Japanese premium broadcaster Star Channel, which specialises mainly in foreign films and TV series, has acquired two original dramas from HBO Asia.
HBO’s original horror series Folklore (6×60’) and culinary series Food Lore (8×60’) have both been picked up by the Japanese outlet and will premiere on Star Channel and Star Channel EX later this year.
Folklore explores myths and supernatural tales from across six Asian countries – Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand – with each episode representing a modern adaptation of their folklore. The show features directors from differing Asian countries in each episode.
Food Lore explores the connection between food and the human condition across Asia. Singaporean filmmmaker Eric Khoo is the creative mind behind the series, which features directors Don Aravind (Singapore), Billy Christian (Indonesia), Takumi Saitoh (Japan), among many others.
Both shows are produced as part of a two-year partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore. The collaboration sees HBO Asia training local talent and working with Singapore’s media industry on its original productions.
HBO Asia started producing original productions in 2012 and has aired 16 to date, including award-winning series, movies and documentaries. This is the first time any of its originals has aired on Star.