EXCLUSIVE: Canadian prodcos Pillango Productions and Plane Footage have simply wrapped Gangnam Challenge, a brand new tween dramedy collection set on the earth of Okay-pop, with co-commissioning broadcasters CBC Youngsters and CBBC.
The ten×30’ collection, which was shot in Toronto and South Korea, is a coming-of-age story, impressed by Pillango Productions producer Sarah Haasz’s private journey. Set in Korea, Gangnam Challenge tells the story of Hannah Shin (Julia Kim Caldwell) a spirited Canadian/Korean teen with goals of turning into a Okay-pop star and connecting together with her Korean heritage. One summer season, she accepts a job as an English tutor and flies to South Korea to work at an elite Okay-pop coaching college and finally ends up getting way more than she bargained for. Hannah is tasked with tutoring one of many college’s high college students Chan-Mi, who’s proving a bit of difficult.
In a bid to win her and the opposite college students over, Hannah showcases her expertise with some impromptu performances, however as a substitute her abilities appeal to the eye of the varsity’s proprietor which ends up in the chance to develop into a pupil herself. Together with singing, dancing and Korean classes, there’s numerous drama, particularly when Hannah discovers that her father had as soon as been a Okay-pop star himself.
Developed with CBC Youngsters and produced by Pillango Productions and Plane Footage, collection co-showrunners are Haasz (Circuit Breakers) and Romeo Candido (The Subsequent Step). The collection is being produced with the monetary backing from Shaw Rocket Fund and the Canada Media Fund.
Federation Youngsters & Household is dealing with worldwide gross sales and can be presenting the collection to consumers on the upcoming Mipcom and Mipjunior markets.
The collection additionally has an authentic soundtrack composed by recording artist, songwriter, producer and musician, August Rigo, who has written songs for international abilities together with Okay-pop famous person group BTS (Black Swan and On, amassing over 1 billion views mixed on YouTube), U Smile for Justin Bieber and Gotta Be You for One Route.
“For over 30 years I wanted to tell my story as a first-generation immigrant from Korea living in Canada, who journeys to Korea to explore her roots and experiences an identity crisis both comically and dramatically, so it’s a joy to finally see this dream realised in Gangnam Project,” stated Haasz.
Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, Co-Founders of Plane Footage added: “Sarah’s personal story adds such authenticity to this project. Together with Romeo, they bring passion and creativity to this production. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside them and our friends at CBC Kids, CBBC and Federation Kids & Family.”
Marie McCann, Senior Director, Kids’s Content material, CBC Youngsters commented: “We knew right away that Gangnam Project, with its relatable coming-of-age teen drama set within the exciting world of K-pop music, is exactly what our audience is looking for. It’s been such a great experience working with our partners on this amazing creative vision, and we can’t wait to share this groundbreaking series with kids and families across Canada.”
Monica Levy, Co-Chief of Distribution, Federation Youngsters & Household added: “This is such a vibrant, heart-warming story that also embraces many tween challenges and how to overcome them. Viewers will love the catchy music and rich choreography, whilst being taken on a delightful adventure, and we can’t wait to shine a spotlight on this series during the TV market.”