I’m all in for the new original Viki series Dramaworld premiering April 17th. I had the opportunity to interview Liv Hewson (Claire) and Sean Dulake (Joon Park) and briefly chat with Chris Martin (Director/Writer) and Sebastian Lee (Producer). Sean Dulake and Chris Martin worked on creating an original series that would appeal to the passionate fans of Viki from across the world. From that dream Dramaworld was born! It’s a ultimate love letter to anyone who’s a major fangirl or fanboy of a TV or Movie. You know the person who is consumed and lives to talk about their favorite rather you want to hear about it or not!
The funny series is a show within a show. Claire is a major fangirl of Joon Park a K-Drama star who she follows in every series he stars in and she’s currently consumed with ‘Taste of Love‘ a distraction from her real life of being a student who works PT in the family business. Through a zany mishap she’s transported into ‘Dramaworld‘ where she meets a fanboy played by Justin Chon (Seth) who’s a helpmate aka instagator to make sure each series goes according to plan. Boy meets girl, mishaps conspire to keep them apart and finally boy gets girl (or girl gets boy .. I am a feminist). But the meat of Dramaworld is that Taste of Love is off center and it’s not going according to plan. So it’s up to our stars to realign the stars so that love can bloom.
I was able to see the first two episodes and it’s the perfect blend of whimsy, humor and soap opera drama that transcends language (don’t worry they have subtitles). I don’t want to give anything away but it all makes sense with little throwaway lines explaining how everyone can understand each other despite speaking different languages, how Claire got to Dramaworld and it’s different than the real world.
The cast said that it was inspired by a love of Back to the Future or that it’s Narnia with the wardrobe transporting the hero to another world but I think of it as a mix of Pleasantville and Nurse Betty come to mind for me but other than that it’s a really original concept that nobody has done right in a long time.
If your in Los Angeles and got tickets for the Dramaworld premier Saturday, April 16th at the Ace Hotel Theatre than make sure you say ‘hi’. If you didn’t get your tickets it’s sold out so you’ll have to watch me interviewing cast on periscope and streamup (Cherry_LA). You’ll be able to enjoy the new Viki series on Sunday.
What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic?Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park! There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.
Viki is a global TV site with TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 200 languages by a community of avid fans. With nearly 40 million viewers each month and over one billion words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. Viki was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 and is an independent subsidiary of Japanese Internet services company Rakuten. Viki has offices in San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
About Jetavana Entertainment
Jetavana Entertainment is a pioneer domestic cultural investment company from China, engaged in film & TV drama investment, live shows, equity investment, artist management, and new media development and investment. Founded by the renowned Ivy Zhong, former president of Chinese studio Galloping Horse and producer of many successful film projects including “Eternal Moment,” “Reign of Assassins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Crossing,” “Guns and Roses” and the adventure comedy “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Jetavana Entertainment recently announced a strategic long-term co-production collaboration deal with European comic & graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc, to co-produce 8 films together, based on Humanoids’s successful library.
About EnterMedia Contents
EnterMedia Contents, a U.S. and Korea based production company founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. In 2014, they signed a first-look deal with ABC Network, and in 2015, they inked a first-look producing deal with Tomorrow ITV Studios headed by Marty Adelstein. Additionally, the production company has developed two Korean formats, “My Love From the Star” and “Good Doctor,” in the U.S. EnterMedia is also executive producing a Korean adaptation of USA Network’s “Suits.” EnterMedia is repped by WME.
About Third Culture Content
Third Culture Content, founded by Sean Dulake and Chris Martin, focuses on creating content for a more interconnected world that blends cultures together in both the digital and traditional media space. Sean Dulake has starred in numerous South Korean television dramas including “Jejungwon” and “Athena: Goddess of War,” and Chris Martin is a director and writer that has made critically acclaimed projects throughout Asia.