China’s largest online video and entertainment service provider iQIYI has announced the premiere of Chosen on January 7, a big-budget online project co-produced with Sony Pictures Television.
The co-production, a three-part online drama series will debut on iQIYI’s platforms in Chinese mainland and Taiwan on January 7, and will be available worldwide on Netflix later this year, accessible by viewers in more than 190 countries and territories, iQIYI said at a press conference in Beijing today.
The global distribution of Chosen marks another milestone in iQIYI’s recent efforts to introduce its premium content to global audience. The company has reached deals with its international partners including Netflix to distribute several of its popular productions like online series Tiensin Mystic and Burning Ice.
Introducing Chosen, an adaption from American drama under the same title, to reporters and guests in Beijing, Yang Xianghua, iQIYI’s senior vice president, said that all three parts of Chosen will be made available to viewers at the same time both on iQIYI and later on Netflix, in a break from industry norms in online films releases.
The co-production, a ground-breaking cooperation between iQIYI and Sony Pictures Television, is the first Chinese online three-part drama adapted from an American drama.
Based on the original drama under the same title, iQIYI and Sony Pictures Television have strived to improve the quality of the adaption by infusing it with more dramatic conflicts and fine-tuning quality of lead characters in the show in order to attract a global viewership.