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Mickey Mouse Goes Korean

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?????, ?? ???! Mickey done gone and went Korean.

The question remains, and will undoubtedly be asked by the media, "Mickey, do you like kimchi?" Anyeong Haseyo Mickey! Stemming from a deal made in May of this year, Disney and SK Telecom will launch a joint venture for Disney to provide Korean language programming for the children’s stations in Spring 2011. These will be the first Disney Channels in the world launched as a joint venture. As a part of the proposed agreement, the joint venture company plans to launch Korean-language versions of Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney Channel targeted at kids and families in South Korea. These two channels will be available in HD multiplex, as well as SD format over cable, direct-to-home and IPTV platforms and related on-demand digital media services in South Korea. This all pending regulatory approval from the Korea Communications Commission, but as long as he likes kimchi all's good. Following Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network changes to Korean programming, there will no longer be any English-speaking children’s programming in the country, except for EBS — good luck with that.

The Natori Company Looking to Expand into Korea

The NATORI Company, which for more than 30 years has been a leading luxury company in the United States, plans to expand its brand to Korea and the Asia-Pacific region. Natori, one of the most important resources for Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s, has expanded from lingerie, bras and sleepwear to ready-to-wear, eye-wear, fragrance, and home accessories. The Natori Company is now searching for the right retail partner in Korea to achieve a similar success in Korea that the firm has enjoyed in the US. You can check out their website here.

SBS-ESPN Launches in Korea

SBS and ESPN have joined forces to bring the “best of sport” to Korean TV. The joint venture was signed last month and has already launched on television around the country. ESPN makes its return to Korea after a short four-month hiatus after its contract with MBC was not renewed. SBS ESPN will air both local and international sport including English Premier League and Asian Football Confederation football, Wimbledon and Australian Open tennis, and The US Open Championship, and NCAA Basketball. Domestic sport will include Korean football, basketball and baseball. Those who were hoping for the Asian feed of ESPN will be out of luck, but there are still plenty of options on the computer to watch the best of sport in English.

Dirty Divas Done Dirt Cheap

Great music from the talented troupe of our lovely local expat ladies for a good cause This Friday, December 10th, at 10:30 p.m., the first Dirty Divas concert will be taking place at HQ Bar, in the Kyungsung University area. Six of the most beautiful and talented ladies in Busan, Violet Lea of Poko Lambro, Kelsey Smith, Angela Crebbin of One Drop East, Melanie Lenau, Andrea Miller, and Autumn Yates will be taking the stage to “purr, harmonize, and roar” for your pleasure. HQ co-owner Andrew Gamble organized the event after a previous concert where many talented singers got together and thought it would be a great idea to have an “all ladies concert.” The event doubles as a fundraiser to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Come on out and hear Busan’s best women singers do it up for charity. __________________________________________________________________ Have some news for Chevy's Corner? Send it in! [email protected]

Jeff Liebsch has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Eurobasket, Tribal Football and Yonhap News. He can be followed on Twitter at @chevybusan.

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