KOCOWA Presents SM STUDIO’s New K-Pop Reality Show “Welcome to the NCT Universe” Exclusively in the Americas | national company
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 16, 2022–
With the growing popularity of K-Pop, as well as K-Pop fans who are always hungry for new content, #1 all-Korean content streamer KOCOWA is thrilled to announce that, as part of a new content agreement, it will be the exclusive provider of SM STUDIO’s world premiere show “Welcome to the NCT Universe”, in the Americas, and many more to come.
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“Welcome to NCT Universe” is a 10-episode reality show that debuts globally on November 16. NCT stands for “Neo Culture Technology” and is a worldwide group that freely recruits members, and… there is no limit to the number of members in the group! Currently, there are 23 active members in the main group NCT and its sub-units, which include: Billboard’s top 10 and platinum-selling NCT 127, teen-oriented and Billboard 21 under 21 named NCT DREAM, and Chinese boy group WayV.
A reality show, the story “Welcome to the NCT Universe” unfolds when the SMROOKIES receive a mysterious invitation that opens the door to a special NEO CITY tour. Beginning their exploration of NEO CITY with professional guides SHOTARO and SUNGCHAN, viewers can follow SMROOKIES as they embark on their SMTOWN concert journey with NCT and travel with special friends.
Fans who can’t get enough of NCT can watch over eight other shows from SM C&C’s library featuring the group, including newcomers to the platform “NCT LIFE in Gapyeong” (filmed in 2021) which begins airing on KOCOWA on November 24 and “WayVision 2” on December 28.
In addition to being the first destination for many K-Pop stars, KOCOWA will exclusively add library titles produced by SM C&C and new shows with SM Entertainment artists in the coming months.
Yea Jee Lee, Executive Producer and Division Manager of SM C&C Contents Business Unit, said, “We are very pleased to partner with KOCOWA for the distribution of these shows in North, Central and South America, as their audience of millions of K-Pop and Korean entertainment fans really hit our sweet spot of NCT fans. They’ve already had success with all seasons of NCT LIFE, so we’re excited to see their audience’s reaction to these new shows.
KOCOWA CEO KunHee Park added, “As KOCOWA increasingly establishes itself as the premier destination for Korean programming in the Americas, it is exciting to work with SM Entertainment and SM C&C, such important leaders , to bring the latest in K-Pop TV to our audience. With these new shows and our extensive library of reality, backstage, and live performances from K-Pop idols, we’re thrilled to be the streamer with the most content for dedicated K-Pop fans.
Since its inception in 2017, KOCOWA has provided thousands of hours of fresh and classic K-Pop performances and reality shows featuring all favorite idols to satisfy all types of fans. Some of the content includes:
Live shows – KOCOWA airs three weekly live performance events and concert series that feature the best shows, songs and bands from that week. K-Pop’s latest debuts and highly anticipated comebacks appear on “Music Bank K-Chart,” “Music Bank World Tour,” “Inkigayo,” and “Show! Basic Music.” Although these shows are new every week, KOCOWA also offers an extensive catalog of performances and interviews with favorite K-Pop groups for fans to explore.
Backstage shows – KOCOWA has shows that take fans behind the scenes with top K-Pop idols on tour, shows that feature idols as career coaches, as well as auditions, trips, and more! Now that BTS has signed up to serve in the military, their fans might like to enjoy shows like “Rookie King” where BTS offers a deeper dive into the group’s early days, interviews, rehearsals and more. in their absence. Other reality TV titles include EXO’s “Travel the World on a Ladder,” JYP and Psy’s “LOUD,” and more.
Reality show – Many KOCOWA shows feature fan-favorite K-Pop idols in everyday life, or as guest stars who play games and compete in challenges with a regular cast. Shows like the long-running international hit “Running Man”, “Home Alone”, “The Manager”, “Idol Sports Athletic Challenge” and others feature music celebrities from South Korea like BTS, BlackPink, aespa and more. others .
KOCOWA’s popularity in Latin America is driven by this K-Pop programming, as well as K-Dramas with Spanish subtitles. In the United States, KOCOWA’s audience is 27% Latino, which is significantly overrepresented compared to their 19% of the US population.
About SM C&C (SM Culture & Contents)
SM C&C is a media production company that produces a variety of high-quality and cost-effective content for local and foreign TV channels and OTT platforms by collaborating with leading local celebrities and artists, and strives to be #1 in the global content business.
About wA and KOCOWA
wA is a joint venture between the three major Korean broadcasters – KBS, MBC, SBS, plus SK Telecom. wA launched KOCOWA, a subscription video streaming platform in the Americas, in 2017 with primary audiences in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Brazil. KOCOWA offers a comprehensive lineup of over 20,000 hours of Korean drama, reality and K-Pop content in multiple languages on its direct platform. For more information, please visit: www.kocowa.com
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CONTACT: Angie Averitt
Wave Americas, Inc.
KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES SOUTH KOREA ASIA PACIFIC CANADA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TV & RADIO GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC
SOURCE: Wave Americas, Inc.
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PUBLISHED: 11/16/2022 5:07 PM / DISK: 11/16/2022 5:07 PM