Turner Picks Up Lee Young-ae’s Korean Drama Return ‘Saimdang’

Korea’s “Jewel In The Palace” star Lee Young-ae will return to South East Asian TV screens after her next drama series “Saimdang” was acquired by Turner International.

Turner International Asia Pacific has acquired full syndication and broadcast rights for “Saimdang,” produced by Group 8, in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

The agreement includes all distribution rights including for pay-TV, free-to-air and SVOD, and allows for broadcast as quickly as 10 minutes after the series’ initial Korean telecast. “Saimdang” is currently a working title for the now in production 30 x 60’ series which will air in 2016.

Lee takes on two roles – a university lecturer of Korean art in the present day and 16th century historical figure Shin Saimdang. The lecturer discovers the diary of Shin and unravels the secret of a mysterious portrait.

They are Lee’s first TV roles in more than a decade, since her breakout “Jewel” role in 2003. The MBC series was exported to almost 100 countries.

“This deal demonstrates Turner’s continued commitment to investing in the very best Asian content out there, said Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, in a statement. “Lee Young-ae is one of the most recognizable characters in Korean drama and there’s no doubting that ‘Saimdang’ will be a huge hit in 2016.”

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