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On Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company and BTS’ host studio HYBE announced that they would work together to produce five streaming titles, including a docuseries, a concert film, and a reality show starring BTS. or members of BTS, Billboard reports.
The band’s 4K concert movie, BTS: Permission to dance on stage – LAwill document BTS’s live performance at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California in November 2021. The show marked a significant moment for the South Korean boy band as it was the first time in two years that the group met fans in person since the coronavirus pandemic began, the outlet added.
BTS Landmarks: Beyond the Star will be a docuseries following the band over the past nine years, Deadline reported. “This original docuseries follows the incredible journey of 21st century pop icons BTS,” Disney wrote in a statement to Billboard. “With unprecedented access to a vast library of music and footage over the past nine years, the series will showcase the daily lives, thoughts, and plans of the members of BTS as they prepare for their second chapter. “
Also in the major agreement with the company is In the soup: Friendcation: A travel reality show starring 26-year-old V from BTS. The star-studded cast will also include Itaewon-class‘Park Seo-jun, Parasite star Woo-shik Choi, Hyung-sik Park and Peakboy, Deadline reported. In the show, the five friends will go on a surprise trip together.
The Walt Disney Company and HYBE did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
“We’re thrilled to partner with HYBE to bring their original content created with powerful artist IP to our global streaming services, including Disney+,” Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney’s chief content officer, APAC, told Billboard. “This collaboration represents our creative ambition – to work with iconic content creators and A-list stars in Asia-Pacific so that their talent can be enjoyed by mainstream audiences in multiple ways. We believe these new titles will captivate consumers across the around the world and we look forward to bringing more music content to our service.”
“This will be the start of a long-term collaboration, where we will introduce global audiences to a wide range of HYBE content for fans who love our music and artists,” HYBE CEO Park Ji-won added in the post. same press release. “The Walt Disney Company has a long history of building franchises and promoting musical artists, with its unprecedented brands and platforms.”
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Last month, the group clarified in a statement shared with PEOPLE that they were not advancing hiatusbut instead intended to release group and solo projects as they embarked on their “new chapter” together.
“The band will remain active as a team while embarking on an individual journey to pursue personal growth,” according to HYBE’s statement, adding that the two-time Grammy-nominated band members “allow themselves to express their individuality through the release of solo albums and collaborations with other artists.”
At the time, HYBE’s parent company BIGHIT MUSIC added, “BTS is now embarking on a new chapter with new solo projects as well as group projects. The members will take this time to grow personally through various new activities. , and we expect this will strengthen the foundation for the band’s continued existence as a team. BIGHIT MUSIC will actively support the artists.”
A spokesperson for the group also said Fork“To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in different formats.”
After the group’s initial announcement, shares of HYBE plunged, costing the company $1.7 billion in market value during the first hour of trading the following morning. Variety added.
In their video, BTS’ V insisted that the group is not breaking up and said, “Later, when we get together again as a group, this synergy will be like no other.”
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Echoing his comments, J-Hope, 28, assured fans that the future of BTS will be positive for the group members. “I think we should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again,” he said during the live-streamed event. J-Hope will be the first member to release a solo project.
“I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing and see it as a healthy plan,” J-Hope continued. “I think BTS will get stronger this way.”
BTS Landmarks: Beyond the Star will be available exclusively on Disney streaming services in 2023. Release dates have yet to be announced for the other projects.