Viu unveils eight new original titles, aims to release over 80 shows in 2019

MUMBAI: PCCW Media Group-owned over the top (OTT) platform Viu has unveiled a slate of its next eight Viu Original titles in 2019 and its target to release over 80 titles of scripted and non-scripted series this year.

Viu Original will include productions from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and the Middle East. Viu’s further commitment to Viu Original comes after encouraging increases in viewership in 2018, which saw monthly active users nearly doubling to 30 million and video consumption time increasing by close to 120% over the previous year.

The eight originals include Till Death Do Us Part (Hong Kong), The Gutter (Hong Kong), Psycho Detective 2 (Hong Kong), Rewrite (Indonesia), Baha Don (Malaysia), Kopitiam (Malaysia), The Grill (India), and The Zodiac (Middle East).

In line with its commitment to bringing Viu-ers the best of Asian content, Viu has expanded its offering beyond the most current and extensive Korean content which are popular across its markets in Southeast Asia, to include Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Arabic content through partnerships such as with GMM and Workpoint in Thailand, Media Prima in Malaysia and Media 7 in Myanmar, as well as via its own Viu Original.

Following the success of Viu Originals such as The Publicist (Indonesia), The Bridge (Malaysia), the newly launched No Sleep No FOMO (Singapore/pan-Asia) and 4Freaks 4Fam (Thailand), 2019 is expected to be another exciting year.

PCCW Media MD Janice Lee said, “Viu Original has become an important part of our content offering. Learning from what our 30 million Viu-ers enjoy watching, we have further developed Viu Original portfolios which attracted significant growth of new users to the service. In 2018, 30% of Viu Original viewers were new to the platform. We plan to continue investing in original content by working with local talent and the creative industry in the region with an aim to releasing over 80 titles in 2019. The Viu Original series also allows us to experiment with different creative formats and push for more innovation in production and partnerships in the industry.”

Aside from developing and launching premium long-form original productions, the Viu Original initiative also aims to support and develop the local creative eco-system and industry. It does so through development programs such as the Viu Pitching Forum – an annual event aimed at helping upcoming Indonesian filmmakers find distribution for their work. Since the forum, two web series, Halustik and Knock Out Girl, have already been produced and released to Viu-ers.

The recently announced Star Stealer, winner of 2019 Viu Pitching Forum, will be soon in production. The success of the Viu Pitching Forum also led to the launch of ViuShorts!, a young creator development program aiming to foster creativity and diversity. High-school and university students learnt how to tell exceptional stories through film in year-long workshops and competed to win a scholarship at the Jakarta Institute of Art and a professional internship with the Viu Original production team. Seventeen short films made by students and aspiring filmmakers will be released in 2019.

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