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'Island' wins best original digital drama at Asian Television Awards

By Lee Yoon-seo

Published : Jan. 14, 2024 - 17:04

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"Island" (Tving)

South Korean streaming service Tving said Sunday its original drama series "Island" notched an accolade at the 2023 Asian Television Awards, which honors production achievements in the Asian television industry annually.

According to Tving, the first part of "Island" won the award for best original digital drama series at the 28th ATA held in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

"Island," helmed by star director Park Bae-jong, who is best known for the hit film "Welcome to Dongmakgol," and starring renowned Korean actors such as Kim Nam-gil, Lee Da-hee and Cha Eun-woo, narrates the stories of characters who fight to protect the world against supernatural evils.

The 12-part drama series is based on the hit webtoon of the same name, which was serialized on Naver Webtoon from May 2016 to February 2018.

"(The series) received critical acclaim for transforming (the webtoon) into a spectacular fantasy action drama series that took place in the beautiful Jeju Island," said an official from Tving via a press release.

The first part of the drama series, which includes six episodes, was released on Tving on Dec. 30. Part two of the series, which includes the final six episodes, will be streamed on the platform starting Feb. 24.

Since its release on Amazon Prime Video, the first part of "Island" became the first Korean title to enter the top 10 list on Amazon Prime Video in 63 countries as of Sunday, according to Tving.

"We are pleased to see that Tving's original content is consistently receiving recognition at prestigious global awards ceremonies," said a Tving official.

"Going beyond creating watchable and trendy contents, we aim to expand the value of the K-content platform by producing blockbuster-level original content that captures the attention of the global fandom."