Top talent headlines A+E Studios’ first Korean drama series and first project with A+E Networks Korea


Top talent headlines A+E Studios’ first Korean drama series and first project with A+E Networks Korea



Seoul, Korea (August 10, 2022) – A+E Networks®’ drama series If You Wish Upon Me, an A+E Studios production starring Ji Chang-wook, Sung Dong-il, and Choi Soo-young, is set to have its worldwide premiere release on August 10th.


If You Wish Upon Me is a transformational story of an impoverished man with a troubled past and a twisted attitude accidentally joining Team Genie, which carries out the last wishes of patients in hospice care. As a member of the team, he starts caring for people other than himself for the first time and learns the way to open his heart and live harmoniously.


Each episode will have a unique story of a patient in hospice care and Team Genie’s journey to carry out their wishes. The series was inspired by a true account of the Make-a-Wish foundation in the Netherlands, an international foundation working as the hub for wish-granting activities for children with a critical illness. The story of If You Wish Upon Me builds on this and expands it to a hospice featuring relatable characters and heartwarming situations.


In South Korea, it will first premiere on KBS, followed by Lifetime Korea. It will premiere worldwide on the OTT platforms Viu in 16 markets (Asia, the Middle East and South Africa), Viki (Americas, Europe and Oceania), and U-Next (Japan).


A+E Networks is the sole studio financier and distributor for If You Wish Upon Me, bolstering its position as a leading creator of original content and building on the success of  A+E Studios’ hit series including The Lincoln Lawyer and Big Sky. It also continues A+E Korea’s successful scripted strategy following the global successes of Backstreet RookieDramaworld, and Woori the Virgin.  A+E Korea will continue to develop and create high-quality K-drama and monetizable IP.


Saugato Banerjee, Managing Director for Asia at A+E Networks, said: “A+E Networks® continues to double down on creating relevant and globally monetizable IP across genres and formats. The global demand for K-dramas continues to grow.  If You Wish Upon Me is our first creative partnership with A+E Studios and reflects the ambition and confidence in the appeal of the genre.”


Youngsun Soh, GM Korea and Regional Head of Digital Business Development of A+E Networks, stated: “Korean content has become a global phenomenon thanks to its distinctive stories and production values. As a part of a global media group, A+E Networks Korea aims to provide exceptional content globally by strengthening our investments in creative works.” She added, “We are pleased to premier If You Wish Upon Me on the public network KBS2 in primetime, and on Lifetime Korea. Based on our strength as a global media group, A+E Networks Korea also expects to fuel IP creation in the form of adaptations and remakes.”



About A+E Networks

A+E Networks® is a global content company reaching more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in over 40 languages – comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media, including A&E®, Lifetime®, The HISTORY Channel™, LMN®, FYI,®, and VICE TV®.


A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres with a scripted production division, A+E Studios™; unscripted production studios, Six West Media™; and Category 6™; and independent film unit, A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Networks Digital™ grows our library of content across the multi-platform universe into FAST channels, AVOD & SVOD products, including Lifetime Movie Club® and HISTORY Vault®; and podcasts such as History This Week™. A+E Consumer Enterprises™ includes experiential/branded live events such as HISTORYTalks™; Alien Con™ and an E-commerce division. A+E Networks International® Includes global branded channels , content distribution and co-productions. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.


About A+E Studios

Launched in 2013, A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios is an industry leader in the creation, production, and distribution of high-quality scripted entertainment across all linear and non-linear platforms. A+E Studios serves as a primary scripted programming supplier for the A+E Networks portfolio. A+E Studio’s slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series, and movies. A+E Studios produced titles include the hit drama series “The Lincoln Lawyer” from David E. Kelley for Netflix based on the popular novels by Michael Connelly and “Big Sky,” also from David E. Kelley for ABC, “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin” miniseries for Lifetime based on the work of author V.C. Andrews, Peabody Award-winning “UnREAL,” “Project Blue Book” and the Emmy-nominated event miniseries “Roots” for The HISTORY Channel, the animated drama series “The Liberator” for Netflix, the drama series “Reprisal” from Warren Littlefield for Hulu, as well as “YOU” from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment with Warner Horizon Scripted Television for Netflix.


Upcoming projects from A+E Studios include the drama series “The Driver” starring Giancarlo Esposito for AMC,  “Avalon” from David E. Kelley, based on a short story by best-selling author Michael Connolly for ABC, and its first local-language production, supernatural thriller “The Malevolent Bride” from “Our Boys creator Noah Stollman, set to air in late 2022 exclusively on KAN 11, Israel’s Public Broadcaster. A+E Studios currently has over seventy projects in active development at Netflix, Showtime, Peacock, HBO Max, AMC, FOX, and multiple international platforms as part of its locally originated programming strategy A+E Studios also acquired the exclusive rights to bestselling author Sue Grafton’s acclaimed Alphabet Mystery book series.

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