“I haven’t laughed as hard all year, with feeling, as I have alongside this series.” – Vulture
“If you miss when Modern Family was good, try this” – New York Times
“Kim’s Convenience is a killer comedy – a finely crafted sitcom with great charm. An absolute joy to watch.” – The Globe and Mail
Vancouver, Canada (January 3, 2019) — Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce it has reached a distribution deal for the first three seasons of Kim’s Convenience with distributor Yoon & Company, who have already confirmed a Cable TV release in Korea early 2019. This high-profile partnership follows other major distribution deals for the award-winning Canadian series, including with Netflix for global streaming rights, and with Amazon for VOD rights in the United States and United Kingdom.
Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. It’s a comedy that is real, colourful and urban—a diverse landscape of people and places, with the Kim family at the heart of it all. The series stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet, Andrew Phung as Kimchee and Nicole Power as Shannon.
“All of us at Thunderbird are thrilled by the continued international interest and acclaim that Kim’s Convenience has been receiving – with our Yoon & Company distribution deal being the latest example,” remarked Jhod Cardinal, Director of Distribution, Thunderbird Entertainment. “The wit, charm and heart of the series is connecting with audiences regardless of where they live, or what language they speak.”
Season three of Kim’s Convenience is scheduled to premiere in Canada on CBC Television on January 8, 2019. A fourth season has also been green-lit. The series is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who co-created the series with Kevin White. The series is produced by Ivan Fecan, who is also the executive producer along with Choi and White.
“Kim’s Convenience has proven popular with fans at home in Canada and now around the world through our successful global streaming partnership with Netflix,” says Fecan, who is Thunderbird’s Executive Chair of the Board. “We are thrilled that this new agreement will enable Thunderbird to share this heart-warming, character-driven comedy with new audiences in Asia.”
About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.
Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.
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