Asia’s leading entertainment content provider, iQiyi, has been actively exploring high-quality original content in Asia and promoting Asian content in various languages to 191 countries and regions around the world. This year, the original Korean drama “My Roommate is a Gumiho” quickly rose to the top ten rankings in various regions, attracting drama fans and creating another drama craze for upcoming Chinese dramas “Danger Zone” and “The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang”. In terms of the Southeast Asian market, iQiyi has seen the charm of Thai dramas since last year. iQiyi has not only exclusively broadcasted the social issue-focused drama “Daughters”, The Thai dramas “Romantic Blue The Series” and “GEN Y The Series” that were broadcasted on the international version of iQiyi were well-received by the audience.
This year, iQiyi and Studio Wabi Sabi, a well-known Thai production company, jointly launch the LGBT diverse romance drama series “7 Project”. It focuses on campus romance in seven separate episodes and theme songs. Through the connection of music and video, each episode discusses a different love issue with a song as the theme, presenting the diverse appearance of love between men and women, men and men, as well as women and women.
The three-minute trailer of “7 Project” features an eye-catching cast lineup of young Thai actors and actresses including Boom and Peak from “Make It Right”, Boun and Prem from “Until We Meet Again”, and Perth, Earth, Plan, and Surat from “Love By Chance”. With love as the main theme, it talks about different types of romance in different stories. It is directed by a well-known Thai youth drama director, New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul, who has produced many popular youth Thai dramas in the past five years. Together with Studio Wabi Sabi, the production company that has produced popular BL Thai dramas that have swept Asia such as “Love By Chance” and “Until We Meet Again”, and the influence of the streaming platform iQiyi in Southeast Asia, “7 Project” will definitely be a must-see LGBT romance series.
Commenting on the collaboration, Parnsuk Tongrob, content director for Thailand, iQiyi, said, “iQiyi is very honored to collaborate with Studio Wabi Sabi on ‘7 Project’. It is a unique and challenging mission. Through ‘7 Project’, we hope to show our audiences the true nature of unconditional love and relationships. With the outstanding performance of Studio Wabi Sabi’s romantic dramas that have already achieved outstanding results in many markets, iQiyi is confident that this series will not only touch the hearts of our users in Thailand, but also in Southeast Asia.”
Siwaj Sawatmaneekul, the director of Studio Wabi Sabi and “7 Project” said, “Studio Wabi Sabi is honored to have the opportunity to work with Asia’s leading streaming platform, iQiyi. ‘7 Project’ started out as a musical project. But after digging into the deep meaning behind the lyrics and stories, the seven songs finally took on lives of their own and eventually became a mini-series. Each of the seven songs shows the audience the diversity of love and how it can be given and received in different ways. This project is a first for me, and I’m very excited to be able to show this work through a streaming platform with such a large user base in Southeast Asia.”
“7 Project” focuses on campus romance in seven separate episodes and theme songs. Through the connection of music and video, different love issues are discussed, presenting the diverse appearance of love between men and women, men and men, women and women, and others.