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Extra: Nippon TV shuffles senior IBD team; Z Living launches on Roku

Nippon TV makes appointments for int’l business division Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV has shuffled its International Business Division (IBD) team. Kenichi Hirose, board director and operating officer, has been appointed to oversee ...
June 18, 2018

Nippon TV makes appointments for int’l business division

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV has shuffled its International Business Division (IBD) team.

Kenichi Hirose, board director and operating officer, has been appointed to oversee the IBD division for Nippon TV. Hirose (pictured, right) previously held the position of president of the finance division, as well as board director and operating officer. Hirose will report to Yoshio Okubo, president and chief executive operating officer of Nippon TV.

Hirose replaces Yoshio Nakayama, who has now been named president of BS Nippon TV, a digital broadcast satellite broadcaster.

Elsewhere, Atsushi Sogo (pictured, left) has been appointed president of IBD. He previously held the position of EVP of IBD, and reports to Hirose.

Sogo replaces Atsushi Hatayama, who is now board director of Television Iwate.

Z Living lands on Roku

Health-focused cable network Z Living has landed on Roku streaming players and Roku television models in the U.S.

Roku audiences will now have access to Z Living’s original and acquired content. New health and health and healthy living-focused content will launch on Z Living’s app and linear channel later this year.

Z Living is currently available on AT&T Uverse, DISH, Verizon FiOS, Sling, Frontier Communications, Cablevision, Cincinnati Bell, RCN, GCI and Buckeye, with additional carriage deals pending.

“Z Living draws a very coveted female audience that connects with our content as both compelling and beneficial entertainment that can help positively impact their lives,” said Rajeev Kheror, president of Z Living, in a statement. “Our commitment to increasing Z Living’s availability across all platforms is our top priority, and so we are thrilled to partner with Roku whose reach will enable viewers to access our shows, talent and expertise.”

ARTE Distribution inks output deal with Poland’s NC+

ARTE Distribution, the international sales arm of the European public channel ARTE, has inked a three-year renewal output deal with Polish group NC+.

The terms of the agreement include the purchase of a minimum of 50 hours per year and at least five hours of pre-sales across all genres of documentaries. Most films will be broadcast on the documentary channel Planete +, as well as the cooking channel Kuchnia+ and Domo+, a lifestyle and garden channel.

In its first order, NC+ has chosen 62 hours of programs, including Four Sisters by Claude Lanzmann. The group is also acquiring the series Volcanoes Among Us (20 x 26 minutes), produced by Arte France and Les Bons Clients; and Monuments of Legend (5 x 52 minutes), produced by ARTE G.E.I.E. and Seppia.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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