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Tiger sinks claws into Korean content

Hong Kong-based pay-TV company Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has linked up with a South Korean producer to boost the amount of content from the country shown on its Asian channels.

Blood Thirsty Prosecutor

Blood Thirsty Prosecutor

CJ E&M will provide dramas such as Hero and Quiz From God and crime show Ten for CTE’s network Thrill and fledgling channels Kix and Kix HD.

Also covered by the agreement is Girl Killer K, a miniseries about a female assassin starring Korean singer and actress Han Groo, and thriller Blood Thirsty Prosecutor, which aired in South Korea to large audiences last year.

CTE added more mixed martial arts (MMA) content to Kix, which launched in February this year, after signing multi-year output deals with FremantleMedia Enterprises and French distrbutor Fighting Spirit.

From the former, it acquired the sixth season of Bellator Fighting Championships, featuring MMA professionals battling for the world champion crown. Fighting Spirit, meanwhile, licensed It’s Showtime, a global championship kickboxing tournament.

“With the growing popularity of mixed martial arts tournaments in Asia, we are securing two major combat promotions exclusively for Kix which, together with the current MMA programmes, will make Kix the home of combat in Asia,” said Ofanny Choi, executive VP for TV networks at CTE.

CTE was established late last year as a joint venture between Lionsgate Entertainment, Celestial Pictures and US-based investment firm Saban Capital Group.

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