Tubi Inks Korean Content Deal With CJ ENM

Tubi Dec. 12 announced it has entered a content deal with South Korean distributor CJ ENM. The partnership will launch with more than 75 Korean films, dramas and K-Pop series, totaling 500 hours of content, to be added as a branded curation to Tubi’s robust non-English content offering beginning this month. Titles include “Squad 38,” “Reply 1994,” “Hogu’s Love,” “The Chronicles of Evil,” “A Werewolf Boy,” “Hindsight”  and eight seasons of “M Countdown,” with additional titles to be added in 2023.

As one of Tubi’s fastest-growing categories for non-English content, Korean programming viewership has grown over 25% year-over-year on the platform, according to Fox Entertainment.

“Our partnership with CJ ENM comes at an optimal time for Tubi as we scale and enhance our focus on foreign language content,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer for Tubi, said in a statement. “Korean-language titles have been an increasingly popular destination for Tubi viewers and we’re excited to kick off this collaboration with a leader in the Korean content space.”

Additional movies from CJ ENM to be made available beginning this month include Hwang Jin Yi, The Accidental Detective, Murder, Take One, Parallel Life, Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River, Howling, Deranged, Perfect Number, Blood and Ties, Killer Toon, Tough as Iron, Helpless, Time Renegades, Heart Blackened, The Advocate: A Missing Body, Finding Mr. Destiny, Glove, Penny Pinchers, The Servant, Over My Dead Body, The Map Against the World, Remember You, Good Morning President, Castaway on the Moon, Arahan, Going by the Book, Salut D’Amour, The Sound of a Flower, White, Spellbound, Sunny and Ode to My Father.

“We plan to continue to seek opportunities to increase the accessibility of our content to global audiences to meet the growing demand of K-content,” said Sebastian Kim, director of content sales and acquisitions at CJ ENM.

Additional series to be made available beginning this month include “Cheese in the Trap,” “The K2,” “Squad 38,” “Marriage, Not Dating,” “Hidden Identity,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Ten 1,” “Emergency Couple,” “Shut Up and Let’s Go,” “Bring It On, Ghost,” “Misaeng-Incomplete Life,” “Voice1,” “Another Miss Oh,” “Second 20’s,” “Gabdong,” “High School King of Savvy,” “The Liar His Lover,” “My Shy Boss,” “Let’s Eat!” 1 and 2, “Oh My Ghost,” “Plus Nine Boys,” “Memory,” “Nine,” “In Need of Romance,” “My First Time,” “Signal,” “Monstar,” “Reply 1997” and “Super Daddy Yeol.”

Netflix to Bow More Than 25 New Korean Shows and Movies in 2022

On the heels of the Korean hit “Squid Game,” Netflix has announced more than 25 upcoming Korean shows and movies for 2022. 

Global viewing hours of Netflix Korean shows grew six-fold last year compared with 2019, according to Netflix. To date, “Squid Game” is the biggest show the service has ever launched, reigning as the most-viewed Netflix show in 94 countries at its peak. In fact, 95% of “Squid Game” viewership came from outside Korea.

Two months after “Squid Game,” Netflix launched “Hellbound,” which had a premiere that clocked 43.48 million viewing hours. “Hellbound” was among the Top 10 Netflix shows in 93 countries, and ranked No. 1 in 34 countries, according to the service. Sci-fi mystery “The Silent Sea” also made it to the No. 1 spot on the weekly non-English Top 10 lists for its premiere.

From 2016 to 2021, Netflix launched more than 130 Korean titles.

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Shows for 2022 include:

  • “All of Us Are Dead,” a series in which zombies invade a high school;
  • “Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area,” an adaptation of the popular Spanish series;
  • Seoul Vibe, an action film where the adventures of a special-ops team take place against the backdrop of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games;
  • Juvenile Justice, which follows a judge who dislikes juvenile delinquents, later realizing the troubles children face in society;
  • “Twenty Five, Twenty One,” a drama series about youths who lost their dream to the zeitgeist of 1998;
  • “Forecasting Love and Weather,” a romance drama series about people at the Korea Meteorological Administration;
  • “Thirty Nine,” a romance drama series that follows the friendship, love and life of three friends who are about to turn forty;
  • “Tomorrow,” a series about how a long-time unemployed man accidentally bumps into grim reapers on a special mission and becomes a contract worker at their Crisis Management Team;
  • “Business Proposal,” an office romance drama series based on the globally famous web novel and webtoon;
  • The Sound of Magic, based on the popular webtoon “Annarasumanara,” about a girl and a mysterious magician;
  • Remarriage and Desires, a satire of Korean society;
  • The Accidental Narco (working title), based on real-life events about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord;
  • The Fabulous, a romance that explores the dreams, love and friendship
    of young people who devote their lives to working in the fashion industry;
  • Love to Hate You, about the war-like relationship between a woman who hates losing to men and a man suspicious of women;
  • Somebody, about a murder case revolving around a social dating app;
  • Black Knight, about an air polluted world in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breathe;
  • Love and Leashes, about a different kind of romance between a man with a
    unique taste and a woman who stumbles upon his secret;
  • Yaksha: Ruthless Operations, a spy action film about a merciless man
    known as “Yaksha” who crosses paths with a prosecutor on a special inspection mission in Shenyang, a city in China notorious for espionage;
  • Carter, about an agent suffering from memory loss who is thrown
    into the middle of a mysterious mission;
  • 20th Century Girl, about a women who rekindles a teenage romance;
  • JUNG_E, which portrays a desolated Earth in the 22nd century that is no longer inhabitable due to climate change;
  • “Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain,” an unscripted series;
  • A Model Family, about a man on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce stumbling upon a car loaded with cash; and
  • Glitch, about a girl who attempts to track down her missing boyfriend
    with the help of members of a UFO club.