EXCLUSIVE: We hear Paramount+ is growing Dee takes Seoul, a K-pop comedy-drama from writer Diana Snyder Ritter (young and hungry), South Korean production company CJ Entertainment and Paramount Television Studios, with Jenny Lee attached as executive producer and showrunner.
Paramount+ declined to comment.
Written by Snyder Ritter, Dee takes Seoul is a fish out of water comedy-drama that follows Dee Martinez, a struggling 20-something choreographer who is about to give up on her dreams when she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to become a choreographer for a group of promising girls. There’s just one catch…they’re a K-pop group and work forces Dee to move to South Korea. Now Dee, a Philadelphia girl with the attitude to prove it, finds herself exploring, falling in love, and dancing through Seoul.
Snyder Ritter and Lee produce with Wendy Howard Goldberg and Nadine Schiff-Rosen. CJ Entertainment produces through Paramount Television Studios.
The project brings together Snyder Ritter and Lee, who both worked on Freeform’s young and hungry. Snyder Ritter began her career on the show, which she wrote for four seasons, and Lee served as writer-co-executive producer.
More recently, Snyder Ritter has focused on development and has sold pilots to HBO, Disney and Warner Bros., as well as an original film to Freeform, a scripted podcast to Spotify and a project with content company Powderkeg. digital by Paul Feig. Snyder Ritter is replaced by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
In addition to Young and hungry, Lee wrote and produced on Starz’s Run the worldIFC Brockmire and BET Boomerang. She currently has a half-hour romantic comedy install on Netflix with Margaret Cho and Paramount, and a half-hour genre on HBO Max, and is currently working on developing her national best-selling novel for YA, Anna K. for Freeform with Melvin Mar and Jenni Konner producing. Lee is replaced by Jordan Cerf at Mosaic and Cohen Gardner Law.
Schiff-Rosen co-wrote the story and executive produced Made in America with Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson. She was also an associate producer of Red corner directed by Jon Avnet, and co-wrote the story and produced for CBS Wedding dress. President and CEO of Hope Springs Entertainment, Schiff-Rosen has several projects in various stages of development for Apple TV, Paramount, and Paramount+, among others. She is replaced by entertainment attorney Marlo Carruth.
Goldberg is a New York Times bestselling author and creative partner in the projects of her late husband, film and television producer Leonard Goldberg, as well as a noted philanthropist and patron of arts education.