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Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

BBC’s ‘The Planet’ lands in Japan, US

The series, which finished airing on BBC2 in the UK this week, is fronted by Brian Cox and uses new production techniques and visual effects to explore Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours. It’s produced by BBCS’s Science Unit and has been acquired by ABC in Australia, France5, VRT in Belgium and ZDF Info in Germany. Russia’s […]

ITVS GE, NHK tie up for blue chip doc ‘Wild Tokyo’

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has partnered up with Japanese pubcaster NHK on the production of 4K blue chip natural history programme Wild Tokyo. The 1 x 60-minute doc is set to launch in the lead up to the Olympics in Tokyo next summer. It is co-produced via ITV Studios-owned factual producer Oxford Scientific Films. From […]

NHK to adapt ‘Secret Life of Four Year Olds’

Japanese broadcaster NHK is to adapt The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds for its free-to-air general channel.  Banijay Rights has sold rights to the show to NHK Enterprises, which is producing RDF’s award-winning format in Tokyo. The deal was struck by Samia Moktar, sales manager at Banijay Rights. Local versions of the format have been produced in France, […]

Japan’s NHK orders feature doc from Icon Films

UK prodco Icon Films and Botswana’s Natural History Film Unit are set to deliver a feature length doc exploring the Okavango Delta for broadcast on Japan’s NHK. Using the latest filming technology veteran natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink, and his team at Natural History Film Unit, will film over a full seasonal cycle on the Delta, revealing the story […]

TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

Japan’s NHK gets Younger

TV Land drama Younger is heading to Japan. Endemol Shine International has struck a multi-series deal with Japanese broadcaster NHK for the drama, which centers on a woman who lies about her age to get ahead in the competitive world of publishing. Produced by Viacom-owned cable network TV Land, the series stars Sutton Foster and […]

China’s Tencent acquires first ever Japanese factual format

Chinese streaming platform Tencent is launching a local version of Document 72 Hours (pictured), a format from Japanese public broadcaster NHK that was first launched at MIPTV’s Treasure Box Japan . This is the first time Tencent has adapted a Japanese format and it is being heralded as the start of a new phase of […]

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 […]

New president takes charge at NHK

Ryoichi Ueda has stepped into the president role at NHK, taking over from Katsuto Momii who has completed his three-year term running the Japanese pubcaster. Ueda was previously on NHK’s board of governors and audit committee. Prior to assuming these roles he was at Japanese multinational Mitsubishi, where he worked in the US and Japan. […]

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