HBO Asia, Catchplay Partner on Taiwanese Original


WarnerMedia and Catchplay are partnering on a new Taiwanese anthology series, Twisted Strings.

The seven-part series, executive produced by filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, will arrive on HBO GO and HBO across Asia, and on the Catchplay+ streaming service in Taiwan and Indonesia, in early 2022.

Twisted Strings is produced by Screenworks Asia, Catchplay’s new production arm, in partnership with Taiwan’s Bossdom and Singapore’s Mediacorp, which will roll the show out on its digital platform meWATCH. It is written and directed by Huang Xi and stars Lee Kang-sheng in the lead.

Magdalene Ew, WarnerMedia’s head of content, entertainment, for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, noted, “With ten originals from Taiwan under our belt already, Twisted Strings will be our first anthology series and boasts a standout assembly of talent. Following the success and popularity of our other originals, including The World Between Us and Trinity of Shadows, it’s great to once again work with Catchplay.”

Daphne Yang, CEO of the Catchplay Group, added: “We are thrilled to be announcing our third Catchplay original series this year. Following the success of Trinity of Shadows and The Making of An Ordinary Woman 2, we are honored to be exploring this new genre with a dream crew led by director Hou Hsiao-hsien and through international production and distribution partnerships with WarnerMedia, Mediacorp and Bossdom. We hope to keep bringing the best of Asian entertainment content to the international audiences around the world.”

Virginia Lim, chief content officer at Mediacorp, added, “We are delighted to have collaborated with Screenworks Asia and other partners on Twisted Strings and leveraged each other’s talents and creative strengths to produce this gripping anthology series for audiences across the region. The involvement of many accomplished award-winning industry veterans is also a huge highlight of this collaboration, and we can’t wait to share the final outcome of our partnership with viewers.”