Tokyo TV Forum kicks off next week

The first Japanese pitching event to reach out to producers across the country will also bring in a host of international TV execs and commissioners, including the BBC's Nick Fraser (pictured), to judge the doc proposals.
December 9, 2011

Japan’s first pitching event for producers from across the country, the Tokyo TV Forum, will launch on Dec. 12.

Hosted by the Association of All Japan TV Program Production Companies (ATP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and other leading media organizations in Japan, the goal of the three-day event, according to Forum director Yukihiko Amagi, is to play a role in “bringing Japanese content to the rest of the world.”

“One of the most effective ways to transcend borders and bring TV programming to the world is international coproduction,” he said. “Japan has been a rather self‐contained market so far. But as the need for international coproduction is increasingly being recognized in Asia and around the world, Japanese producers are responding.”

Twenty-one projects were chosen out of the 60 submitted to the Forum for its inaugural year, with themes ranging from nuclear concerns to girls’ fashions. A panel of 20 international commissioners will judge the proposals and bestow a number of Best Pitch awards, which will win an automatic opportunity to be presented at Asian Side of the Doc in March.

International executives and commissioners taking part as judges include BBC ‘Storyville’ editor Nick Fraser (pictured), Axel Arno from SVT, Tom Koch from PBS Distribution, Point du Jour’s Luc Martin‐Gousset, CCTV’s Zhao Qi, Ling Leland of LIC China, KBS’ Ahn Tyro, Catherine Alvaresse from ARTE France, Barbara Biemann from NDR/ARD, Vikram Channa from Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, and TFI’s Mathieu Bejot.

The event will also feature panel sessions and workshops designed to familiarize the Japanese industry with international broadcasting markets.

“The TTVF is a great chance for international markets to see the best of what Japanese documentary makers have to offer,” summed up Amagi. “And it’s a great opportunity for Japanese documentary producers to get up to speed on international coproduction, have their proposals reviewed by international experts, and learn the steps to signing a copro deal. I hope the TTVF will become an annual event where Japanese industry people can get away from their bread‐and‐butter work and think on a bigger scale.”

For more info on the Tokyo TV Forum, click here.

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