Country's A-list actor to produce TV series

SEOUL — South Korea’s biggest star Bae Yong-joon will produce the TV series “Dream High” as a joint venture between his Keyeast company and talent management firm JYP Entertainment.

Skein is set in a drama school and will feature the trials and tribulations of its students as they try to break into the entertainment industry. Presentation will be long on song and dance routines.

Bae will take a producer credit and participate in planning and scripting, while JYP will handle the music and train the talent. Neither Bae nor composer Park Jin-young, who heads JYP and launched superstar Rain, have yet committed to appear in the series.

Bae, who started the craze for Korean content that hit Asia thanks to his starring roles in the hit TV series “Winter Sonata” and the movie “April Snow,” has rationed his onscreen appearances and maintained a fervent popularity that defies the decline in the Korean Wave and the Korean film industry recession.

With an eye on the export markets within Asia, the two companies have greenlighted the series without a local Korean broadcaster in place. Delivery is skedded for the first half of 2010.

In September Bae and Keyeast announced plans to produce the TV drama series “Drops of God,” based on well-known Japanese comics about wine buffs.

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