Crunchyroll Offers Top Korean TV Dramas from Leading North American Distributor YA Entertainment
Online Media Distribution Leader to Start Broadcasting FREEZE, SOMEDAY and ALONE IN LOVE Episodes in January 2009
San Francisco, CA (January 6, 2009) – An online distribution arrangement between Crunchyroll and YA Entertainment (YAE), brings three (3) hit Korean TV drama series, complete with English subtitles to the internet audience for free ad-supported streaming throughout North America. These YAE titles are among the first Korean TV dramas to appear on Crunchyroll alongside the website's leading collection of licensed anime content online. More information can be found on the website www.crunchyroll.com.
“We are thrilled to bring top quality Korean dramas to the passionate fanbase on Crunchyroll,” states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll, “our users have shown a strong appetite for Korean dramas and YAE's library is second to none.”
"ALONE IN LOVE, SOMEDAY and FREEZE are among the most popular titles in our collection," added Tom Larsen, President of YAE, "and we are pleased to now offer them on Crunchyroll."
ALONE IN LOVE
ALONE IN LOVE is a smart contemporary love story that dives into the complex world of love and relationships. The 16 episode series stars Son Ye-jin (SUMMER SCENT, LOVERS CONCERTO and APRIL SNOW) and Karm Woo-Sung (THE KING AND THE CLOWN - the most successful Korean film of all time).
FREEZE stars Lee Seo-Jin (DAMO, PHOENIX and SHOOT FOR THE STARS) as Joong-Won, a vampire who has spent 350 years trying to forget his lost love. Neither living nor dead, Joong-Won runs a luxurious bar with his friend and fellow vampiress E-Hwa played by Son Tae-Young (YEON GAE SOMUN).
SOMEDAY is a 16 episode Korean TV drama with a touch of animation, telling the story of three people's journey into the crazy world of love. Bae Doo-Na (THE HOST) plays Hana Yamaguchi-a successful young cartoonist. Although she writes romantic comics, she is analytical and pessimistic about love. Nicknamed the "Love Analyzer", Hana sees love as a simple biological response. But when her cartoon is discontinued, she sets off on a journey to discover what love really is.
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About YA Entertainment
YA Entertainment LLC, a home entertainment company, is the exclusive licensee and DVD publisher of popular Korean TV drama programming with English subtitles in North America. The company also provides such value-added services as the creation of packaging, subtitling, DVD authoring, design, and warehousing. The San Bruno, Calif.-based company's DVD collection is available at selected national retail chain stores as well as Amazon.com, YesAsia.com, and over 1,000 independent video and book stores. For more information, visit www.yaentertainment.com
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