Canadian documentary festival Hot Docs has named NHK senior producer Takahiro Hamano (pictured) as the recipient of its 2015 Doc Mogul Award.
The honor, which recognizes an individual who has made “an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad,” is bestowed during the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which this year runs from April 23 to May 3.
The luncheon will take place on April 28, and is to be hosted by Paul Lewis, president and GM of Discovery Networks in Canada.
Hamano – a senior producer in NHK’s programming department – got his start at the Japanese broadcaster in 1990, producing and directing a number of social issue and current affairs programs, and later shifting his focus to international coproductions.
In 2007, the producer launched the 90-minute documentary strand ‘Frontier’ on NHK’s HD channel in order to broadcast international creative documentaries. His credits include Russian Ark, Bob Dylan: No Direction Home, Waterlife and Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 3/11, among others.
In addition to his work at NHK, Hamano produces his own documentaries and also helped launch the country’s first pitching event, Tokyo Docs, in 2012.
“Takahiro has been a driving force for documentaries at NHK over the past 25 years, where he has championed so many outstanding international coproductions,” says Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie in a statement. “We are proud to consider him a great friend of the festival, and his regular participation at Hot Docs and dozens of other international markets has been instrumental in building bridges from Japan to the world documentary community.”
Hamano added: “I feel surprised and tremendously honored to have received the prestigious Doc Mogul Award. When my colleague and I first participated in Hot Docs in 2003, we were the only Japanese filmmakers there.
“Since then, we have been able to collaborate with partners from around the world, thanks to NHK’s help and the incredible support of the various documentary filmmakers and commissioning editors to whom we give the utmost respect,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend to them my sincerest thanks.”