Hybe content featuring BTS to arrive on Disney+
The two exclusive projects include BTS: Permission to Dance On Stage — LA, a 4K film of the band’s live performance at Sofi Stadium last November, and BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star, a docuseries about the band that’s said to feature “unprecedented access to a vast library of music and footage over the past nine years.”
Also coming to Disney Plus is In The Soop: Friendcation, a travel reality show starring BTS member V and other entertainers, including Parasite’s Choi Wooshik, with whom the singer is famously close. The program will showcase the group “venturing on a surprise trip and enjoying a variety of leisure and fun activities,” per Disney. The title appears to be a spinoff of BTS In the Soop, a two-season reality show that followed BTS on remote vacations. (“Soop” is a play on 숲, the Korean word for “forest.”)
Disney Plus has been steadily building its slate of Korean content over the past year, counting titles like Snowdrop among its most viewed content in Asia-Pacific markets. The company has stated that it hopes to greenlight “over 50 APAC Originals” by 2023.
According to the two companies, more programs featuring Hybe artists, including BTS, will be released on the streaming platform over the next few years.
“We hope that strong content presented by Hybe will be able to spread globally through Disney’s streaming services, including Disney+,” Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney’s Asia-Pacific head of content, said via a press release.
Park Ji-won, CEO of Hybe, also expressed his excitement about the pact’s synergistic potential in the future.
Hybe’s high-quality content, produced for fans of its artists and music, will be branched out to global viewers through Disney’s streaming services, Park said.
“We look forward to the long term with Disney, which boasts and has a long history of building franchises and collaborating with musicians through its brand power and platform.”
Source: Park Jun-hee, the Korea Herald (July 2022)