BTS Online Comic ‘7Fates: CHAKHO’ Hits 15 Million Views

ONLINE COMICS

“7Fates: CHAKHO”, the online comic created by the digital comics platform Webtoons, HYBE and K-pop sensation BTS, surpassed 15 million views in just two days of global launch. The title is now the most viewed title ever launched by Webtoon. “7Fates: CHAKHO” took the top spot on the new trending webtoon chart and all genre charts. South Korean boy band Hyphen“Dark Moon: The Blood Altar,” released on January 15, took second place in the new and trending charts and ranked fourth in the fantasy genre charts.

Another South Korean boy band Tomorrow X TogetherWebtoon’s “The Star Seekers” ranked third in the new trending chart on Webtoon’s English, German and Spanish services within a day of its release. The comics also got high scores from fan reviews worldwide.

BTS’ online comic collaboration with Webtoon and HYBE was revealed in November 2021.

“This project, in collaboration with HYBE, is an industry first, simultaneously releasing a webcomic and a web novel in 10 languages, with strong fan followings for all three works,” said Ken Kim, CEO, Webtoon Entertainment. “These are pop idols that fans truly adore, so we’re thrilled to see fans celebrating the dynamic storytelling and unique artwork in these webcomics and webnovels. These stories help people around the world discover webcomics and give existing webtoon users an exciting new way to imagine their favorite idols.

Cast of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”
National Theater of Scotland/Selkie Productions/Screen Scotland/Sky Arts

FOUNDRY

Main Scottish players Lorn Macdonald and Henry Pettigrew will take on the roles of Utterson and Dr. Jekyll in ‘The Levelling’ director Hope Dickson LaundryHybrid adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic short story “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. They will be supported by Tam Dean Burn, Caroline Deyga, Lois Hagerty, David Hayman, Scott Miller, Alison Peebles, Peter Singh and Ali Watts.

The adaptation will kick off as a live theatrical experience, where audiences will enter a live film set built in the atmospheric setting of Edinburgh’s historic Leith Theater on 25, 26 and 27 February 2022. After the final performance On February 27, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ will be shown live in select Scottish cinemas.

The show will then screen “live” – ​​meaning it will be played as if it were live but aired after a short delay – during the week of February 28 in UK cinemas. The footage captured during the performances will then be edited into a full feature film, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts in autumn 2023.

The project is presented by the National Theater of Scotland and Selkie Productions in association with Screen Scotland and sky arts.

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Australia/Google Australia Screen

FUNDING

Australia Screen and Google Australia revealed this year’s winners Go ahead initiative that will share A$480,000 ($347,000) in production funding. Luke Goodall and Marc Gallagher will receive a play for ‘The Followers’, a true crime spoof on a welfare cult in the Australian bush, which will be shown on the Goodall & Gallagher YouTube channel. In the “Quantum Experiments At Home” series, physicist Mithuna Yoganathan will demystify quantum mechanics and the project will be broadcast on the Looking Glass Universe YouTube channel. Saksham SharmaThe ‘Unknown Filter’ thriller series centers on a college student who goes viral on his YouTube live stream and will air on the Saksham Magic channel. Honor Wolff and Patrick Durnan SilvaThe comedy series “Hot Department: Dark Web” will explore the weirdest parts of the internet and will air on the Grouse House channel.

APPOINTMENTS

MovieRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has named Emilie Nuccio to the newly created position of Vice President of International Sales, reporting Melissa Wohl, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales. Nuccio will oversee all international transactions, be responsible for selling the FilmRise catalog and new FilmRise releases and co-productions in the international market. The executive’s previous roles have included Senior Vice President of Sales at Dynamic Television and President of International Sales at Echo Bridge.

Meanwhile, the London-based global streaming aggregator ScreenHits TV appointed former Sky Television marketing and digital director Arianna Saita as Marketing Director. Saita began his career at Sky Italia and was director of brand and content marketing, then senior vice president at Sky Germany and Austria. The executive also served Foxtel Group as brand manager.

SERIES

Victorian family adventure series ‘Dodger’ to air CBBC and BBC iPlayer of February 6. Written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, the series follows Dodger, Fagin and his gang on the tough streets of London trying to stay one step ahead of the police as they embark on their latest madcap scheme – whether it’s starring in a haunted theatre, sneaking into Madame Tussauds or pretending to be a long-lost boy.

The cast includes Christopher Eccleston, David Threlfall, Rhys Thomas, Saira Choudry, Sam C. Wilson and Billy Jenkins like Dodger. Guest stars include Colin McFarlane, Alex Kingston, James Fleet, Frances Barber, Danny John Jules, John Thomson, Tanya Reynolds, Phil Cornwell, Simon Day, Alexei Sayle, Catherine Shepherd, Samantha Spiro, Nadine Marshall, Cheryl Fergison, David Fleeshman, Julian Barratt, Andy Nyman, Paul Reynolds and Tim Downie.

“Dodger” is produced by Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Marc Freeland is an executive producer for Universal International Studios. The BBC’s editor is Amy Buscombe.

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“Dodge”
BBC/NBCUniversal International Studios

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