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Disney+ to feature ambitious new Asia Pacific content!

By Rachelle  /  14 Oct 2021 (Thursday)

An extensive slate of global, regional, and local language content for Disney+ is on its way!

In addition to the vast library of branded content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and Star, The Walt Disney Company unveiled that there will be over 20 new APAC content titles including 18 Originals that consumers can look forward to.
The new APAC projects include original productions by leading content creators, from star-studded scripted live-action tent-pole series including drama, comedy, fantasy, romance, science-fiction, crime, horror; to variety shows, documentaries, and anime from several markets, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Greater China, and Australia! Subject to local availability, the new APAC content titles will be available on the streaming service over the next year. The new projects that were unveiled are part of Disney's ambition to greenlight over 50 APAC Originals by 2023.

Luke Kang, President of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific said:

For many decades, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining consumers and has been an integral part of the local creative ecosystem.

Today, we are making another commitment by combining the global resources of the company with the best content creators from Asia Pacific to develop and produce original stories on Disney+. 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.

Over the next few years, Disney will be launching a significant slate of premium branded entertainment on the Disney+ platform, including content from its global brand franchises, general entertainment content from Star and local language originals from APAC.

Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney’s APAC Head of Content & Development, who unveiled the new content slate from APAC, added:

Our production strategy is centred on working with the best local storytellers in the region, leveraging our brand power, scale and dedication to creative excellence. We look forward to collaborating with award-winning and emerging creative talent in Asia Pacific and sharing authentic stories that reflect the unique cultural and social dynamics from this region toglobal audiences.

Key highlights of the new APAC content titles include:
  • Moving – an action hero thriller that is the ultimate tent-pole show from Korea based on the webtoon by Kang Full about three teenagers discovering their unusual powers.
  • Snowdrop – a romantic melodrama series starring top Korean actor Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo. Told by the creators behind the 2019 K-drama mega-hit Skycastle, Snowdrop is one of the most highly anticipated dramas of the year.
  • Grid – a mystery thriller and new tent-pole series by award-winning writer Lee Su-yeon.
  • BLACKPINK: The Movie – a documentary on the chart-topping Korean pop group, in commemoration of their fifth year anniversary.
  • Rookies – a coming-of-age romantic series set in Korea's elite police academy, is K-pop idol Kang Daniel's debut drama. 
  • Tokyo MER (Mobile Emergency Room) – a special TBS collaboration, is a medical drama starring award-winning actors Ryohei Suzuki and Kento Kaku.
  • BLACK ROCK SHOOTER DAWN FALL – a Japanese reboot animation of BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER, a popular character with global fans that has spawned music, action figures, games and animation.
  • Summer Time Rendering – a Japanese animation based on one of the top manga titles with a cumulative total of over 130 million page views on the Japanese web manga app Shonen Jump +.
  • YOJOHAN TIME MACHINE BLUES (working title) – a new Japanese animated series and the sequel to THE TATAMI GALAXY. This is the latest work by award-winning writer Tomihiko Morimi and Science SARU, a production studio that has won numerous international awards.
  • Susah Sinyal (or Bad Signal) – a comedic drama series about a group of hotel employees managing a classy resort hotel in West Java.
  • Bumilangit – a series under the creative vision of award-winning director Joko Anwar, and produced by Screenplay Bumilangit.
  • Small & Mighty – a comedic drama about self-discovery featuring the come-back appearance of the talented Chen Bo-Lin in Taiwanese drama since In time With You.
  • Delicacies Destiny – a Chinese period drama and veteran producer's Yu Zheng's newest endeavour into food rom-com, following the success of “Story of Yanxi Palace.”
  • Shipwreck Hunters – the first Australian documentary for Disney+ and documents iconic shipwreck mysteries in Western Australia's vast coastline.

For more info, visit disneyplus.com, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices!

Disney+ is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, with upcoming launches in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in November 2021.  

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