Japan’s NHK appoints new president

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has named Katsuto Momii its new president. He will join the Japanese broadcasting giant from Japanese business solutions and IT business Nihon Unisys where he is a corporate advisor. Starting on January 25th next year, Momi will replace Masayuki Matsumoto. Matsumoto is retiring having served his three-year presidential term. The NHK […]

Asian nets bag 300 hours from TVF

Asian broadcasters have licensed more than 300 hours of programming from UK-based distributor TVF International. Japanese pubcaster NHK has acquired specials such as Ice, Sweat and Tears and The Real Sherlock Holmes, while commercial rival NTV took shock doc  Transgender Kids. History in Japan and India acquired Special Forces, with the latter also adding religious […]

Kids TV seriously

Today’s kids have an endless array of entertainment choices. From Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting TV channels to films, music videos, social media and console & casual gaming, there’s enough compelling content out there to occupy them 24/7. Is there a place for factual programmes in that mix? Andy Fry investigates The overwhelming majority of […]

News brief: Nets buy Russian-themed content from TVF

UK distributor TVF International has sold Canadian doc Ice, Sweat and Tears to NHK in Japan and GEM Group in Iran. Ice, Sweat and Tears, which comes from Markham Street Films and was for Canuck pubcaster CBC, features ice skating stars and launched at MIPCOM ahead of Russia’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next year. […]

Wowow restructures Japan and US operations

Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow has restructured and split programming and production into two separate divisions. The new structure was introduced by company president Nobuya Wazaki. The programming division includes Wowow’s Los Angeles office, will be overseen by Tsutomu Makino, who recently joined the company from NHK. Kayo Washio will run the LA office. The […]

BBC nets Japan’s Giant Squid film

The BBC has acquired one-off documentary film Legends of the Deep: Giant Squid from its Japanese public broadcast counterpart NHK. The film will go out on the BBC Two channel as part of the Natural World strand this week. The BBC acquired it from NHK Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Japanese broadcaster. The 1x52mins […]

NHK makes first drama sales to Myanmar

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has sold a pair of dramas to a satellite broadcaster in Asian neighbour Myanmar. The deal to place serial drama Carnation and period drama Atsuhime on Mynamar National TV marks the first time NHK dramas have broadcast in the territory, which is currently making the transition from a military dictatorship to […]

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 […]

Poirot star heads to MIPTV

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is bringing David Suchet, the star of long-running crime drama Poirot, to Cannes for MIPTV. The series, which is based on the Agatha Christie novels and produced by ITV Studios, is coming to an end after thirteen series. The addition of the new 5x120mins series thirteen means distributor ITVS GE has […]

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 […]

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