NHK, Korea’s Yoon N Company & BBC Asia pick up from Passion

Korea’s Yoon N Company and BBC Asia have snagged rights to an array of Passion Distribution’s factual shows, ahead of the Asia TV Forum which starts later this week. The Tinopolis-owned sales firm has sold more than 100 hours of content to networks and streamers, with BBC Asia buying Engineering Reborn from sibling Pioneer Productions […]

News round-up: NHK & Walter Presents engage with ‘Bright Minds’; WBD EMEA picks up ‘Toad & Friends’; UK’s Peanut & Crumb expands audio push

NHK & Walter Presents engage with ‘Bright Minds’ Japanese pubcaster NHK and non-English language platform Walter Presents are among a slew of international buyers to strike deals for crime drama Bright Minds with France TV Distribution. Produced by JLA Productions, and originally airing on France 2, the series follows an autistic woman who works as […]

Japan’s NHK looks to diversify co-pro partners with independent filmmakers

NHK wants to further diversify its international co-production partners to more independent filmmakers, it revealed at Sunny Side of the Doc in France. Yuko Fukuyama, producer and Shin Yassuda, senior producer, managed to make the trip from Japan – where traveling is still restricted – and discussed the Japanese broadcaster’s strategy in international documentary co-productions, […]

Japan’s NHK snags Australian kids show ‘The Inbestigators’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has picked up rights to Australian kids show The Inbestigators, which debuted on the ABC in 2019 and is available globally on Netflix. The comedy mockumentary tells the story of four primary school children who form their own detective agency and become best friends in the process, with each episode tracking their […]

Show of the week: Radioactive Forest 10 Years After

The nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan, in March 2011, destroyed the region’s natural environment and many people’s livelihoods. Tens of thousands of residents had to leave their homes and have yet to return. Some of the farms and villages are now gone. This documentary depicts the 10-year odyssey of residents and scientists who are […]

NHK, Asharq News & Now TV strike Espresso factual deals

Japanese pubcaster NHK, MENA broadcaster Asharq News and Hong Kong’s Now TV have each struck deals for new factual programming from UK distributor Espresso Media International. NHK has acquired On Broadway (1 x 52-minutes), the Oren Jacoby directed film in which stars of the stage and screen, including Helen Mirren and Hugh Jackman, go behind […]

Japan’s NHK latest to take ‘Emergency Call’ from Lineup

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is preparing to air a local version of Lineup Industries’ documentary format Emergency Call, marking its second show from the Dutch firm. The Japanese version will broadcast on NHK in January and is based on the De Chinezen show, which was created for Belgium broadcaster VRT Eén. The format follows the […]

Acorn TV returns to ‘Whitstable Pearl’, as first season sells globally

AMC Networks’ streamer Acorn TV has ordered a second season of UK crime drama Whitstable Pearl, while the first run has been picked up by broadcasters in Italy, Japan and across Africa. The show, from Cineflix-backed UK producer Buccaneer Media, is based on Julie Wassmer’s novels The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries and will again explore the […]

France TV, Yandex & Movistar+ among buyers of ‘Universe’ and ‘The Mating Game’

France Télévisions, Yandex in Russia and Movistar+ in Spain are among buyers of BBC Studios (BBCS) science series Universe and natural history show The Mating Game. Universe, from BBCS Science Unit, reveals awe-inspiring wonders from space and recreates dramatic moments that defined Earth’s destiny using CGI imagery and archival footage. Pre-sale deals have been struck […]

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