ASIA-PACIFIC, Broadcasters, Docs projects, Japan — 10/12/2011 2:22 PM

Discovery Asia lines up Japanese tsunami films (C21 Media)

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Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has commissioned six programmes from Japanese filmmakers for a strand about the country’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters earlier this year.

By Clive Whittingham
In C21 Media , 12 Oct 2011

The earthquake in March triggered a tsunami that left thousands dead along the east coast of Japan and caused serious damage to some of the country’s nuclear power plants.

Discovery has commissioned six locally made programmes about the country’s recovery efforts to air as part of a Rebuilding Japan strand.

Discovery Networks invited pitches from Japanese prodcos and shortlisted 16 from 250 entries. These companies then attended a three-day workshop in July from which six programmes were selected.

. Studio Alta‘s programme about the effects of the disaster on the 1,000-year-old tradition of seaweed farmers and TimeRiver Pictures’ film on the family photographs that now litter the devastated countryside are among the winners.

. Creating Utopia: One Mayor’s Ultimate Challenge, from Ortus, tells the story of Futoshi Toba, who was elected mayor of Rikuzen Takata just a month before it was largely destroyed. Toba, whose wife was killed in the disaster, is now leading efforts to rebuild the town as a city of the future.

. The story of the Sake brewery in Kesennuma, which was extensively damaged in the disaster, is being produced by JCTV.

. Further films about rebuilding the country’s K-Car racing sport and the bullet train network are being made by CTS and AX-ON respectively.

James Gibbons, president of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific in Japan, said: “There were so many compelling stories submitted by so many Japanese producers that it was very difficult to narrow them down to six finalists but we feel confident in the stories and producers we have chosen.”

SOURCE: C21 Media 2011 (12/10/2011)

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