TV is part of the 1st Korea-UK Creative Industries Forum
On November 7, 2013, president Park Geun-hye opened an era of collaboration between South Korea and the UK creative industries as she attended the opening ceremony of the London Korean Film Festival where ministers of culture and media of both countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). She had also attended a K-Drama Day in Paris organized by the Korean Cultural Centre and Bonjour Coree on November 3.
In response to that trip to the UK, delegates from the UK were invited to take party in the first ROK-UK Creative Industries Forum on November 20 at the National Museum of Korea. Once again, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport were helming the event, which focused on three main aspects:
- A business forum;
- A session on creative eco-systems in the digital era;
- A creative industry policy discussion.
Among the attendees were Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide – largest producer and distributor of UK TV shows and dramas – and Park Geun-su of KBS’ research institute – situating television contents in the conversation. It was with no surprise that Amanda Groom, MD of The Bridge, a strong advocate for Korea-UK TV co-productions, was also in attendance.
Of course, television was not the only area of collaboration explored as representatives from fields as diverse as animation, visual effects, education, government economy and policy and interactive media made the trip too.
We can only hope now that more contents from both countries will be exchanged and that collaborations will be plenty.