L.A.'S Koreatown Cool
2:00 AM PDT 7/17/2012 by Gary Baum
From Seth MacFarlane's karaoke spot to Demi Lovato's spa refuge, the area west of downtown is suddenly a hot scene for food, nightlife and those chauffeurs who drive you home (seriously).
Up-all-night, anything-goes Koreatown, where Los Angeles laws always seem a little looser, is ready for its zeitgeist-tapping close-up. On July 11, Electus chairman Ben Silverman's just-launched YouTube channel Loud debuted K-Town, a Jersey Shore-inspired series that follows a party-hardy group of eight Korean-Americans (yes, there's drink-throwing) in the glitzy, sometimes-gritty neighborhood between Hancock Park and downtown. The show's producers include former MTV executives Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, as well as Tyrese Gibson. "It's a really cool subculture that we haven't seen in mainstream media," says Silverman. Adds Gateley of the program, "Now you get to be a fly on the wall."