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CJ ENM Announces First Project Yonder from the Strategic Partnership with ViacomCBS

Feb. 16. 2022
- TVING original series Yonder to be serviced on Paramount+ this year
- The series will be available in Latin America, Canada, Australia and 5 countries/regions across Europe on Paramount+ and in Korea on TVING, CJ ENM’s streaming platform

Leading entertainment company CJ ENM announced today that TVING, CJ ENM’s streaming platform, and ViacomCBS will be co-financing the TVING original series Yonder.

Under this strategic investment, Yonder will be released this year on TVING in Korea and on Paramount+ in Latin America, Canada, and Australia, where the service is currently available, as well as in France, the UK, and GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), where the service will launch in 2022.

This announcement follows the strategic partnership CJ ENM and ViacomCBS entered into last December to bring premium entertainment to audiences worldwide with a comprehensive global deal. Yonder marks the first project under this partnership, which will be followed by ViacomCBS plans to participate in the investment of seven TVING originals. Leveraging both companies’ global reach, production capabilities and hit-IP making pedigree, CJ ENM and ViacomCBS will continue to create synergy across their streaming services and production studios for global audiences.

According to a spokesperson from TVING, “Like this partnership with ViacomCBS, our goal is to strengthen our network and partnerships that will set grounds for original content investment on a global level to strengthen TVING’s presence as the No.1 K-content platform. We will be expanding our content library for our TVING subscribers as well, as we plan to launch popular Paramount+ content on TVING in the first half of the year.”

Catherine Park, Senior Vice President, Head of Office & Streaming for Asia, ViacomCBS Networks International, said, "Through our collaboration with CJ ENM, we are excited at the opportunity to entertain our global audiences via our streaming service Paramount+ with high-quality original Korean content like Yonder. Furthermore, we look forward to bringing a mountain of entertainment to TVING subscribers, and expanding Paramount+ in Asia."

Set in 2032, Yonder is a story about a man who receives a message from his deceased wife inviting him to the unknown space called 'Yonder,' designed for the dead to be able to live on by uploading memories of their lifetime from their brain. The drama/science-fiction series raises questions about life and death and what it means to have eternal happiness as humanity comes face to face with a world created by advancements in science technology.

Presented by TVING and ViacomCBS and produced by Doodoong Pictures and CJ ENM, Yonder is directed by Lee Joon-ik, known for directing widely acclaimed films like The King and The Clown, The Throne and DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet. Yonder marks the movie-hitmaker’s first series and OTT release.

More original content from TVING will be made available for global audiences. In addition to TVING’s strategy to deliver its originals through its global strategic partners, TVING announced its plan to expand its footprint in the global OTT market starting with Japan and Taiwan this year. TVING also seeks to diversify its content genres stretching from scripted and unscripted originals to live sports broadcasting to bring all things for every fandom.