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Viki co-producing first original Web series with China, Korea

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SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) — The first Web-based series co-produced by South Korea, China and the United States will hit the market next year, a U.S. producer said Friday.

The global video-streaming service Viki ( said it has decided to make the original series “Dreamworld,” with the goal of releasing it in the first half of 2016.

The bilingual series – in English and Korean — will be set in Los Angeles and South Korea, and follow the daily lives of international Korean drama fans, Viki said.

The show is being co-produced by China’s Jetavana Entertainment, Korea’s EnterMedia Contents and Third Culture Content of the U.S.

The 10-part series with a running time of 20 minutes per episode shows the adventures experienced by an American college student who is a big fan of Korean TV series after getting transported to her favorite show with a touch of magic.

New-to-the-scene Australian actress Liv Hewson will take the lead role of Claire Duncan. The show will also feature Sean Richard and Justin Chon, both Korean-American actors working in Hollywood.

Auditions are under way for Korean actors to appear in the drama. Choi Siwon, a member of the popular K-pop boy group Super Junior, and actress Han Ji-min will take cameo roles.

Viki said it chose Korea as the setting for its first original series because Korean series are hugely popular on the service, representing over 30 percent of the entire number of shows seen by subscribers.


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