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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 […]

ZDF buys Aussie Prank Patrol

ZDF has acquired the Australian version of kids hidden camera series Prank Patrol. The German public broadcaster acquired the series from Marvista, which sells it internationally. The show was created by Canadian indie Apartment 11 for Canada’s YTV. The Australian version of the live-action series, which travels from the cities of Melbourne to Brisbane, is […]

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