(April 23, 2018 – Seoul, Korea) – Suk Park and Hyun Park have been named Co-Heads of Production & Acquisitions for Korean Drama TV Series at Warner Bros. Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Craig Hunegs, President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks and President, Business & Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and Marc Gareton, Executive Vice President, APAC, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment & International Production.
Suk and Hyun Park first joined Warner Bros. in 2016, following the acquisition of their innovative streaming company, DramaFever (co-founded with Seung Bak), which is now part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In their new, broadened roles, the Park brothers are responsible for acquiring and producing TV content for the Korean market, as well as licensing Korean formats for the U.S. and importing select WBTV formats, such as “The Mentalist,” into Korea.
Suk is based in New York and Hyun in Seoul, and both will report jointly to Hunegs for DramaFever-related projects and Gareton regarding international production matters.
“Suk’s great creative taste and relationships with the top Korean production companies and talent have made DramaFever the number one destination for Korean programming in America,” Hunegs said. “With Suk’s new role further enhancing our presence in Korea and Asia, DramaFever is poised for continuing rapid growth”.
“Hyun has great strategic insight and experience, and we are thrilled that he will continue to leverage both in this expanded role,” added Gareton. “His incredible knowledge will be invaluable as we underline our commitment to local talent and local content in Korea, which now includes TV drama as well as our established film production.”
Suk Park co-founded DramaFever with Seung Bak in 2009, serving as President as the online streaming service grew from just one Korean drama series to hundreds of movies and TV shows at the point of Warner Bros. acquisition. Prior to DramaFever, Suk was Managing Director, International at publisher ZiffDavis from 2004-2008.
Hyun Park served as Vice President of DramaFever from 2012 and was focused on licensing Korean content into the service and building local partnerships. Prior to DramaFever, Hyun spent eight years at Spanish media company Grupo PRISA, rising to Deputy CEO of PRISA Internacional, the group’s international corporate development arm.
About Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN):
Founded in 2016, Warner Bros. Digital Networks is the fast-paced, growing team responsible for building and operating the Studio’s digital entertainment offerings, producing digital native content and harnessing the power of social media through Machinima. WBDN’s current direct-to-consumer-centric portfolio includes Boomerang (a partnership with Turner), DramaFever, FilmStruck (a partnership with Turner), Machinima, Stage 13, Uninterrupted (a partnership with LeBron James), Ellen Digital Ventures (a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres) and a DC-branded digital service debuting in 2018. Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ premium programming and digital offerings put fans at the center of entertainment, sports, gaming and pop culture, reaching audiences anywhere, across any platform.
About Warner Bros. International Local Productions:
Warner Bros. International Local Productions supports and nurtures local language films and local producers; producing, co-producing, acquiring and distributing local language films across Europe, Asia and South America. The division has released more than 660 titles since 2001, including co-productions such as “Kokowääh 2,” “Honig Im Kopf,” “Willkommen Bei Den Hartmanns,” “Mil-jeong,” the “Rurouni Kenshin” trilogy and “Gintama” (both live action), earning a total box office of $3bn and winning 8 Academy Awards to date. Warner Bros. International Local Productions also develops and produces local language TV programs in Asia.