HBO ASIA AND CATCHPLAY ANNOUNCE NEW TAIWAN ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES THE WORLD BETWEEN US

THE PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 22, 2019 – HBO Asia’s new original Taiwan drama series, THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》, is a ten-part hour-long series that follows the aftermath of a mass-shooting where all parties involved – the killer, the victims, the victims’ families, the media and the defense teams, whose fates are all intertwined. THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》 premieres in Asia on Sunday, March 24 with two back-to-back episodes from 9pm onwards exclusively* on HBO. Two new episodes will debut at the same time every Sunday. The series is produced by Taiwanese broadcaster, Public Television Service (PTS), and will be jointly distributed by HBO Asia and CATCHPLAY outside of Asia. 

THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》 features an all-star ensemble cast from Taiwan including Alyssa Chia (賈靜雯) (“The Prince of Han Dynasty”, “The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber”), James Wen (溫昇豪) (“My Queen”, “My Fierce Wife”) and Wu Kang-Jen (吳慷仁) (“A Touch of Green”, “Wake Up”). The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Lin Chun-Yang (林君陽) (“The Soul Of Bread”) and written by the renowned award-winning screenwriter, Lu Shih-Yuan(呂蒔媛) (“Dear Ex”).

Mr. Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, says, “Following the success of our first Taiwanese drama series, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC, we are excited to be once again be presenting intriguing content and stories from Taiwan that would resonate with our audience in the region.” He also adds, “With the addition of THE WORLD BETWEEN US to our line-up of original content, we are further reinforcing our commitment to producing quality local programming for our audience in Asia and beyond.”

Ms. Daphne Yang, CEO of CATCHPLAY, says, “We are delighted that our efforts in building international networks, have placed us in a good position to bring quality Taiwan original content to the world. We are excited to be working with HBO Asia on the global distribution of THE WORLD BETWEEN US.” She further adds, “We will strive to build more collaborations like this to create more opportunity for quality Taiwan content to be seen globally.” This partnership also marks the start of drama content offering on the regional video on-demand platform CATCHPLAY, which used to focus on movies.

HBO Asia started producing its Original productions in 2012 and has since expanded their range of award-winning Asian Original productions to include series, movies and documentaries. THE WORLD BETWEEN US《我們與惡的距離》marks the network’s seventeenth Asian Original to date, with more slated to premiere in the coming years.

*Outside of Taiwan.

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About HBO ASIA

Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

About CATCHPLAY

Founded in 2007, CATCHPLAY is one of the most cutting edge movie content companies in Asia Pacific with extensive engagement throughout the entertainment content value chain. Its businesses expanded from film distribution, content aggregation, linear movie channel operation to co-production and financing including involvements in international projects, The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed by Hollywood Studio New Regency, and Silence bydirector Martin Scorsese. In March 2016, CATCHPLAY debuted its CATCHPLAY ON DEMAND Service in Taiwan followed by its launch in Indonesia and Singapore in the same year. Now the service is available in the three markets through web, app downloads from Android PlayStore, AppStore and through partnerships with leading operators including IndiHome, Telkomsel, First Media in Indonesia and StarHub in Singapore. CATCHPLAY prides itself on providing the best user experience and content selection for movie lovers by movie lovers. 

For further information please visit:www.catchplay.com

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