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New York’s DramaFever bring Asian dramas to American audiences

One of the small joys in life is travelling to exotic locations and watching local television. The incomprehensible melodramas, the inexplicable game shows, and the even more inexplicable talk shows… they’re addictive.

DramaFever brings Asian dramas and Latin American telenovelas to American audiences, offering freemium content on their site as well as syndicating shows to distributors like Netfilx, Hulu, and iTunes.

And their audience isn’t just homesick émigrés – 85% of their viewers are not even Asian.

“Our mission is to introduce people to new cultures,” cofounder Suk Park told us. “We believe that exposing people to foreign entertainment encourages folks to look outside their environment and explore. A lot of our demo skews young – hyperconnected millenials who want to access content beyond what’s on linear channels.”

Launched in 2009, DramaFever has grown from a couple guys working out of their apartments to a full-time team of 65, with offices in New York and Narbeth, Pennsylvania.

They’re hiring for 18 open jobs in New York – everything from engineering to digital sales – as well as paid interns. Get more information here.

And if you’re K-curious, Park recommends My Love from Another Star, in which an alien falls in love with a Korean celebrity.

Now go forth (and try something new).

Nitty Gritty:

1961: Year the first TV station launched in South Korea

1997: Year the“Korean wave” of television began

2011: Year the Chinese government banned TV dramas featuring time travel