Moments ago, we made an exciting announcement about a merger between Wattpad Studios and WEBTOON Studios to create Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. So mark your calendars, because today is a special day in Wattpad's history— June 24, 2021 is now the birthdate of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios.
Earlier this year, Wattpad was acquired by Naver. As many of you know, WEBTOON, the leader in digital comics, is also part of the Naver family. And while the Wattpad and WEBTOON platforms remain separate platforms for stories and their creators, we now reach a combined audience of 166 million people worldwide!
Our mission with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is simple—we want to bring the Wattpad and WEBTOON stories we love, written by community members just like you, to audiences all over the world. In a time when YA and comic adaptations are some of the biggest hits in publishing and entertainment, Wattpad and WEBTOON creators have penned some of the best, most engaging stories in YA, comics, and beyond. Diverse stories, with built-in audiences and passionate fans all over the world.
As Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, we're launching the world's first truly modern studio armed with an unmatched library of IP (that's industry speak for stories!), powered by a new generation of creators and the technology to create hits in every genre. We're pioneering a new approach to entertainment, using what we know when it comes to data and audience insights to elevate diverse voices and create mainstream hits.
We know many of you reading this are Wattpad creators. It's your stories that get us excited about the work we're doing, and we're looking forward to working with you to reshape the entertainment landscape. Entertainment audiences across the globe are waiting patiently to discover new voices, new ideas, new talent.
So, what does this mean for you as a Wattpad creator? Scroll down for answers to any questions you might have about Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. But rest assured, the Wattpad platform you know and love isn't changing, and Wattpad and WEBTOON will remain separate platforms. This move only combines our studio divisions. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios will unlock even more opportunities for creators around the world and we can't wait to take this next step in our journey with you.
- Wattpad HQ
What does this mean?
Wattpad Studios and WEBTOON Studios businesses are coming together to form the world's first truly modern studio. Through the Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, we can invest more in creators and stories to reach an even wider audience. You'll see more of your favourite stories in new and exciting formats.
Where can I learn more about the Wattpad WEBTOON Studios?
Follow @wattpad and @webtoonofficial for more news from the Wattpad WEBTOON Studios team and all the exciting new projects.
What does this mean for writers on Wattpad or WEBTOON?
More opportunities for everyone! We're now in a stronger position to invest in writers and stories, in new formats, that we know can reach a wider audience. The path to success doesn't change: We're still using data and audience insights to find incredible stories for adaptation in multiple formats.
The only difference is that, starting June 24, 2021, we can create more opportunities for more writers across both WEBTOON and Wattpad! We're launching the world's first truly modern studio, armed with an unmatched library of IP, and powered by a new generation of creators and the technology to create hits in every genre.
How can I put myself forward for these opportunities?
The best way to be considered for opportunities with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is to keep writing! Set yourself up for success by leveraging tools and resources on the Creator Portal, stay up to date on initiatives and events with our WattpadWrites Newsletter, and brush up on our writer programs' eligibility criteria to know who we're looking for and how you can be considered.
What about opportunities for international writers?
The Wattpad WEBTOON Studios spans the globe with partnerships across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. We have more than 100 TV and film projects in development or production with partners around the world, hits on screens everywhere, and a growing slate of books and international imprints. As we mentioned, there will be more opportunities for all writers around the world.
What is WEBTOON?
WEBTOON is the world's leading digital platform for visual storytelling. As the first modern digital publishing and self-publishing platform for digital comics, WEBTOON has revolutionized the way visual stories are created and consumed, allowing anyone to become a creator.
WEBTOON also has become a cultural and global phenomenon, pioneering the distribution and consumption of web-based comics. With an average of 72+ million monthly active users, more people consume WEBTOON series than watch most television shows. WEBTOON features a broad and diverse catalog of content from all over the world -- including romance, thriller, fantasy, comedy and more. WEBTOON is No.1 app among 16-24 year olds in Korea and also is in the top tier among the same group in the other countries.
Launched stateside in 2014, WEBTOON has thousands of creator-owned series with episodes updating daily. Also boasting partnerships with Legendary, POW!, Top Cow/Image, and more, WEBTOON takes storytelling to the next level. Creators have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards, as well as winning a multitude of Ringo Awards. The WEBTOON app is free to download on Android and iOS devices.