tvN buys Korean blockbusters, iQiyi focuses on Southeast Asia


CJ ENM Hong Kong has secured the first and exclusive pay-TV, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) rights in key Southeast Asian markets for a range of current and upcoming South Korean films. These are on the play tvN movies Channel in Southeast Asia. Titles include: “The abstract” (aka The Outlaws 2), which is currently in release and is approaching $100 million; The Witch: Part 2. The Other One, which also opened at number one at the box office; CJ’s own “decision to go” which won Park Chan-wook the Best Director award at Cannes; the disaster action film “Emergency Declaration,” which screened in Cannes last year and will be released in Korea in August; Hyun Bin and Yoo Hae-jin starring in Confidential Assignment 2; the comedy Men of Plastic starring Don Lee, the action thriller Decibel by Megabox Plus M; “A Man of Reason” (formerly “The Protector”), directed by Jung Woo-sung; fact-based hostage drama “The Point Men”; and “The Match,” another story based on real events, this time focusing on a Go master and his student, starring Lee Byung-hun and Yoo Ah-in (“Voice of Silence”).


iQiyi International, the offshore unit of Chinese entertainment company iQiyi, has partnered with a leading Thai mobile network and digital operator AIS Offer video streaming for less than a dollar a month. The VIP Privilege plan will be available for first-time subscribers at 35 THB per month. iQiyi says its international subscriber base has tripled in 2021, with Southeast Asia being the leading cluster. But while it’s clearly gaining traction with audiences in some parts of the region, the response has been mixed, with Thailand and Malaysia being the most responsive. The company announced that its first two Malaysian original shows are now in production and potentially uploading later in the year: marital comedy Sorry Naik Lori from local production house Tsar Asia; and Dark Romance Rampa’s Cintaku for MIP Productions.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, the city government is hosting a large-scale variety show on Friday Hong Kong Coliseum. Given that there was only one day’s notice and the city’s ticket agencies don’t appear to be selling tickets, it appears the 12,500-seat venue will not be open to the public. Instead, the show will air simultaneously on six major TV clusters: TV shows limited (TVB Jade), TV now (Channel 331), Viu TV (Channel 99), Hong Kong Open TV (Channel 77), Radio TV Hong Kong (RTHK TV Channel 31 and 32, RTHK Radio 2), Phoenix Satellite TV (Hong Kong Channel). Performances will come from three local flagship arts groups: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; and Hong Kong Dance Company. tvN buys Korean blockbusters, iQiyi focuses on Southeast Asia

Charles Jones

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