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  • LEE Byung-hun Strikes Development Deal with Sony Pictures Television
  • by Pierce Conran /  Oct 23, 2017
  • Korean Superstar to Develop Original and Adapted Content for US and Korea



    Korean superstar LEE Byung-hun is looking to expand his footprint on the global marketplace after sealing a development deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to collaborate on original and adapted content destined for the American and Korean markets.

    SPT signed the deal with LEE’s talent management firm BH Entertainment, one of Korea’s top agencies. Any joint ventures that go forward, including original films, adaptation and remakes, will sport LEE’s name as a producer.

    Wayne Garvie, President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, cited the popularity of South Korean TV drama series around the world and the Korean industry’s status as an innovator and purveyor of high quality content as motivations behind the deal.

    LEE is one of Korea’s biggest stars, with local credits that include KIM Jee-woon’s A Bittersweet Life (2005) and I Saw the Devil (2010), as well as smash hits such as Masquerade (2012) and Inside Men (2015). He is currently on screens in the well-reviewed period siege drama The Fortress.

    Of course LEE is also known overseas as the significant Korean performer to break through into the US market. He has featured in several action titles, including both entries in the G.I. Joe action series, action sequel RED 2 (2013), sci-fi sequel Terminator Genisys (2015) and western remake The Magnificent Seven (2016).
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