TVING Original Series ‘Ransom’ Wins Grand Prize at 2023 New Media Content Awards

Special poster for the TeeVing Original Series Ransom [Photo credit: TeeVing].
Special poster for the TeeVing Original Series Ransom [Photo credit: TeeVing].

Ransom, which contributed to the global spread of K-content, won the grand prize at the ‘2023 New Media Content Award’…

Teevee original series took home the grand prize at the 2023 New Media Content Awards ceremony on April 16.

‘New Media Content Award’, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is held for the 6th time this year.

The New Media Content Award, now in its sixth year, is an award ceremony designed to revitalize the domestic new media content production environment by discovering and rewarding excellent video contents served on online video service platforms and media operators who have contributed to the development of the industry, and is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency. The awards are divided into a work award and a special award, with one grand prize and three excellent awards, and two special awards for media providers.

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This year’s grand prize winner, “Ransom,” is the first Korean drama to win the “Screenplay Award” at the Cannes International Series Festival in France, where it was recognized for its quality, box office, and popularity. In the first half of this year, won the Critics Award at the Sierienkamp in Germany following the Cannes Series ‘Screenplay Award’, and recently received an official invitation to the ‘Prime Time’ section of the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, expanding its influence.

In fact, when the film was invited to compete in the Cannes Series in April, major foreign media outlets interviewed expressed interest in the three-dimensional appeal of the villainous characters and the strong performances of the actors, the experimental spatial composition reminiscent of video games, and the K-content themes that penetrate capitalism. Following the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held from September 7 to 10, is expected to be released in 27 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia through Paramount+ on October 5.

Teevee also received a special award in the Media Operator category… recognizing its ability to create original content and expand its global spectrum.

Tibing also received a special award in the Media Operator category. Since its launch as an independent company in October 2020, TeeVing has laid the foundation for its rapid growth by consistently releasing mega-hit original content such as and more. In addition to this, the company has produced well-made content in various genres, including original documentaries such as “Food Chronicle,” “K-Pop Generation,” and the anime “Shinbiapart Special Edition: Joseon Exorcism Shilok,” to expand its library and meet the diverse needs of its users.

Since last year, the company has been expanding the global spectrum of its original content and increasing its industrial impact. The entertainment shows “Transit Love” and “Zero Sum Game,” which gained popularity for their fresh themes and compositions, succeeded in exporting their formats, and the representative contents “Yumi’s Cells (1,2),” “Drinker City Women (1,2),” “Island,” and “Seoul Check-In” have been released on global platforms through rights agreements, attracting the attention of users.

“We are honored to be recognized for our original content production capabilities and business competitiveness through this award,” said Yang Si-kwon, Head of Content at Teevee. “We will continue to showcase original content with quality and box office appeal, and strive to raise the profile of K-content on the international stage.”

Byun Seung-min, CEO of production company Climax Studio, said, “We are pleased to receive such a great award in the new media field, which needs to open up new markets, and it is meaningful that can contribute to promoting and spreading K-content around the world a little bit.” “We will work harder in the future, knowing that it is a support to create works that can attract good attention.”

Meanwhile, the TVING original series (directed by Jeon Woo-sung, written by Jeon Woo-sung, Choi Byung-yoon, and Kwak Jae-min, presented by Teev, produced by Climax Studio-SLL, based on the short film “Ransom” by Lee Chung-hyun) is a thriller series in which a major earthquake strikes a building where people are haggling over a “ransom” and a battle of madness ensues, and has been praised for its unconventional setting, one-take filming technique that maximizes genre pleasure, and actors such as Jin Sun-gyu, Jeon Jong-seo, and Jang Ryul. You can currently catch up on episodes 1-6 on Teevee.

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