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CJ E&M to offer consulting to Chinese media


‘Grandpas Over Flowers’

After the great success of tvN reality show “Grandpas over Flowers,” CJ E&M decided to make a contract with Shanghai Media Group to offer production consulting to Chinese media.

Started in July 2013, the show, led by four 70-somethings, has created a social phenomenon that led today’s Koreans to ponder upon the meaning of travel in their lives.

In November, the broadcaster came up with another version of the show, named “Sisters over Flowers.” The spin-off featured prominent actresses of Korean entertainment scene, including Yoon Yeo-jung, Kim Ja-ok, Kim Hee-ae, and Lee Mi-yeon.

Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi joined the four women as the “big carrier” character in the show.

As tvN aired the first episode of Spain edition of “Grandpas” last week,it earned viewer ratings of 6.835 percent, which is very high for a cable TV network.

CJ E&M, the company which operates tvN, clearly stated that it is not “exporting the program format to China,” but is only offering consulting tips for programs in China, through a phone call with Korea JoongAng Daily.

Shanghai Media Group is housed under the Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group (SMEG) and is a giant media corporation that handles television and radio broadcasting. It produced the Chinese version of “Britain’s Got Talent,” “American Idol” and “Master Chef.”

By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer

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