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Thanks ccwf for the updates. Question: Why does Gary NOT come here and share as well? Also whoever is in charge of their AZN website is LAZY. They never update it until I complain - it's happened on 3 occasions now. ie "advertising Jewel in the Palace as starting on June 27th ON SPET 12 AFTER series was over" - idiots

That really show how much they care about this target market.
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ccwf since you've had contact with Gary before can you find out from him what's going on with AZN. There's a thread about it in the General forum here and in the Korean drama forum. The AZN news coming out this week is very worrisome!
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class blockquote GL05 wrote:

The AZN news coming out this week is very worrisome!
From Jeff Yang's article, POP / AZN, [sign in to see URL].: class blockquote When asked for comment, Comcast released the following statement through spokesman Tim Fitzpatrick: "We are restructuring AZN to leverage consolidated network functions in Comcast's programming operations. As we complete this restructuring, we will continue to deliver high-quality programming for Asian Americans, and the programming and viewing experience will remain essentially unchanged."

Unchanged from what's on the air right now, that is. Which is to say, more or less what was on the air before Comcast acquired the channel. Variety shows and news from Hong Kong. Japanese animation. Soap operas from Korea. Bollywood movies. Valuable content, but nothing groundbreaking -- and nothing targeted specifically at Asian Americans. With senior managers dedicated to development and acquisitions gone, some staff members wonder what will happen once the channel runs out its string. As one employee put it, "They don't want to be seen as killing it, so they're going to let it die on the vine."
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By choosing to put the bottom line above its corporate credo of "respect[ing] and reflect[ing] the customers, communities, and cultures we serve," the company opens itself up for accusations of, at the least, hypocrisy.

"This is deeply disturbing," said Kai Yu, director of the advocacy group Asian Media Watch. "How could Brian Roberts and other Comcast execs think that reaching 4 percent of American consumers is not a compelling business case? ... Asian Americans are looking for stories that reflect the diversity and uniqueness of our culture. If the 'new' AZN is just redistributing subtitled foreign-language programs, I doubt that it will succeed. It's not like you can't get that programming already."

Fortunately, at least for now, Asian Americans have other channels to watch. The day after AZN's bleak announcement, MTV launched the second of its three "MTV World" netlets, MTV Chi. "It's sad to hear about AZN -- I'm really not sure what to say," said MTV World general manager Nusrat Durrani. "The bottom line is that we know our own strategy, we know what we're good at and we're very excited about where we are right now."

And scrappy independent ImaginAsian TV has managed to survive despite some tough hurdles -- overcoming a period of tight financing and initial resistance among cable operators to air its programming. "From our standpoint, we're doing better than we've ever done. We're riding a crest right now," says ImaginAsian entertainment CEO Mike Hong.
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But the most troubling concern may be the chilling effect this could have on current and future media for Asian American audiences. After all, if a giant like Comcast can't make a business out of providing Asian Americans with original programming, investors and advertisers might have a hard time believing that anyone can.

"It's hard not to think that this is a major blow for Asian American media," said a senior AZN staffer. "What we were doing with original programming, that was huge. ... This was the shot. The next shot may not come around for years. And it may never come around at all."


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Gary #14119]writes: class blockquote Hi all,

I'm still here, through January 20. Thanks to all of you for your support. I'll give you all the information I can between now and Jan 20.

Gary
and class blockquote Yes, Jan 20 is my last day here. Many staff will be laid off on Jan 20. The channel, however, will still be on the air, and will still air great Korean dramas subtitled in English.

Gary


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Thanks for the news ccwf. That sounds tragic. I'm afraid AZN/Comcast will put clueless people in. I remember reading from these forums and your previous contacts with him as well as Gary's posts in the other forum all the things he did to help us Korean drama fans.

I can't believe what Comcast is thinking sometimes.
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Andrew Wallenstein [url=[sign in to see URL] in the Hollywood Reporter: class blockquote To give the channel an edge in the marketplace, Comcast planned to venture into animation and original unscripted series. One such project was an adaptation of the satirical Internet cartoon "Cooleyville."

Peilin Chou, former Spike TV vp programing, was brought in as senior vp programing and production at AZN. Her job has not been eliminated, but most original projects, including "Cooley," have been aborted, sources said.

Some recent advances on the programing front will continue, including a documentary series featuring NBA star Yao Ming. But the channel now will rely most on acquired programing ranging from Korean-language dramas to films secured through an exclusive output deal AZN signed with Sony Pictures Television.


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Very interesting. Thanks for the continued news updates ccwf. That at least is some good news that they will be relying on Korean Dramas. emoticon
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In wading through all the articles on this subject, it seems the primary change is moving away from a focus on new, creative programming specifically aimed toward Asian Americans and back to entertainment product created in Korea itself—or other Asian countries (dramas, movies, etc.).

This is probably great news for C/J/K drama fans. Disappointing news for those citizens of Asian descent, or who reside in the U.S., aching for their own niche of the Asian American experience to finally be covered in the entertainment media.

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i was hoping that they'll add some filipino shows/news or something but for now im content w/ k-dramas. maybe they can add some j-dramas. that would be nice considering they have chinese and korean dramas.
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