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‘The Cove’ gets Japanese distribution

The Works International, European sales agents for the Academy Award nominated picture The Cove, today announced the acquisition of the documentary by Japanese distributor Medallion Media. This a coup for The Cove, as Japanese distributors and the Japanese government have previously shied away from the doc because it reveals the unsavory trade of dolphin slaughter taking place in Taiji, Japan. 'In distributing The Cove we are not taking sides,' says Norio Okahara, director of Medallion Media. 'Rather, we are presenting the film for the Japanese to decide for themselves about the issues it raises. There is a debate to be had here and this important film - and the Academy Award nomination only serves to reinforce its importance - offers the opportunity for such a debate.' The tentative release date for the doc in Japan will be April 2010.
February 9, 2010

The Works International, European sales agents for the Academy Award nominated picture The Cove, today announced the acquisition of the documentary by Japanese distributor Medallion Media. This is a coup for The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos of the Oceanic Preservation Society, as Japanese distributors and the Japanese government have previously shied away from the doc because it reveals the unsavory trade of dolphin slaughter taking place in Taiji, Japan. ‘In distributing The Cove we are not taking sides,’ says Norio Okahara, director of Medallion Media. ‘Rather, we are presenting the film for the Japanese to decide for themselves about the issues it raises. There is a debate to be had here and this important film – and the Academy Award nomination only serves to reinforce its importance – offers the opportunity for such a debate.’ The tentative release date for the doc in Japan will be April 2010.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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