Viki is Going to KCON!

Viki is excited to announce that we'll be attending KCON, the first large scale K-Pop convention in the US, on Saturday October 13th at the Irvine Amphitheater. We hope you can join us, so read below to learn how you can win a pair of free tickets!

Viki is officially sponsoring the panel, "Inside Look: K-Drama," and I'm excited to have been chosen as the moderator! We will also be giving away special Viki headphones to those who attend the K-Pop DJ Contest in the evening. The conference will have booths selling K-Pop and fanclub merchandise, interesting panel discussions with celebrity guests, delicious local Korean food trucks, and even a K-Pop concert at the end featuring artists like 4minute, B.A.P, Nu'EST, EXO-M, and G.NA! You can get ready for the concert by watching all of the artists' music videos on Viki, and sing along with Karaoke lyrics.

If you want a chance to win a pair of tickets to KCON, all you have to do is take a little K-Pop quiz --> Viki's KCON K-Pop Challenge (Quiz link updated)

Test your knowledge of KCON's performing artists and their videos, and you could be chosen as the winner! The deadline to complete the quiz is Sunday, September 30th at 12:00PM PST. Good luck!

Click on the poster below to learn more about KCON. Hope to see you there!

New updates to the Private Messaging tool!

A few weeks ago, we updated the PM (Private Messaging) tool on Viki. The feedback that we received on the feature update was great -- thank you to everyone who sent us their thoughts -- and we've improved the PM tool further, based on that feedback.

In the next day or so, you'll see that your PMs have been sorted so that you can easily find messages that you've sent and received. Messages will no longer show up in one folder, but rather, your received messages will be in your inbox and your sent messages will be in your sent folder. You'll also be able to see all your unread messages in your unread messages folder!



We're always working on improving Viki, so please continue to send us your thoughts and feedback!

Channel teams totally rock. Now the whole world will know, too!

Fans of global entertainment around the world owe their thanks to Viki channel teams for their incredible dedication; they're the ones who spend countless hours helping to write and edit subtitles, decorate channels, organize teams around languages, and much more -- all for the love of the content, the community and the cause!

We want every viewer to know about the channel teams' contributions toward breaking down language barriers. Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out a new "team credits" screen, which you'll see before the start of every video that plays on viki.com and all embed and partner sites, including YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo, MSN and countless others!

More community features are coming soon. In the meantime, check out the screenshots below. :)

Channel Managers -- add your Team Name in your "Manage Channel" settings to ensure that it appears on this screen!



If the Channel Manager hasn't entered a Team Name, viewers will see a page highlighting the entire Viki community.

Filipino Shows Return to Viki

We're excited to announce that Filipino TV shows are coming back to Viki! Many more shows are coming soon, but check out these three fun shows now. They are all available to viewers worldwide.

Mars Ravelo's "Dyesebel" is a fantasy tale of a mermaid growing up in modern times. Born with fish's fins instead of legs, Dyesebel (played by award-winning actress Marian Rivera) struggles to fit in with her community and is sent to live in the sea, where a completely different society rules beneath the water.


Dyesebel the beautiful mermaid

"Amaya" is a historical epic set in the Philippines of the pre-Colonial 1500's. If you're a fan of historical dramas from Korea or Hong Kong, be sure to give this show a try and learn about the history of the Philippines before Spanish colonization.


Historical super-princess, Amays

"Darna" is an action-packed drama/fantasy series based on much-loved Filipina superhero of the same name. With a battle-ready costume even sexier than Wonderwoman from the US, Darna has powers of flight, strength, and even superhuman speed. Watch her take on evil villains and save the world!


Superhero Darna is a normal girl named "Narda" by day

This is only the beginning of the great programs that are coming to Viki, straight from the Philippines. Follow the blog or check back often for more updates!

Guest Post: The Making of a K-Pop Flash Mob

This is a guest blog post by Victoria Loi, who choreographed the flashmob at the 2NE1 concert in Los Angeles, CA on August 24th, 2012.

Only a week after performing in my first flash mob, I was called to organize a second one for 2NE1's upcoming concert. I was excited for the opportunity, and after chatting with Stephanie from Viki.com and David from KPOP United, I agreed to get things started.

At the first practice, everyone was a bit shy at first, but I focused on helping people break out of their shells and be fierce. We practiced 2-3 hours every Saturday for a month. I was able to watch this group grow, not only as individuals, but as a family. Ricky posted video tutorials on YouTube so that even dancers who couldn't make practice could learn at home.

On August 4th, the OC KPOP FLASHMOB (as we started calling ourselves) took over Diamond Jamboree Plaza. It was a hundred degrees, but they went all out. We were truly blessed to have such an amazing film crew, Matthew, Joshua, and Mark, to help cover this event. To see people grab their phones to take pictures and cheering us on was an amazing feeling.


Vi and the OC KPOP Flashmob dancers at Diamond Jamboree

Ricky and Matthew uploaded the video of our performance on YouTube for everyone to see. I loved the video, but unfortunately we received some dislikes and rude comments. I realized that there will always be people who will criticize you for no reason, but what matters is that we are a group and together we shine greater than on our own. From this experience, I’ve learned to just keep smiling and move forward. It has made me a stronger gal.

The concert day was a roller coaster. It started out with a great workshop led by K-Pop choreographer Aimee Lee Lucas, who cleaned up our dance moves and offered lots of advice. But when we arrived at Nokia Theater, we were told that for security reasons, we could not perform in the plaza. At the last minute, Stephanie from Viki.com came and saved the day. She got in touch with YG Entertainment, who gave us the okay to have the flash mob!

Even though we were ready to dance, we didn't have big enough speakers to perform. But we saw the crowd waiting for us to start and decided to perform the flash mob a capella, without music! It was unique and fun, and turned out to be a very good idea. Not only does it show that we know 2NE1’s dances, we also know [most] of the lyrics! We’re a group who doesn’t speak Korean fluently, but because we love the songs so much, the words just got implanted in our minds. We were different and memorable. Thank you Viki.com for the shirts and the headphones! I know that made me extremely happy because they’re just too cute! The entire experience was unforgettable.


Flashmob performs "I Love You" by 2NE1

After the flashmob was over, things got very exciting. People wanted to do interviews with us and take pictures with us. And we went home after the concert, we saw fancams on Youtube, our photo on 2NE1’s official FB page, and articles up on all sorts of KPOP news websites! I honestly never expected it to get this huge. The OC KPOP FLASHMOB did it!

Coordinating a flashmob isn’t easy; it can be stressful and it involves many legal and financial issues. But it was all worth it in the end. Who would’ve thought that a group of all sorts of different backgrounds, nationalities, ages, etc. would put on a performance like this? We're just a group of KPOP lovers who want to show their love for the girls of 2NE1!


 The whole group poses in front of Nokia Theater

As of right now, Ricky and I are in the process of creating a new flashmob for the BIG BANG concert happening in November of this year. If anyone is interested, please follow our twitter and subscribe to our Youtube channel. Thank you David and Stephanie from KPOP UNITED. Thank you Aimee Lee Lucas. Thank you Matthew, Joshua, and Mark. Thank you Elements of Music. Thank you Ray Lim. Thank you so much Viki.com for making this happen for us. And especially Stephanie Parker for being with us on the concert day! Your presence there really made a difference. You gave Ricky and I strength to make this happen. Thank you to all of the dancers. Without you, there’d be no flashmob. I am so proud of how far we’ve gotten and I love us! And last but not least, thank you Ricky for being my amazing partner.

OC KPOP FLASHMOB HWAITING! Remember, be fierce! Hope to see everyone as well as new faces at the next project!

-Victoria Loi

Youtube: www.youtube.com/VitaMeVi
Twitter: @VitaMeVi
Contact: vitaminviandricky@gmail.com





PRESS RELEASE: Viki Signs Exclusive Deal to Stream Revolutionary Anime Series, The Rose of Versailles, for the First Time in North America

Ground-Breaking Title by TMS Entertainment LTD
to Premiere at New York Comic Con 2012,
Streamed on Viki.com Starting December


TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO -- September 12, 2012 -- Viki, Inc., the global TV site powered by avid fans, today announced an exclusive deal with Right Stuf, Inc. to stream The Rose of Versailles, a legendary anime title produced over 30 years ago by TMS Entertainment LTD, based on the manga comic created by Riyoko Ikeda, one of the most well-known manga artists in the world, partly for her progressive characters. A sneak peek of the first episode, subtitled in English, will premiere at the New York Comic Con on October 13 with Anime News Network and anime expert and Tufts University Professor Susan Napier.


This is the first time TMS Entertainment LTD has allowed the series to be released outside of Japan, Asia and Europe and made available for English-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Canada. The 40-episode series will begin streaming on Viki in December with English subtitles. Viki launched its anime channel in March and now has over 100 anime titles from Japan’s largest licensors.


“Many companies have tried unsuccessfully for years to bring The Rose of Versailles to North America,” said Razmig Hovaghimian, Viki CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re honored TMS has entrusted Right Stuf and Viki to bring a true Japanese treasure to our fans.”


The screening will be hosted by Professor Napier, a specialist in modern anime literature and Professor of the Japanese Program at Tufts University. She is author of the groundbreaking book "Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle,” which analyzes sexuality, transgender protagonists, and femininity and masculinity in manga and anime characters.


“When Rose of Versailles burst on the scene in 1972, it was a revolutionary work in many ways,” said Professor Napier. “First of all, it really WAS a work about revolution -- the French Revolution of 1789, to be exact -- and its historical setting, psychological complexity and adult themes all signaled a new direction in the genre of manga for young girls, known as ‘shojo manga.’”


Even more “revolutionary,” however, was the introduction of a major cross-dressing character, the young woman named Oscar, who befriends and guides the hapless Marie Antoinette as the world churns around her. While much of “Versailles” is historically accurate, Oscar is Ikeda's own invention, a passionate young woman who dresses and often behaves like a man. Oscar quickly became the series’ most popular protagonist and her gender-bending role not only gave young female readers a new approach to gender and sexuality but also paved the way for the many other gender-ambiguous characters who continue to populate the world of anime today.


"I’m excited that we can work with an innovator like Viki for the online premiere of our production of The Rose of Versailles,” said Shawne Kleckner, President and CEO, Right Stuf, Inc. “Viki's audience is a great fit for this property, and we look forward to the upcoming broadcast."


About Viki
Viki is a global TV site with over 12 million monthly viewers who come to watch their favorite TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 150 languages by a community of avid fans. With over 1 billion videos viewed and nearly 250 million words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. In 2011, Viki announced $20M in Series B funding from strategic investors include BBC Worldwide and SK Planet, a subsidiary of SK Telecom; as well as from existing investors Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures and Neoteny Labs, among others.


ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. Its video and print publishing division includes the Nozomi Entertainment, Lucky Penny, and 5 Points Pictures studio- labels. Right Stuf plans to begin releasing The Rose of Versailles on DVD in Spring 2013.


ABOUT TMS ENTERTAINMENT, LTD.
TMS Entertainment, Ltd. (better known as TMS), one of the world's largest and most distinguished animation studios, has rapidly won recognition from the international filmmaking community for its highly acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality. With its headquarters situated in Tokyo under the supervision of the world's dedicated team of top development, production and design executives, TMS's growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the remarkable volume of programs the company has produced for the international markets worldwide. Established in the year 1964, TMS has produced more than 100 features, and over 100 TV programming series, in total of 8,000 half hours, for global distribution. TMS also proceeds restoration projects of the titles to keep its highest quality for next generation. TMS is proud to uphold our tradition of presenting to you unforgettable images from the finest animation produced anywhere in the world. TMS's programs have attained the worldwide recognition and we continue to strive for excellence and lead the animation world throughout the century.

Introducing Laurène from the Community Support team

Hi Everyone,

I’m Laurène, and I just joined the Viki Community Support team. I'm very excited to meet all of you! If you have questions and send in a help request, chances are that I might be responding to your request.

A few words about me: I am French and I grew up in Paris. So, if you speak French, too, consider me your personal contact here at Viki (don't worry, I also speak English, and am ready to help in English, too). Also, be on the lookout for a special new French language forum in the Help Center, where French speakers can meet, trade ideas, tips and tricks, and get assistance.

I am so impressed with all of your contributions and dedication to the Viki Community, and am very excited to be a part of the Viki family.

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Bonjour à tous,

Je m’appelle Laurène, j’ai récemment rejoins Viki Community Support et je suis heureuse de faire votre connaissance !

Si vous avez des questions et que vous nous envoyez un message à travers le « help request », il y a de grandes chances pour que vous receviez une de mes réponses.

Quelques mots à mon sujet : Je suis Française et j’ai grandi à Paris. Donc, si vous parlez français, vous pouvez me considérer comme votre contact personnel chez Viki (mais ne vous inquiétez pas je parle aussi anglais et je suis prête à aider dans les deux langues). Vous pourrez bientôt accéder au nouveau forum en Français, ou vous pourrez faire connaissance, échanger des idées, des bons plans et aussi trouver de l’aide.

Je suis vraiment impressionnée par votre contribution et dévouement à la Viki Community et je suis très impatiente de faire partie de la famille Viki.

Romantic Movies from Around the World

As we go from the heat of summer to the cool calm of Autumn, it's time to switch our movie gears to some romantic films that will touch your heart. Curl up with a blanket and someone special, and enjoy these love stories from around the world!

Rabbit & Lizard (a.k.a. "Maybe", 토끼와 리저드) is a Korean movie starring Sung Yu Ri from "Feast of the Gods" and Jang Hyuk from "Tree with the Deep Roots." Sung Yu Ri's character is May, a 26-year-old Korean-American adoptee who returns to Korea to find her real mother. Jang Hyuk is a taxi driver who takes an interest in helping May find the truth about her past, even though his rare heart condition prevents him from living a full life. This film is available worldwide except for Korea, United States, China, Japan, and Thailand.

[caption id="attachment_1742" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Jang Hyuk in "Rabbit & Lizard"[/caption]

Heart is an Indonesian story about how a girl would sacrifice for her best friend that she loves. Rachel and Farel grew up together as best friends, but when Farel falls in love with the beautiful Luna, she can't help but feel jealous of their relationship. A horrible turn of events leaves both Rachel and Luna in the hospital, where Rachel must make the most difficult choice of her life for the best friend she loves. "Heart" is available worldwide except Malaysia and Brunei.

[caption id="attachment_1741" align="aligncenter" width="315"] "Heart"[/caption]

Love Me Not features Moon Geun Young & Kim Ju Hyuk in a heartbreaking story of a con that goes wrong. Kim Ju Hyuk's character swindles women out of their fortunes, but when he lies to a blind heiress about being her long lost brother, she makes him believe that there are things more important than money. It is available worldwide except for Korea.

[caption id="attachment_1743" align="aligncenter" width="278"] Moon Geun Young in "Love Me Not"[/caption]

Love is Cinta is about the strength it takes for lovers to overcome unexpected obstacles. Ryan and Cinta have just graduated high school and Ryan is preparing to go to the United States, but a sudden tragedy leaves him unable to complete his journey. He is in love with Cinta but might not get the chance to tell her before it's too late. This film is available worldwide except for Malaysia and Brunei.

[caption id="attachment_1744" align="aligncenter" width="240"] "Love is Cinta"[/caption]

Have you seen any of these romantic movies on Viki? Tell us which one is your favorite!

Song Joong Ki Turns Bad in "Nice Guy"

It's always a treat to see our favorite light-hearted actors take on darker, more dramatic roles -- and we'll surely be treated to a fantastic performance when Song Joong Ki turns evil for upcoming drama, "The Innocent Man (a.k.a. Nice Guy)," which premieres on September 12th.

[caption id="attachment_1751" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Song Joong Ki takes revenge on Park Shi Yeon[/caption]

Whether you fell for his playful antics in Sungkyunkwan Scandal,  or his conflicted persona as King Sejong in a Tree with Deep Roots, Song Joong Ki has captivated viewers whenever he's been on screen. His handsome face and smooth (almost lyrical) delivery of lines have made him a true Hallyu star. Watch his interview about "The Innocent Man (a.k.a. Nice Guy)" and previous acting roles here on Star News.

[caption id="attachment_1748" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Song Joong Ki's interview[/caption]

In "The Innocent Man (a.k.a. Nice Guy," Song Joong Ki will play a vengeful ex-lover who seeks to destroy the life and career of the woman who left him, played by Park Shi Yeon of Coffee House. Do you think this "pretty boy" can successfully pull off a dark character in his next drama project? Catch the premiere on September 12th following the finale of Bridal Mask. This drama is available to viewers in the Americas.