Pilgrim teams with Japanese prodco for reality competition series

Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Studios is teaming up with Japanese production company Yoshimoto Kogyo to find Japan's Luckiest Person. (Pictured: Craig Piligian)
December 15, 2011

LA-based Pilgrim Studios (previously known as Pilgrim Films & Television) is teaming up with Japanese production company Yoshimoto Kogyo to find Japan’s Luckiest Person.

The reality competition series will air on Japan’s Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 2012. It will feature contestants who consider themselves lucky in life, competing against each other in a series of chance-based challenges for a cash prize and the honor of being known as “Japan’s Luckiest Person.”

Pilgrim Studios CEO, Craig Piligian (pictured), and Yoshimoto Entertainment USA CEO, Aki Yorihiro, will serve as exec producers.

“When we learned of this format idea from Pilgrim Studios, we instantly knew we wanted to become their partner to develop the format and launch it first to Japanese viewers who are enthralled by competition shows, yet always looking for the next twist,” said Yorihiro.”This show taps into the universal fantasy of ‘lucking’ into a great windfall, and in an environment often defined by competition, the show is a fun and welcome diversion.”

“Pilgrim has developed an array of successful competition series, but it was a unique challenge to develop for a market as sophisticated and technologically advanced as Japan,” added Piligian. “We”re extremely excited about this format and about our partnership with Yoshimoto and ABC.”

Craig Piligian will be appearing at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington, DC, on January 30, appearing in a special conversation session with recently appointed National Geographic Channels U.S. CEO David Lyle.

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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 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.