Deadline brings word that Emmy nominee and Barry producer/writer Jason Kim is developing a new comedy series titled Neon Machine along with rapper Tablo, SB Projects, and Amazon. SB Projects’ Scooter Braun has a multi-year first-look deal with the streamer, inked back in 2019, to develop scripted and non-scripted projects for Amazon Studios.
Neon Machine tells the tale of an out-of-left-field K-pop superstar who hits a global chord but might lose it all in the process. The series will be produced by a primarily Korean team. Executive producers for the project include Kim, Epik High leader Tablo, Braun, James Shin, and Scott Manson.
Tablo, aka Daniel Lee, is a best-selling author in the U.S. and in South Korea with the short story collection Pieces of You (purchase here) and has released 10 albums through Epik High, along with a solo album that was released in 2011. Additionally, Tablo has produced other big names in K-pop and served as a judge on the hip hop competition series Show Me the Money.
Kim’s other television credits include Love, Girls, Gracepoint, and Divorce. He is also adapting Choe Sang-Hun’s New York Times story, “Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers.”