Disney+ Is Venturing Into the World of K-Dramas


 Disney+ is relatively new as a streaming service that debuted two years ago. On Oct.13, Disney revealed its list of upcoming Asia-Pacific films and TV shows. Part of the company’s new venture is Korean dramas. Disney+ already has multiple K-dramas ready to be streamed for the rest of 2021 into 2022 and an original documentary.

K-drama fans might be shocked to learn the K-dramas included in the list were debuted to the public months ago. One of the dramas stars D.P. lead actor Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo for Snowdrop. With Squid Game’s popularity and Korean culture becoming a global sensation, Disney+ plans to capitalize on the phenomenon.

Jung Hae-in and Jisoo for Disney+ K-drama 'Snowdrop' dancing in spotlight

Disney is combing global resources with the best content creators

Disney’s dive into K-dramas and Asia Pacific content comes from the popularity influx it has seen over the past few years. The company detailed the upcoming original content will include drama, comedy, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, crime, and horror to variety shows. Disney will even develop their own documentaries and animes. The content will come from South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Greater China. With the global success of Squid Game, it proved K-dramas are a worthwhile investment.

According to Deadline, Luke Kang, president of Disney Asia Pacific, explains Disney’s shift to Asian content. “With over-the-top services going mainstream, emergence of world-class content from Asia Pacific, and rising consumer sophistication, we believe that this is the right time for us to deepen our collaboration with the region’s best content creators to deliver unparalleled storytelling to global audiences,” said Kang.

Disney+ plans to create over 50 Asia Pacific projects by 2023. K-drama fans were already aware of the dramas Disney has listed to premiere on their platform, but news of it being exclusive to Disney is new information.

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