Korean Streamer Watcha Picks Up STUDIOCANAL Dramas


STUDIOCANAL has licensed a package of mixed-language dramas to the South Korean streaming service Watcha.

Part of the package, Possessions is a psychological thriller co-produced for Canal+ France and Yes Israel. The series stars Nadia Tereszkiewicz, who won best actress at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019, and comes from the director of the hit series Bodyguard.

Also covered in the deal, War of the Worlds, from Urban Myth Films, stars Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and Daisy Edgar Jones (Normal People). War of the Worlds has a second season currently in production and will be returning to screens in 2021.

Watcha previously licensed from STUDIOCANAL the critically acclaimed Russell T. Davies drama Years and Years, which premiered in South Korea earlier this year. The award-winning series became the first to launch the new “Watcha Exclusive” brand for flagship dramas in the territory.

Beatriz Campos, senior VP of global sales and production financing for TV series at STUDIOCANAL, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be further strengthening our relationship with Watcha through this significant sales package. We are sure that Watcha’s growing viewership will become firmly engaged with this lineup of top-level drama series created by, and starring, leading talent from around the world.”

Watcha’s CEO and co-founder, Taehoon Park, added, “We are more than happy to introduce STUDIOCANAL’s high-quality content on Watcha. Years and Years is one of our much-loved TV series delivering a strong viewership. Based on our partnership with STUDIOCANAL, we hope to provide a variety of well-made content to our Korean users.”