KBS drama ‘Dream High’ nominated for European award
(ANN/The Korea Herald/KBS)
“Dream High,” a Korean musical drama co-produced and
distributed by KBS was nominated on Tuesday in the youth category of Rose d’Or,
a global television festival in Switzerland.
The Korean drama was the only Asian program out of 36 nominated for one of 12
different categories at the festival in Lucerne,
which runs from May 7-10.
The drama that portrays the passion and agony of teens dreaming about becoming
stars will compete in the festival against BBC’s “Leonardo, Wing and a Prayer,”
and “You’re Not a Werewolf” by West German Broadcasting.
The BBC show is an action-packed mystery and drama series about a teenage
Leonardo da Vinci, while the German program follows a problem-solving Wolfman
who gives advice to struggling teens. More than 400 programs from around the
world were submitted for nominations.
“Recently, Korean dramas as well as K-pop are getting popular not only in Asia
but also in Europe and the Americas.
I think the jury gave higher marks because the program effectively combined the
two power factors,” Cho Dae-hyun, president of KBS Media, told The Korea Herald
at the Nominees Night in Kuala Lumpur.
KBS programs have been nominated for the Golden Rose Awards
since 2006. In 2010, two programs by KBS ― “My Too Perfect Sons” and “The
Golden Bell Challenge” ― were nominated. However, none have ever won a prize.
Cho said this year will be different because of the growing interest in K-pop
all over the world, as well as the quality and creativity of South Korean
dramas, which have matured over the years.
“The Korean entertainment industry is the one of the most competitive markets
in the world. We train actors and singers for many years to create quality
dramas as well as entertainment programs. And also we collaborate with
world-renowned experts,” Cho said.
“I know the Rose d’Or festival is putting more focus on programs from Europe
and the Americas
and hopefully it also will be the place where more Asian works can be
introduced,” he added.
“Dream High,” aired in early 2011, was produced by Bae Yong-jun, an actor who
achieved pan-Asian fame with hit drama “Winter Sonata.” Bae also starred in the
The drama features K-pop stars including Taecyeon and Wooyoung from boyband
2PM, Ham Eun-jeong from girl group T-ara and singer IU. It was also partly
produced by Park Jin-young, singer and producer for JYP Entertainment.
“Dream High,” gained a viewers’ rating of over 20 percent in Korea, and was exported to more than 20
countries in Asia and in Europe, said Cho of
KBS Media, a KBS affiliate in charge of both domestic and overseas sales of the
The drama drew attention from many Asian TV producers and managers who attended
the Rose d’Or’s Nominees Night event in Kuala Lumpur,
its first official event in Asia. The
Swiss-based festival aims to bring more Asian programs to its annual event.
“The answer is simple: Asia’s television market is the second largest in the
world and it is growing fast,” said Marc Walder, CEO of Ringier Switzerland and
is the largest media company in the country and the parent company of the Rose
Founded in 1961 in Montreux, the Rose d’Or Festival is now held in Lucerne, Switzerland,
and is one of the world’s most prestigious entertainment television festivals.
It has become a platform and a marketplace for TV professionals, producers,
managers of private and public TV stations and production companies from all
over the world.
An international jury of 50 experts selects three nominees in each category.
The winners in the 12 categories ― including comedy, sitcom, game show, live
event show and TV movie ― and the Best of 2012 will be selected by a final,