TBI Weekly: How Korea’s wave is changing course

South Korean producers and broadcasters make regular appearances in TBI news but recent deals suggest the country’s content wave could be moving in a new direction, writes Richard Middleton. The Korean wave has been lapping shores in the West for almost a decade now, most notably via K-pop bands like BTS, innovative entertainment formats such as The […]

Wattpad to supercharge growth, as Korea’s Naver completes $600m deal

South Korean internet giant Naver is planning to supercharge storytelling platform Wattpad, after it completed a $600m deal to acquire the firm. Naver operates an array of web-based services – including Korea’s biggest search engine and a streaming service – and said it is now planning to use Wattpad to expand its global reach. The […]

Wattpad strikes Mediaset agreement

Web-based storytelling platform Wattpad has struck its latest partnership, this time agreeing a first-look deal with Italian broadcaster Mediaset. The arrangement will see Mediaset develop and coproduce TV shows from the community of writers on Wattpad, with the partnership marking the latter’s first Italian-language deal. Wattpad, which claims to have millions of users in Italy, […]

NL Film looks to Wattpad for drama inspiration

Dutch drama producer NL Film has signed a deal with web storytelling platform Wattpad, giving it exclusive first-look rights to adapt Dutch-language stories uploaded to the site. The deal will focus on young-adult (YA) stories for development as series or films. NL Film, part of EndemolShine Nederland, is the latest in a line of producers […]

Lagardère Studios signs first look deal with Wattpad

France’s Lagardère Studios has signed a deal with web storytelling platform Wattpad, giving it exclusive first-look rights for all French-language content uploaded to the site. Lagardère Studios will be able to produce projects for TV, film, and digital adaptations, and its production label DEMD will be given a “priority window” for the stories. Projects for […]

SPT, Wattpad team for first-look originals deal

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has teamed with Toronto-headquartered storytelling platform Wattpad for a first-look TV deal for originals.  The businesses will co-produce original content, with Sony getting a first-look deal for new Wattpad titles. The firms are to work together to identify and develop popular narratives from the half-billion story uploads shared on Wattpad. The […]

Hulu picks up thriller from Wattpad, AwesomenessTV & Grammnet

Hulu has made a straight-to-series order of Light as a Feather, a thriller from Wattpad Studios, AwesomenessTV and Kelsey Grammer’s prodco Grammnet. Light as a Feather is based on Zoe Aarensen’s supernatural thriller, which appeared on Wattpad’s digital reading service reaching 2.9 million reads. The story follows five teen girls as they deal with the […]