Studio Dragon is the top K-Drama Production Company in the world. The company was started back in 2016 as a spin-off of CJ ENM and a year later went public. Some of their most memorable Kdramas include Guardian: The Lonely And Great God, Love Alarm, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, True Beauty, Crash Landing on You, Sweet Home, and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha just to name a few. In fact, most of the great Korean dramas are coming out of Studio Dragon. If they are not producing the dramas, they are developing, distributing, or marketing them.
The Best Korean Drama Production Company – Studio Dragon
The reason why Studio Dragon is considered the best Korean Drama Production Company is that they have a massive network of K-drama writers, directors, and production companies that focus on dramas that have international appeal. This is why they have been aggressively expanding their influence in the global market through joint planning as well as production consulting with overseas partners. Studio Dragon manages over 100 directors and writers under its different subsidiaries and affiliates. In addition, they are constantly collaborating with external production companies to acquire titles for TV channels in South Korea such as tvN and OCN.
O’PEN – K-Drama Accelerator
O’PEN is a yearly scenario content launched by Studio Dragon to find the best new talent. The winning scenarios are made into 10 one-act dramas that air on TV. They also help the writers with planning and development, distribution, and matching the appropriate writers to directors. Think of O’PEN as a K-Drama accelerator for writers looking to break into the Korean drama industry.
Partnership with Netflix
Studio Dragon signed a production and distribution agreement with Netflix back in late 2019. The agreement will last from 2020 until 2023. During that time Studio Dragon will produce original series that Netflix will then distribute on its platform to the global audience. Netflix will also gain access to distribution rights to other Studio Dragon content that has already been produced.
Studio Dragon has also established a US office in early 2020. It has already started to collaborate with companies such as CAA (Creative Artists Agency), Skydance Media, and UCP (Universal Content Productions). Making Korean dramas in the US allows greater creative freedom. The reason is that in the US, writers/directors can push boundaries that they couldn’t in South Korea. Therefore look for more and more great K-dramas coming out of Studio Dragon in 2022!