Netflix has announced it will spend $2.5bn on South Korean content following the success of ‘Squid Game’, the latest sign of Korean culture’s explosive popularity worldwide.
Netflix CEO, Ted Sarandos made the announcement on Monday, April 24, following a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who is on a six-day visit to the United States.
“We were able to make this decision because we have great confidence that the Korean creative industry will continue to tell great stories,” Sarandos said in a statement.
President Yoon hailed the announcement as a “great opportunity” for Korean creators and Netflix.
South Korean film and music have gained global acclaim in recent years amid the stunning success of K-pop acts, including BTS and Blackpink, and films such as the Oscar-winning “Parasite”.
Netflix series “Squid Game”, which tells the story of indebted contestants in a deadly competition for a cash prize, became the streaming service’s most-watched show of all time upon its release in 2021, quickly racking up more than 1.6 billion views.
More than six in 10 Netflix viewers watched a South Korean-produced program on the site in 2022, according to Netflix company data.
Sarandos said the investment reflected Netflix’s confidence that South Korean creators would “continue to tell great stories”.
“It is incredible that the love towards Korean shows has led to a wider interest in Korea, thanks to the Korean creators’ compelling stories,” he said.