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Cream to revisit “The Age of Samurai” for Netflix, Smithsonian Canada

Toronto headquartered Cream Productions (ID’s Fear Thy Neighbor, PBS’s The Dictator’s Playbook) is at work on a historical drama-doc about the warring factions in feudal Japan vying for power, and ...
June 16, 2019

Toronto headquartered Cream Productions (ID’s Fear Thy Neighbor, PBS’s The Dictator’s Playbook) is at work on a historical drama-doc about the warring factions in feudal Japan vying for power, and the warlords who led them.

The Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan has been commissioned for Netflix and Blue Ant Media’s Smithsonian Canada channel, and Simon George (History’s Barbarians Rising, Nat Geo’s Origins) has signed on as showrunner.

The program will delve into the history of the battles between warlords for control of Japan, and the figures who fought with and for the founding fathers of the nation. One such prominent character in the story will be the notorious samurai Date Masamune, who earned the nickname ‘One Eyed Dragon’ due to having plucked out his own eye as a child, once it became infected with smallpox.

Production is currently underway in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Executive producers include David Brady (pictured), Kate Harrison and Matt Booi for Cream, with Simon George also credited as executive producer. 

“This drama-doc is truly inspired by Japanese art and noir graphic novels – it’s dark, moody and highly stylized,” said David Brady, CEO of Cream, in a statement

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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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