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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