Tokyo Broadcasting System

TBI Asia: Why the world has turned its eyes to Japanese content

Japan’s unique TV ecosystem is drawing global attention from those looking for new ideas and fresh IP. Nick Edwards explores how partnerships are flourishing Japan’s TV industry is sometimes referred to as the ‘Galapagos islands’ of the global market. Its thriving local ecosystem is largely independent of the rest of the world yet has spawned […]

Japan’s TBS launches new company & studio in global expansion

Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) is to launch a new company with a 30bn yen ($265.6m) content production budget as part of its global expansion strategy. The new company will begin full-scale operations in March 2022 as a wholly owned subsidiary of TBS Holdings. It will plan, develop and produce dramas and other visual content […]

Japan’s TBS & Netflix partner for multi-series deal

Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) has partnered with Netflix to launch two of its drama series and a reality show to global audiences. The agreement will begin with TBS’ primetime drama Japan Sinks: People Of Hope, which will debut on 10 October, with a new episode launching on Netflix weekly, three hours of the initial […]

CJ ENM & Tokyo Broadcasting System form co-pro partnership

South Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM has struck a co-production partnership with Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) Group. The strategic alliance will accelerate the expansion of TBS’ content offerings for the global marketplace, as well as its shift towards digital content. The deal will see the two companies develop and produce dramas, variety shows, movies, […]

MIPTV round-up: ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue; Pakistan’s TVOne acquires Turkey’s ‘Hercai’; FilmRise & FirstLookTV partner for true crime docuseries

ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue India-based Zee and Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System have struck a co-production partnership and announced culinary travelogue The Spiceman Trails: Asia as their first venture together. The series will delve into the spice roots and routes of some of the most exotic countries of Asia, taking the audience across […]

Australia to find its Ninja Warrior

Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Network has commissioned a local version of hit Japanese strongman format Ninja Warrior. Endemol Shine Australia is signed on to produce the series, which will be known locally as Australian Ninja Warrior. The format, based on Japanese series Sasuke, has been popular in major Western territories such as the US and […]

TF1 orders local Ninja Warrior

TF1 has ordered a local version of the popular physical gameshow format Sasuke/Ninja Warrior. The show, which was created by Japanese free-to-air broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System, has been remade around the world, including in the US where American Ninja Warrior is on NBC. In France, TF1’s in-house programming department TF1 Production, which also makes the […]

Bellon sells American Ninja Warrior, introduces Super Boyz

US-based Bellon Entertainment has licensed NBC entertainment series American Ninja Warrior series to European and Asian broadcasters as it plans to launch a new Japanese format at MIPCOM. Ninja has sold to TV4 Sport in Sweden, FOUR in New Zealand, Viasat’s TV6 in Lithuania, Fuel TV in Australia and BSkyB’s Challenge in the United Kingdom. […]

Japan, Vietnam nets to coproduce period drama

Broadcasters from Japan and Vietnam are hooking up for a coproduced period drama that aims to highlight the close mutual history between the two Asian countries. Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System and Vietnam Television have come together on period drama The Partner, which is set more than 100 years ago and follows the relationship between Vietnamese […]