USA's 'Suits' to Get South Korean Remake
"This deal further cements our interest in broadening our activity in the vibrant Asian market," says Yvonne Pilkington, senior vp formats & production at NBCUniversal International.
USA Network's Suits will be getting a South Korean remake, NBCUniversal International Formats said on Tuesday.
Korea's EnterMedia Pictures Co. Ltd. has bought the rights and will handle the legal drama's first international adaptation. The deal was concluded by Linfield Ng, Asia director format sales liaison, and Yvonne Pilkington, senior vp formats & production at NBCUniversal International.
The arrangement marks the company's first scripted format deal in Asia.
The Korean version will be jointly executive produced by Sebastian Dong Hun Lee and David Kim of EnterMedia Contents, who are represented by WME. Both producers were responsible for the U.S. adaptations of Korean hit series My Love From Another Star and Good Doctor.
Suits tells the story of a law associate who works for a high-profile lawyer despite never having actually attended law school. The drama debuted on USA in 2011 and is now in its fifth season.
"This deal further cements our interest in broadening our activity in the vibrant Asian market. Having recently acquired Korean non-scripted formats for international distribution [Hidden Singer and Where Are We Going, Dad?], we are excited to announce Suits Korea as our first scripted format deal in Asia," said Pilkington.
Kim, managing director of EnterMedia Pictures, said: "We are very excited for Suits and fans of the show. This will be the first-ever adaptation of this U.S. show in Korea as well as in Asia, and many U.S. scripted shows have been very popular among Korean audiences."