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Japanese b’casters team for MIPTV Treasures

Eight Japanese broadcasters are once again joining forces to jointly launch new shows and formats at MIPTV under the Treasure Box Japan (TBJ) initiative. TBJ comprises NHK, NEP, Nippon, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo, Fuji and YTV, and the group is jointly coming to market for the seventh time. “While Japanese formats were selling ever […]

Japanese broadcasters prep MIPTV Treasure Box

Japan’s leading broadcasters will launch a slate of new formats at MIPTV under the Treasure Box Japan banner. The eight-strong group of channels – NHK, Nippon TV, TBS, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, Fuji TV, Asahi, ABC Japan and Yomiuri TV – will all take part in the fifth edition of the Treasure Box Japan initiative, […]

MarVista picks up another Dentsu toon

US-based producer and distributor MarVista has acquired Latin American rights to Yo-Kai Watch, the second anime inspired toon series it has picked up in recent weeks from Japan’s Dentsu. The 26x30mins series has proved popular in Japan where it is shown on TV Tokyo. MarVista has TV and L&M rights throughout Lat-Am. The agreement comes […]

MarVista snags rights to Nick’s Little Battlers

US-based producer and distributor MarVista has picked up Latin America rights to animated series Little Battlers eXperience (LBX). The animated series is produced by the US division of Japan’s Dentsu and has proved popular on TV Tokyo in Japan and Nicktoons US, and a second season has just been greenlit. The series follows the adventures of […]

Asia’s super heroes

Are Asian television companies finding new ways to reboot the animated boys’ action genre? Jesse Whittock reports on the latest shows and why international coproductions are leading the way. Comic book superheroes have created much of the global narrative around animated boys action programming in the past few years, especially since The Walt Disney Company […]

Chernin Group buys anime streaming site

Peter Chernin’s media investment group has acquired a majority stake in anime streaming platform Crunchyroll. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, will see The Chernin Group take control of San Francisco-based Crunchyroll (left), which counts Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo as its other major outside investor. Crunchyroll’s senior management team will retain to retain a “significant” […]

Saban and The CW’s Vortexx swallows three new kids shows

Vortexx, the kids programming block on US broadcast network The CW, has unveiled its new programming line-up, which includes three new series. The five-hour weekly block runs on The CW between 7am and noon every Saturday. It is run by Saban Brands and the new line-up launches this Saturday, August 17. The new titles are […]

ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]

MIPTV News: Japanese Treasure Box opening again at MIPTV

Japan’s leading free-to-air broadcasters will launch a raft of new formats at MIPTV under the Treasure Box Japan banner. Backed by the Japanese government, the group embarked on a formats push at MIPCOM and will follow that up and introduce a range of new content in Cannes later this month. Treasure Box Japan comprises public […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]