not been considered a crime and was left unrecognized if one cleverly managed to hide it away. Not anymore.
Yeom Dong-yeol, a lawmaker-elect of the ruling Saenuri Party, is under attack for allegedly plagiarizing his dissertation, following the plagiarism scandal involving International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Moon Dae-sung who quit the party a few days earlier...More
Added trailer, stills and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Shady Family"...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Shady Family"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Comedian Jo Hye-ryun, 42, is reported to have divorced her common husband on Wednesday, embarrassing her fans.
"It's correct that Jo has come to an end of her 13-year marriage by mutual consent with her husband", said a spokesman of her management agency Thursday. "Irreconcilable differences" are cited as the major reason for the divorce...More
Lim Ju-eun and Sung Hyuk's relationship status is a hot topic once again.
The two started seeing each other in February this year after meeting for the first time in November 2009 during the drama "What's Up"...More
General Service Channel MBN notified the poor start off of drama "Can Love Become Money".
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the first episode of MBN weekend drama "Can Love Become Money" rated 0.443%. It's usually a good job if a GSC drama hits 1% but this isn't even half of it...More
Eom Ji-won's transformation into a vigorous and determined girl is an issue.
Eom Ji-won transformed into a vigorous yet transparent doenjang girl Yoon Da-ran on the first episode of the MBN drama "Can Love Become Money" on the 3rd...More
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Earlier this month, on February 11, South Korean singer, actor, and mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. ROK Army Private First Class JiHoon Jung) completed four months of service in the Republic of Korea military. In those four months, he has established himself as a serious super soldier at one of the toughest training camps (near the DMZ), as more physically fit than recruits ten years his junior, and as a loyal squadron leader and top sharpshooter of the 5th Division. No one can say he has used his celebrity and taken the easy road when it comes to doing his duty for his country.
Rain has never taken the easy road at anything. He's always taken the one he knew was right, worked very hard, and weathered whatever storm it may have entailed...More
Actor Yeon Jung-hoon revealed that he didn't watch the MBC drama "The Sun and the Moon", which his wife Han Ga-in is currently starring in.
He mentioned this at the press preview of the MBN weekend drama, "Can Love Be Money?" on February 27th in Seoul...More
Actor Lee Soo-hyuk's graduation pictures have been revealed.
Lee Soo-hyuk displayed beauty Just Like Today. He had fair complexion with clear features and even a little cuteness. His middle school pictures show his unique charisma as well...More
Actor Yeon Jung-hoon (34) has been cast for MBN drama "For The Emperor".
This drama tells the love story of young CEO Ma In-tak, who values only money, and Yoon Da-ran, who lives a hard life...More
(Above picture: Protesters urge lawmakers to settle the conditions for the new channels under the media representative bill in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul, on Dec. 28. / Yonhap)
Just as in any turf war, a clear hierarchy exists among TV channels. KBS, MBC and SBS are indisputably placed higher than any cable channels. So far and for the near future, the new comprehensive programming channels affiliated with Korea's major dailies are likely to remain at the bottom, for viewers and aspiring media personas.
After much fanfare and controversy, four TV channels began service on Dec. 1. After a month, their overall ratings remain under 1 percent. According to a rating survey institute TNmS, the average rating for December was 0.42 percent for jTBC, 0.34 for MBN, 0.32 for TV Chosun and 0.30 for Channel A...More
The first real snow hit Seoul and its surrounding cities Friday night and with it came the promise of a white Christmas here in Korea. The cold weather and icy streets didn't stop the Christmas crowds from occupying the Bupyeong shopping hub as last minute gifts were sort after at the cost of numbness and muddy shoes. Besides the popular shopping chains that get all the limelight, Bupyeong also has tradition markets shadowing its more modern counterpart. Just slip down an alley and you'll soon find yourself wandering them and forgetting what exactly you came there for...More
General S=service channel JTBC's drama "Fermented Family" succeeded in rebounding.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 15th, the December 14th episode of "Fermented Family" rated 1.222%. This is 0.544% higher than the previous 0.678%...More
JTBC drama "Queen Insoo", which maintained a 1% rating for a while, is now dropping.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 12th report, JTBC drama "Queen Insoo" rated 0.892% of the national average, showing a decrease from the episode on December 10th, when it got 1.064%...More
It seems as though it isn't easy for general service programs to exceed 1%.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the December 8th episode of JTBC's "Fermented Family" rated 0.678%. This is 0.885% less than the first episode's 1.563% and even lower than the 0.980% attained by "Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats", which aired in the afternoon on the same day...More
"Fermented Family" had an exciting start with an acceptable viewing percentage for a general service program.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research's December 8th report, the first episode of JTBC drama "Fermented Family" on December 7th collected 1.563% of viewers. This was the best percentage among all general service channel programs...More
JTBC current affairs program "Exploration Code J" is aired every Sunday Night at 11:20PM. JTBC programs swept the 1 ~ 4th rank on the fourth. 3 of the programs managed to pull of 1% which is considered the 'point of success'. No other programs in other channels have done that yet.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 4th "TBC Memory Trip - Part 1" rated 1.345%...More
General service channel MBN's weekend drama "What's Up" didn't keep to its time schedule.
The first episode of "What's Up" was aired instead of the second episode like it was supposed to originally, at 2PM...More
TV Chosun (Daily Chosun), JTBC (Daily Joong Ang), Channel A (Daily Dong A) and MBN (Mae Il Economy) opened all channels on the 1st of December but none of them could collect more than 1% of viewers.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on December 2nd, all four channels were below 1% except for one program; JTBC "News 10" rated 1.215%...More
Four comprehensive programming TV channels and one news-only channel were launched in South Korea on Thursday.
The four TV channels are JoongAng Daily's JTBC, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun, Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A and Maeil Business Newspaper's MBN. The all-news cable channel is "news Y" of Yonhap news agency...More
Big Bang's Daesung started moving again.
He is going to be attending the press preview of the MBN special weekend drama "What's Up" on the 6th of December....More
Added the upcoming Korean sitcom "Vampire Idol"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly...More
Coming back with general service channel dramas.
All those actors and actresses who were in theaters are now returning to TV...More
Big Bang member Daesung who was involved in a car accident in May and had to stop all activities will return with general service channel MBN drama "What's Up".
Starting in December, he has been cast for the main role in MBN weekend drama "What's Up"....More
What is the first thing on our mind when we hear "supernatural"? Wizards? Magical powers? None of them belong, in fact, to the world of "supernatural" or "overnatural" as I prefer to call it. The difference is huge. "Supernatural" depicts some extra amount added to the existing "natural" base (as in super-computer, it's still computer nonetheless), but "overnatural" is some kind of transgression. It stays with a distance from the natural, and it may or may not have few common places. I don't jump into the groundbreaking conclusion after seeing trailer to one movie. That would be as wise as judge Kdramaland after seeing only one episode of some drama. I read hundreds of sources, to tell the truth. And no, Gandalf doesn't belong to "supernatural". Magic is something different. Magic encompasses supernatural but it doesn't own it...More
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move.
First target: star broadcast TV producer
General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch...More
Han Ye-seul and Eric Moon atre currently in the KBS 2TV drama "Spy MyeongWol".
Kang Woo (Eric Moon) goes into hiding in the mountains in search of an unknown person. Having received a mission to seduce him and marry him within 3 months then return him to the North, spy Myeong-wol (Han Ye-seul) follows him into the mountains and pretends to run into him....More
By Kim Tong-hyung
The country just took a significant step toward unplugging the Big Media by gift-wrapping major newspapers an entry into the television business. It bears further watching how the new cable television stations will compete in what is already a cut-throat broadcasting scene, although it's assured that Darwinism will be ruthlessly in action in the media market in 2011.
The Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo and Dong-A Ilbo, the country's three biggest dailies, and Maeil Economic Daily, the leading business newspaper, landed the licenses for "comprehensive programming" channels, which will produce and broadcast original news content as well as entertainment, sports and documentary programs.
Yonhap News, the state-run wire agency, edged four other rivals for the rights to operate a news-only channel to complement YTN. Maeil Economic Daily will retire MBN, its existing cable news channel, as regulators won't permit the newspaper to hold both comprehensive and news-only channels.
It is expected that the new channels will see its debut sometime during the latter half of this year.
The ongoing media consolidation is at the core of an ambitious attempt by the Lee Myung-bak government to deregulate the media marketplace, which started last year by removing the country's traditional cross-ownership bar that prevented one corporation from owning newspapers and television stations at the...More
By Kim Tong-hyung
The country's major newspapers became winners, Friday, of an intense contest over the licenses to operate new cable television stations, an essential part of the Lee Myung-bak government's aspirations to deregulate the media industry.
The Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo and Dong-A Ilbo, Korea's three biggest dailies, and the Maeil Economic Daily, a leading local business newspaper, landed the rights to operate "comprehensive programming" channels, which are to provide original news content on top of entertainment programs, sports broadcasts and documentaries.
Yonhap News, the state-run wire agency, edged four competitors to acquire a license to operate a news-only channel to complement YTN. The Maeil Economic Daily will soon retire MBN, its existing cable news channel, as regulators won't allow the group to operate it along with its new comprehensive programming channel.
The five new cable channels are expected to debut sometime during the latter half of this year.
The Korea Economic Daily and cable industry heavyweight Taekwang Group were the other companies that had been in contention for comprehensive programming channels, while Herald Media, Money Today, Seoul Newspaper and CBS had been in play for the news-only channels.
The winning bids were announced after a week-long review process by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), which formed a panel of 14 experts picked from the fields of broadcasting, economics, business management, law...More
4 newspapers in all-or-nothing fight for cable channel licenses to secure next business model
By Kim Tong-hyung
President Lee Myung-bak is aiming for a drastic change in the current mass media structure in two ways ― the creation of mega-media groups encompassing newspapers and television channels and the privatization of KBS and MBC.
For whatever reason Lee is determined and one of the most considerable changes is on the horizon ― picking winners among the established newspaper companies to establish two new "comprehensive" TV channels.
Although there are pros and cons regarding the profitability of such new channels, three big newspapers ― Chosun, Joongang and Donga all controlled by a major stakeholder ― as well as Maeil Business Daily hope that this opportunity will provide them with a new business model that will take them beyond what is widely seen as the impending demise of print news media.
The government has been pushing an ambitious plan to deregulate the media industry during the past two years, eliminating the traditional ban on media cross-ownership, which prevented a single company from owning both a newspaper and a television station.
The ownership restrictions involving television stations were eased to lure bigger companies to invest in the broadcasting sector. Previously, only companies with less than 3 trillion won (about $2.6 billion) in assets were able to own television news channels, but the revision of the broadcasting law last year raised the ceiling to 10 trillion won.
Critics are concerned that the compromised diversity in media ownership could hurt discourse, especially when they see the line between profit and reporting becoming blurry at traditional news organizations in a tightening advertising market.
In response, government officials maintain that deregulation is critical for the growth of the media industry and to enable the creation of globally-competitive companies that could hold their own against the likes of Disney and Fox.
But it doesn't appear that Korea will be getting its own Rupert Murdoch anytime soon, as the country's corporate heavyweights don't seem convinced that a full-blown television operation could turn into a golden goose.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the country's converged regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications, will allocate an undetermined number of licenses for new cable channels, allowing them to provide comprehensive programming including news and entertainment, by the end of the y...More
By Lee Tae-hoon
Lawmakers criticized public broadcaster KTV over its lack of popular appeal, Monday, saying that tens of millions of dollars are wasted by the state policy promotion agency.
The viewer rating of the 10 year-old channel in 2008 stood at a mere 0.069 percent, much lower than the industry average of 0.161 percent, according to independent lawmaker Song Hun-suk.
"Taxpayers' precious money has been poured into the station. Yet, its outcome has been completely devastating", Song said.
"KTV, whose operating costs reached 20.2 billion won ($17.2 million) last year, must improve its management and broaden its appeal to the public".
Rep. Han Sun-kyo of the governing Grand National Party also criticized KTV for its poor rating, saying the station does not have its own identity or appealing shows.
U1 Media ( http://www.u1media.com ), a terrestrial DMB company, revamps its fall program and comes to us with new contents and programs on Sep. 11.
"We reduced the amount of programs produced inside and increased collaborate programs", said U1 Media. "We will offer many new programs based on low-cost and high-efficiency".
Some of the newly introduced collaborate programs include 'U1-MBN News', a joint-production between News Channel MBN and U1 Media (everyday 12 PM and 5 PM)',The 100 Wor...More
by Mun-Myung Hu
Audiences will rave over the masterfully acted-out Korean movie, "Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family
"). Go Doo-shim
(playing Mu-shin) who looks after the children of her ex-husband's, Moon So-ri
(playing Mi-ra), who takes care of her older sister-in-law, Gong Hyo-jin
(Seon-gyeong) who doesn't respond to her mother's love but has a generous heart herself: these are all women who are dish out love indiscriminately. And the core of this love fest is actress Kim Hye-wook (49).
There are some actors who are better known for their image than their names, and she is one of them. Some may not recognize her name, but one glimpse and they in...More