We previously covered Netflix’s recent decisions to commission, not one but two, original Korean dramas for global distribution on its service.
While Netflix’s first Korean film Okja took the spotlight of the past two months, as it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 and was then made available globally from 28 June, Netflix has also been actively ramping up its catalogue of third-party acquired Korean films but also television series.
Back in November 2016, it hired a specialist for acquisitions of Korean contents for its local and international footprint, Minyoung Kim (previously Head of Content Partnerships in Asia Pacific for Twitter).
Netflix has since acquired and released a few more Korean dramas from jTBC (and even some variety shows), as well as relatively less popular titles from the two of three national Korean networks, MBC and SBS.
Most recently, it has closed a deal with leading Korean media conglomerate CJ E&M to bring its most exciting TV series to the service. The latest of those is crime thriller series Stranger (aka Secret Forest), which will be released on 1 August.
Netflix has also started adding a number of Korean webdramas, showing its desire to embrace this new wave – including commissioning one of its own, My Only Love Song.
We have listed below all the Korean dramas released on the service over the past 3 months (please note some may not be available in the United Kingdom) (source: @netflixkr_up):