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WOWOW to produce para-athletes docuseries

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW, in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee, has greenlit a docuseries focusing on para-athletes.
July 9, 2015

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW, in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has greenlit a docuseries focusing on para-athletes.

The as-of-yet untitled series will intend to increase awareness surrounding the Paralympic Movement on a global scale in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The series will chronicle the journey of a raft of para-athletes to the Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

With principle photography set to commence this month at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the five-year agreement marks the first time the IPC has directly collaborated with a TV network in a project.

The series is expected to bow across WOWOW Prime in 2016.

“I strongly believe that ‘diversity’ is one of the most important keywords of our future. Through this series, we hope to further increase the awareness of IPC’s vision and hope to help viewers overcome obstacles of their own no matter their age, race, sex, national origin, religion or disability,” said Nobuya Wazaki, chairman of WOWOW, in a statement.

About The Author
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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