Ji-woo-hime’s starpower brings in foreign coin
I would have thought that a Choi Ji-woo drama would have been sold to Japan months in advance, but apparently they’ve just licensed A Star’s Lover. The amount: approximately $2 million (or 27 billion won).
Broken down into episodes, that is about $100,000 per installment (with 20 episodes in all). However, the money train doesn’t end there: additional overseas contracts will bring the series an estimated $5 million in foreign revenues.
The Japanese are also looking to license the series official soundtrack, and have bid $1 million. With each additional contract, the series is raking in more money and raising its value. That’s good news in a bad economy and an industry-wide slump that has productions otherwise lowering budgets and actors cutting salaries across the board.
Long live Ji-woo-hime, eh?
Via Hankook Ilbo