ABEMA, the Japanese video streaming service known as the “TV for the Future,” has announced a new partnership with Netflix to produce new seasons of hit romantic TV series Who is the Wolf and Falling in Love Like a Romantic Drama. The shows will stream exclusively on Netflix worldwide, and they will have a different look and feel from the series currently streaming on ABEMA.
Who is the Wolf has gained a lot of attention, particularly from young women, while Falling in Love Like a Romantic Drama elicited a huge response from female viewers in their 20s and 30s. The new season of Who is the Wolf will begin streaming on Netflix in Japan in early summer, followed by a global release. The new season of Falling in Love Like a Romantic Drama will stream worldwide on Netflix in fall.
Yuka Yokoyama, producer, ABEMA, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “I am honored that ABEMA can start a project with Netflix as a content partner. The new series that will stream exclusively on Netflix will be designed to appeal in a different way from the previous series on ABEMA. Working with Netflix, we strive to produce shows that entertain audiences in Japan and around the world.”
Mitsuko Kobayashi, Live Action Creative Manager, Netflix, also spoke about the collaboration, saying, “With this collaboration, Netflix will expand our lineup of must-watch unscripted television and bring joy to fans of reality shows worldwide.”
Netflix, Inc. is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service and production company based in Los Gatos, California. Founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California, it offers a film and television series library through distribution deals as well as its own productions, known as Netflix Originals.
As of 2022, Netflix had 222 million subscribers worldwide, including 73.3 million in the United States and Canada; 73.0 million in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 39.6 million in Latin America and 34.8 million in the Asia-Pacific region. It is available worldwide aside from Mainland China, Syria, North Korea, and Russia. Netflix has played a prominent role in independent film distribution, and it is a member of the Motion Picture Association.