東京TVフォーラム 開催日:2011年12月12日(月)~14日(水)(参加募集)国際テレビ番組提案会議、開催!!  日本初の公開ピッチング・セッション

About TTVF

Japan to the World
Enhancing Overseas Visibility of
Broadcasting Content

Tokyo TV Forum

The Association of All Japan TV Program Production Companies (ATP) will work in cooperation with relevant organizations to hold the Tokyo TV Forum in an effort to increase the presence of Japanese television programs abroad.

In addition to international panel discussions on issues faced by the Japanese television industry when co-producing TV programs, the Forum will also host pitching sessions where a series of programs will be proposed to a panel of internationally acclaimed producers from overseas. Although pitching sessions for international co-productions are common in Europe and the United States, this will be the first initiative of its kind in Japan.

The Forum will also hold workshops designed to familiarize participants with overseas broadcasting markets.

Inaugural Tokyo TV Forum a Great Success

Tokyo, December 15, 2011 — Japan’s new pitching event, the Tokyo TV Forum (TTVF), was held for the first time from December 12 to 14. The three‐day event was packed with pitching sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and one‐on‐one meetings. It had a significant impact on the content industry in Japan. On the final day, one program was given a Best Pitch Award and three others were singled out as Outstanding Pitches.

The TTVF is the first pitching event in Japan that reaches out to production companies throughout the country. It is hosted by the Association of All Japan TV Program Production Companies (ATP) and is supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, NHK, the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan, and other leading Japanese media organizations. It was initiated by Japanese producers who sensed a need to respond to growing international demand for Japanese content.

Yukihiko Amagi, Director of the TTVF, emphasized the event’s valuable role in his opening speech: ”Especially since the earthquake on March 11, there has been growing demand around the world for more collaboration with Japanese producers on projects focusing on the country’s road to recovery. The TTVF was designed to respond to this growing demand.”

Twenty‐one projects were presented to a panel of 20 international experts, and among them, one was awarded The Best Pitch Award and three programs were commended as Outstanding Pitch. The Best Pitch Award went to Kyoko Miyake’s “Beyond the Wave”, which follows the mixed feelings of Fukushima residents who were once in favor of nuclear power and benefited from it. The first Outstanding Pitch is “Nuclear Nation” by Atsushi Funahashi, backed by production house Documentary Japan. This is a long‐term project that follows the lives of evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture’s Futaba Town, who lost most of their town in the tsunami and were then forced to leave after the nuclear meltdown. The second Outstanding Pitch is Shohei Shibata’s “DASHI: Secrets of Japanese Cuisine’s Umami” from Asia Documentary Productions. This project takes an inside look at Japanese history and culture through dashi—the broth that’s vital to authentic Japanese food. The third Outstanding Pitch is Kimiya Mitsui’s “Long Way Home”, a documentary that follows a notorious master thief who decides to retire and return home to his 83‐year‐old mother. The winning projects will each receive an automatic opportunity to be presented at Asian Side of the Doc in March 2012 for further exposure.

PBS Distribution’s Vice‐President Tom Koch, who attended the TTVF as a commissioning editor, said: “This is one of the best public pitching events I have attended. The event was professionally run and prompt. The pitches were delivered with care and quality.” Barbara Biemann of Germany’s NDR/ARD commented: “The pitches were all full of energy, creativity, and intelligence. The TTVF showed us that Japanese producers have incredible talent, and I hope to come back to discover more about Japan.” Taiwan PTS’s Leh‐Chyun Lin said: “The TTVF was a great opportunity to see the Japanese filmmakers and what ideas they have. The event brought us a lot closer to Japan.”

The TTVF not only highlighted the creative stories that Japan has to offer but also gave Japanese producers an opportunity to learn what steps to take when trying to get their content exposed internationally. The panel discussions on the first day introduced export initiatives taken by the industry in other countries and urged the Japanese government to give more support for factual content—an area where Japan lags behind other countries.

Yukihiko Amagi said: “This inaugural event has highlighted important issues that we Japanese producers must all consider if we want to get our content out into the global market. As many panelists pointed out, Japan is not only facing challenges but also looking at great opportunities. Now that the TTVF has begun, we must make sure it continues in the years ahead and that it helps more Japanese content to be seen globally.”

Outline & Guest List

----Day 1----
December 12th (Mon)
Panel Discussions
Theme: Various discussions will be held on three different topics regarding what can be done to enhance the visibility of Japanese television content worldwide.

Panel Discussion I
“TV Content – Crossing the Borders” (10:00 - 12:00)

Panel Discussion II
“How Are Producers Involved in International Co-production?” (13:00 - 14:30)

Panel Discussion III
“The Right Path for Japan” (15:00 - 16:30)


----Day 2----
December 13th (Tue)
Pitching Session I (10:00 - 13:00)

Workshop A
“Director of “The Last Train Home” on International Co-production:
The Road to Success” (14:30 - 15:30)

Workshop B
“Television Programming Market and Viewership Trends—Distribution” (16:00 - 17:00)

One-on-One Meetings (14:30 - 17:00)


----Day 3----
December 14th (Wed)
Pitching session II (9:30 - 13:00)
(Note: Presentation starting times are a guide only.)

Workshop C
“Asian Side of the Doc – From the Documentary Festival to the Rest of the World” (14:30 - 16:00)

One-on-One Meetings: 14:30 - 17:00

Guest

Deputy Director of International Relations Team, KBS / South Korea
Deputy Director of the Knowledge and Discovery Factual Programming Unit, ARTE France / France
Commissioning Editor, Sveriges Television (SVT) / Sweden
Executive Director, TV France International / France
Commissioning Editor, NDR/ARD / Germany
Vice President of Production & Development, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific / Singapore
Director & Founder, Looking Glass International / Australia
Director of “Last Train Home” / China
Commissioning Editor, BBC / UK
Head of the Japan Office, KOREA CREATIVE CONTENT AGENCY (KOCCA) / South Korea
Vice President, PBS Distribution / United States
President, CAT&Docs / France
Deputy Manager / Producer, EB / South Korea
Director of International Department and Chief of Documentary Platform, PTS / Taiwan
CEO, Final Decision Maker of LIC China / China
CEO, Point du Jour / France
Commissioning Editor and Documentary Filmmaker / China
Executive Controller, NHK Enterprises, Inc. / Japan
Senior Director, Programming and Production Department, Fuji Television Network, Inc. / Japan
President and Founder, Bang Productions Ltd/Bang Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Senior Producer, International Co-production, NHK / Japan
Senior Producer, International Acquisition and Co-production, NHK / Japan
Senior Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun / Japan
Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University / Japan
President, Producer and Director, ASIA Documentary Productions Company / Japan
CEO and Chairman of the Board, TV MAN UNION, INC. / Japan
President, TOEI ANIMATION Co., Ltd. / Japan
President, Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. / Japan