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A New Media Power Player Emerges in India

On June 13, The Walt Disney Company passed on the opportunity to renew its streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket. Investors and analysts largely cheered that decision, deeming the rights to the most popular sport in the world’s second-most populous nation, which ultimately sold at auction for over $3 billion for a period of […]

BTS Lands Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Proof’

BTS’ new compilation album Proof debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (dated June 25), garnering the pop group its sixth chart-topper. The retrospective — consisting mostly of previously released material — bows with 314,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate. The overwhelmingly […]

Sony’s Crunchyroll Picks Up Remake of Classic Anime Series ‘Trigun’

Sony Pictures’ anime specialty streamer Crunchyroll has lined up a remake of the anime series Trigun, based on the cult manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. Trigun was first adapted in 1998 as the anime series Trigun and later as a feature film in 2010 as Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Both achieved popularity and influence in Japan and abroad. The series […]

Paramount+ Launches in South Korea in Partnership With Local Streamer TVING

Paramount+ made its debut in Asia on Thursday with the launch of its streaming service in South Korea atop local streaming platform TVING, operated by Korean entertainment heavyweight CJ ENM. Effective immediately, existing TVING subscribers can stream Paramount+ content at no extra charge. The launch is part of a strategic global partnership between Paramount Global […]

BTS Going on Indefinite “Hiatus” to Allow Members to Focus on Solo Projects

Just days after dropping a three-disc career retrospective compilation Proof, K-pop icons BTS shocked the ARMY nation on Tuesday (June 14) with the surprise announcement that they are going on an indefinite “hiatus” to allow each man time to focus on solo ventures. The revelation from the seven-man boy band came around 20 minutes into […]

Viacom18 Nabs Streaming Rights to India’s Premier League Cricket for $2.6B, Disney Takes TV Rights for $3B

Viacom18 is the new online home of Indian Premier League cricket for the next five years, while Disney’s Star India will remain the sports broadcaster on TV. Fast-growing Viacom18, a joint venture between Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, Paramount Global and Bodhi Tree Systems, the investment company backed by James Murdoch and Uday Shankar, will get […]

‘Squid Game’ Creator Teases Season 2 Character Appearances

Finally, some concrete details about Squid Game season 2. After the Korean thriller series became a worldwide sleeper sensation, delivering a season two became a no-brainer for Netflix. For the past six months-plus, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has pulled double duty, campaigning for the first season throughout both the winter awards circuit and now the summer […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Sets India, Korea and SEA Leadership Team Under Clement Schwebig

Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed Thursday its leadership team for India, Southeast Asia and Korea (INSEAK) under Clement Schwebig, who will serve as president and managing director for the region. The announcement follows a similar set of appointments unveiled Wednesday for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), which will be led by Priya Dogra, president and managing […]

‘Pachinko’ Cast, Crew Take a Closer Look at Season One’s “Best Episode”

This feature was produced and curated by THR editors and is presented by Apple TV+. There are ambitious shows, and then there’s Pachinko — a multigenerational, trilingual family saga that juggles multiple timelines across the 20th century while centering the experience of Zainichi Koreans, an ethnic minority group in Japan that few Americans had heard […]

‘Squid Game’ Director Hwang Dong-hyuk, Star Lee Jung-jae on Lasting Impact of Show: “Great Stories Can Come From Anywhere”

Since its debut in September, Netflix’s South Korean survival drama Squid Game took the world by storm. It’s the streamer’s most watched show ever, and its castmembers have been showered with awards and critical acclaim, with Emmys in sight. It’s hard to fathom, then, that writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk first had the idea for the series […]

Japanese Director Naomi Kawase Accused of Violence Towards Staff

Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase has been accused of violent behavior towards her staff and crew, including an assault that left an employee’s face swollen.

Korean Thriller ‘The Witch 2’ to Get North American Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

Indie distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up multi-territory rights to Korean horror-thriller The Witch 2: The Other One, the sequel to The Witch: Subversion, which grossed just under $25 million in South Korea in 2018. Well Go has taken theatrical and digital rights for North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The […]