Autentic, NHK venture “Inside the Tsunami”

The German producer-distributor and the Japanese public broadcaster are extending their business relationship to develop and produce more science documentary content, with a look at 2011's giant tsunami due for May of this year.
April 5, 2016

German producer-distributor Autentic and Japanese public broadcaster NHK are extending their business relationship to develop and produce more science documentary content, with a look at 2011′s giant tsunami due for May of this year.

Inside the Tsunami will use survivors’ testimony as well as cutting-edge VFX to illustrate what was happening within the tsunami that originated from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

The project is the latest in a partnership that previously resulted in two docs: Human Body (aka Human Life) used innovative imaging technology to depict the microscopic worlds within the human body; and 88 Hours: The Fukushima Meltdown, which used reconstructed scenes, eyewitness accounts and interviews to examine how the disaster happened. Human Body aired in Germany in late 2015, and 88 Hours aired on NHK this past March.

Through the arrangement, Autentic develops and produces projects with NHK and other partners, while also finding European broadcasters for them. Autentic Distribution, a subsidiary of Autentic and the WDR media group, markets the projects in Europe, while NHK Enterprises handles the rest of the world for the 88 Hours project.

“We are extremely proud of this partnership,” said Autentic’s managing director Patrick Hörl in a statement. “Science productions from NHK enjoy a unique position worldwide. Outstanding and cutting edge CGI, as well as incredibly thorough research, make these shows so special. With this commitment Autentic Distribution is further expanding its position as a source of high-quality documentary films.”

“Through the cooperation from Autentic and the German broadcasters, we are happy to be able to reach out these messages to a broader and diverse audience,” added Naoya Kato, head of the global content development department for NHK. “The expansion of creative cooperation with partners who share the same mission to tackle issues through documentaries is such a wonderful experience.”

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