The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA
), a branch of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in conjunction with the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA
) awarded DramaFever.com with the prestigious “2010 Best Business Award” as part of the annual 2010 DARI Awards
. Named after the Korean word for “bridge”, the DARI Awards recognize companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the introduction of Korean culture in the American marketplace.
DramaFever has gained widespread recognition for providing an online platform for easy access to popular primetime TV from Korea. All TV shows are subtitled in English and the site is designed entirely for Americans to enjoy and explore Korean entertainment. DramaFever is the first online American company with a groundbreaking roster of licensing agreements from all three major Korean broadcasters (MBC, SBS and KBS Media). In addition, DramaFever licenses TV shows from independent Korean production companies such as Victory Productions, JS Pictures and Group Eight. Overall, DramaFever has 21 licensing partners with plans to double that number in 2011.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work bringing Korean entertainment overseas to a new American audience,” says Suk Park, Co-Founder of DramaFever. “We always knew that American audiences would love Korean entertainment if a proper platform existed. With DramaFever, we’ve created a one-stop destination online to enjoy Korean dramas, documentaries and short films, without having to speak Korean."
The other two recipients were Kelly Lee of ABC Entertainment for Person of the Year and Stampede Management and their work with Far East Movement
for Business Partnership of the year. Past recipients of the DARI Awards include Kollaboration, YA Entertainment, CJ Entertainment America, and the William Morris Agency. KOCCA was established to effectively promote and develop the cultural industry of Korea. KOCCA is a combination of 5 organizations including the Korean Broadcasting Institute, the Korea Culture and Content Agency, the Korea Game Development and Promotion Institute, the Culture & Contents Center, and Digital Contents Business Group of the Korea SW Industry Promotion Agency.