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Seoul to Hold First International TV Drama Awards

2006/08/11 | 461 views | Permalink | Source

By Chung Ah-young
Staff Reporter

Seoul will hold its first international television drama awards festival on Aug. 29.

The first Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) will be organized by the Korean Broadcasters Associations (KBA) and sponsored by the nation's major broadcasters _ KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS _ and the Korean Broadcasting Commission (KBC).

The event carries significance in that there has never been an international television program awards ceremony in the nation, although Korean soap operas have gained popularity as part of "hallyu", or Korean wave, pop frenzy in Asia.

"The event is designed to introduce foreign dramas airing in other countries and also promote Korean dramas worldwide. It promises to become a world–renowned event embracing not only Asian countries but also the United States and European countries", one of the organizers said.

A total of 105 dramas from 29 countries will compete for the awards.

"My Lovely Sam-soon" ("My Name is Kim Sam-soon") aired by MBC is nominated in the best actress category and the best miniseries.

"Emperor of The Sea" (Haesin), which portrayed the life of the heroic sea trader Changpogo in the unified Silla Kingdom era in the mid-800s, is also nominated in the best actor and best epic drama categories.

Foreign dramas such as "Desperate Housewives" from the United States, "Melanoma My Love" from Israel and Russia's "The Penal Battalion" will also be competing for awards.

Hallyu star Ryu Si-won and announcers Hwang Soo-kyong and Han Sok-joon will host the awards, while many celebrities, including actress Kim Sun-ah and actor Choi Soo-jong, will be in attendance.

Yoon Seok-ho, producer of "Winter Sonata", has been designated as head judge in the awards. The top prizewinners will be given $10,000 as well as the award.

The awards will be broadcast live by KBS at 7:55 p.m. on Aug. 29, while an opening festival will be aired by MBC on Aug. 27.

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