Ten Alps TV-owned Blakeway Productions has partnered with Japanese digital video platform Niconico on the documentary Japan and Korea: Ties That Bind, the inaugural film in a doc strand by the online service.
The 2 x 60-minute Ben Ryder-directed film, which examines the thorny relationship between the two neighboring nations from a global viewpoint, will be the first to transmit across the Japanese platform’s latest current affairs and history strand ‘Niconico Documentary,’ which launched today (July 15).
Each episode of the doc will be followed by a talk show featuring a panel of experts as well as a commentary program that will explore the program’s themes and encourage a dialogue with viewers through a designated website.
‘Niconico Documentary’ aims to acquire thought-provoking international documentaries for its online service before they appear across Japanese TV. The Dwango Company Limited-owned platform carries more than 41 million registered users.
The strand will also broadcast titles including Yasukuni, the 2008 doc that captures Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine over a decade; Standing Army, which probes the impact of U.S. army bases around the world; and the Korean Broadcasting System-funded Bridal Mask.
“Blakeway prides itself on creating high-quality factual programming with journalistic integrity to engage viewers and inspire discussion,” said Fiona Stourton, creative director at Ten Alps TV & Radio, in a statement. “The NicoNico platform is well-suited to broadening debates and opening dialogue. We’re particularly excited by the expert talk show and commentary show that will accompany the two episodes, and hopefully encourage a robust multi-media dialogue with viewers.”