Mumbai: Netflix marked its growing commitment to connect people around the world with Asian entertainment today at its first-ever content showcase in the region, “See What’s Next: Asia.” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, as well as performers and creators from Netflix series and films, unveiled 17 new Asian original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea.
These projects join 100 new and returning originals across eight countries in Asia through 2019 as Netflix increases its investment in Asian storytellers, amplifying their voices to the world. The announcements build on the momentum created by some of Netflix’s first forays into Asian storytelling released this year. Titles like crime thriller Sacred Games (India), anime series Devilman crybaby (Japan) and variety comedy Busted! (Korea) have captivated Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.
“Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world. More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region, so we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad.”
The titles announced will join a rich library of Asian, Hollywood and international content on Netflix that’s matched to members’ personal tastes in whichever language they prefer and devices they’re watching on, all without commercials or commitments.
Today’s Netflix content showcase, See What’s Next: Asia, hosted over 200 media and influencers from 11 countries across Asia.