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2016/11/25

Fuji TV co-produces "Operation Love" with Shanghai Media Group Pictures

Fuji TV is proud to officially announce the launch of OPERATION LOVE, our second production of strategic partnership agreement with Shanghai Media Group Pictures (=SMG) to co-develop remake of five Fuji TV drama series. OPERATION LOVE is jointly commissioned by Fuji TV and SMG. Filming for the drama started November 6th in Guangzhou and will later move on to Shanghai. Fuji TV producer will be flying in and out of the location to supervise the all-Chinese crew. Filming will continue until February 2017, and scheduled for on-line distribution through China’s Tencent starting the month after.

OPERATION LOVE is a light-hearted love series produced by Fuji TV and broadcasted through April-June 2007 in its popular Monday night prime time drama slot. The Chinese version features Zhang Yixing (THE MISTIC NINE/iQIYI, HAPPY CAMP/Hunan TV), aka Lay from South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, and Chen Duling (THE LEFT YEAR/movie). A Korean remake, OPERATION PROPOSAL, was broadcasted on TV Chosun in 2012 with Seung Ho Yoo (REMEMBER/SBS, IMAGINARY CAT/MBC) and Eun Bin Park (FATHER, I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU/MBC, AGE OF YOUTH/JTBC).

"Operation Love" Cast Members

from left: Chen Duling, Zhang Yixing

2016/11/15

“Love That Makes You Cry” win 2 awards at the 2016 Tokyo Drama Awards

"Love That Makes You Cry"

“Love That Makes You Cry,” a drama series that aired from January to March 2016, won the Best Drama in the Serial Drama Category at the 2016 Tokyo Drama Awards. In addition, singer Aoi Teshima who sings the drama’s theme song captured the Best Theme Song Award.

Written by acclaimed scriptwriter Yuji Sakamoto and starring new and talented young actors and actresses, "Love That Makes You Cry" follows the story of love, friendship and growth of six young men and women who move from countryside to the big city of Tokyo, each with their own dreams and aspirations. The series has gained huge popularity among young viewers in their twenties and also appealed to audience of an older generation who looked back on their youngers days and saw themselves in the characters.

Ken Murase, Fuji TV producer of the drama commented that “Theme song is an incredibly important element of drama series. As a producer, I’m truly pleased to receive awards for not only the drama itself, but for its theme song as well. I cannot be happier if both the drama and the song would long remain in hearts and minds of many people.”

Best Drama (Serial Drama) : “Love That Makes You Cry” (Winter 2016)
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_16_01.html

Theme Song Award: Aoi Teshima for the theme song of “Love That Makes You Cry” (Winter 2016)
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_16_01.html

For the full list of award winners: Tokyo Drama Awards
http://j-ba.or.jp/drafes/english/award/index.html

2016/11/15

Fuji TV to launch Facebook in Traditional Chinese

In addition to its official English facebook account, Fuji TV has recently launched an official Facebook account in Traditional Chinese to strengthen global reach and better cater to our international audiences and clients.

Check it out and please “Like” us so we can keep you informed on what’s happening!

Fuji TV Official Facebook in Traditional Chinese
Fuji TV Official Facebook in English
Fuji TV Official Weibo (Simplified Chinese)

2016/09/30

Fuji TV and Other Odaiba Landmarks Turn Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fuji TV lights up its entire headquarters building in pink with GLITTER8* illumination on October 1 in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many other iconic landmarks across the Tokyo Waterfront City (Rinkai Fukutoshin) area such as Rainbow Bridge, Palette Town Ferris Wheel, the "YAKEI" illumination at DECKS Tokyo Beach, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo Gate Bridge, as well as the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, will also turn pink for the occasion, showing support for the fight against Breast Cancer.

Since April 2015, Fuji TV lights up its headquarters building in various colors throughout the year to show support for both national and international causes and public awareness campaigns. Last year, the building was illuminated for 10 awareness campaigns, including World Autism Awareness Day (blue) and World AIDS Day (red).

*GLITTER8 is a spectacular LED window light show at Fuji TV headquarters building. Not only does it use over 700 LED lights to create various images, it also contains sound effects.

GLITTER8 Illumination at Fuji TV

The Tokyo Waterfront City Illuminated in Pink Lights

2016/09/01

Fuji TV to produce a spinoff of "A Girl & Three Sweethearts" in Taiwan
starring Shuhei Nomura with all-star Taiwanese cast

Taiwanese Actress Sylvia Wang and Lead Actor Shuhei Nomura

Fuji Television is thrilled to announce the production of a special spinoff of its hit romantic comedy series "A Girl & Three Sweethearts" in Taiwan. Since its first broadcast in July, the series has been wildly popular in Japan, but it is also gaining overwhelming popularity in South Korea, Hong Kong, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. Titled "心有所屬" ("A Girl & Three Sweethearts in Taiwan" (English working title), the spinoff is a co-production between Fuji Television and Comic Productions, a Taiwanese production company behind many hit shows, and is shot entirely in Taiwan. As a commemorative project for the channel launch of WAKUWAKU JAPAN in Taiwan on September 1, the spinoff is set to be broadcast on WAKUWAKU JAPAN in Taiwan along with the main series. Furthermore, it will be streamed exclusively on Fuji TV's video streaming service Fuji TV On Demand in Japan, beginning in mid-November.

In this spinoff, a Japanese actor Shuhei Nomura who speaks fluent Mandarin takes the leading role of Toma, the youngest of the three Shibasaki brothers and the same character he plays in the main series. The spinoff also features a star-studded cast of today's top Taiwanese actors and idols including Sylvia Wang, Teddy (of SpeXial), Ting (of A'N'D), and David Chiu.

With the upcoming broadcast in Taiwan, Fuji Television hopes that the spinoff, along with the main series, will draw a wider audience and attract new fans.

STORYLINE
Set in a seaside town in Taiwan, Fey is an ordinary 20-year-old girl who works as a waitress at a local restaurant. She secretly has a little crush on the restaurant's 27-year-old owner-chef Tony. She was enjoying the summer days hanging out with her best friend Lulu and Tetsu, a friend from work. Then one day, Fey meets a 21-year-old Japanese guy named Toma on the beach. Immediately following their encounter, Toma tells Fey that he is in love with her. Fey is completely astounded at first, but…

COMMMENTS
Lead actor Shuhei Nomura says, "I promise to do my very best to create a great drama that the audience in Taiwan will enjoy, so please look forward to it."

Satoshi Kubota, Fuji TV producer of Worldwide Production and Sales in International Department, shares, "I am very excited that Japan's Getsuku drama is reaching beyond its shore and expanding in Asia, and continues to further broadening its world. Please look forward to the new "tide" of dramas that transcends borders and languages."

Ryota Fujino, Fuji TV Producer of Drama Production in Programming Department, commented that "I've had several opportunies to work in Taiwan in the past, so I've always felt a close connection with this wonderful country, so I'm extremely happy to be able to make this drama in Taiwan. As a creator, there's nothing more gratifying if this drama would be any help for connecting Taiwan and Japan."

DETAILS
■Title   心有所屬(Chinese Title) / A Girl & Three Sweethearts in Taiwan (English working title)

■Broadcast Date   Mid-November, 2016
■Streaming Date   Mid-November, 2016 (Through Fuji TV On Demand)

■Cast   Shuhei Nomura, Sylvia Wang, Teddy (of SpeXial), David Chiu, Ting
■Screenwriter   Haruka Okita
■Producers   Satoshi Kubota (Worldwide Production and Sales, International Department of Fuji TV)
           Ryota Fujino (Drama Production, Production Department, Fuji TV)
           Jerry Fen (COMIC PRODUCTIONS)

About WAKUWAKU JAPAN
WAKUWAKU JAPAN is an entertainment channel which delivers a selection of popular Japanese programs, airing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with localized subtitles. In addition to four countries--Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand--, WAKUWAKU JAPAN has been officially launched in Taiwan on September 1, 2016, on five platforms including cable TV and IPTV. (Number of possible viewers and household: Approximately 4.7 million viewers (1.7 million households).

About COMIC PRODUCTION
Based in Taiwan, COMIC PRODUCTION is an acclaimed production company behind many popular romance TV shows, including the Taiwanese versions of "Boys over Flowers" and "Mischievous Kiss."

2016/07/14

Fuji TV footage to serve as reference for restoring quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle

We are delighted to announce that the drone footage from the Fuji TV-produced in-flight video program "SKY EYE – Message from the Sky" shot in 2013 serve as reference for restoration work on quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle.

The 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle suffered extensive damage by a series of powerful earthquakes that hit central Kyushu beginning on April 14, 2016. Work to repair collapsed stone walls, the tenshukaku (castle keep), and other damaged properties which are state-designated cultural assets, is now underway. As part of this initiative, Fuji TV's footage of the before-quake Kumamoto Castle captured using a remote-controlled drone has been entrusted to the team of restoration experts to serve as an important reference material to restore the historic castle back to its earlier grandeur and appearance.

Kiyoshi Hirai, an expert on, historical architecture commented that these aerial footage vividly captures rare close-up details and high-angle shots of the castle when it still had all of its structure intact, therefore it is extremely helpful in the long restoration process that lie ahead.

Aerial footage of Kumamoto Castle before the quake

Footage of Kumamoto Castle captured by drone in 2013

2016/07/11

Fuji TV signs strategic partnership agreement with
KKBOX Group to offer online streaming of its video content in Taiwan

"The Single Teacher Miss Hayako"

Fuji Television Network, Inc. (hereafter Fuji TV) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a strategic partnership with KKTV Co., Ltd. (hereafter KKTV), the first OTT video service introduced by Asia's top music streaming service provider KKBOX Group, to launch streaming of a variety of its dramas and variety shows in Taiwan, where demand for Japanese content is particularly high.

Since 2013, Fuji TV has been proactively providing many of its dramas via online VOD streaming services in North America, Central and South America, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Through this strategic partnership with KKTV, Fuji TV aims to further increase popularity and expand distribution of its content in Taiwan where it already enjoys a strong fan base.

KKTV was established in Taiwan in 2016 by KKBOX, an affiliate of KDDI. This new service is targeted towards the already-existing subscribers of KKBOX' streaming music service as well as younger generations of viewers who are accustomed to watching video content online.

Under the new partnership, Fuji TV will provide an array of its hit dramas from the past, including the recently-aired "The Single Teacher Miss Hayako" (series aired April to June 2016) and one of its brand-new original drama for the summer season "Natsuko Kira," which premieres on Thursday, July 21.

Comments from Fuji TV and KKTV executives and additional information

2016/07/01

Fuji TV hosts 44th International Emmy® Awards semi-final round of judging

International Emmy® Awards Semi-Final Round of Judging @ Fuji TV

Fuji Television is proud to announce another successful semi-final round of judging of the International Emmys that took place at its main headquarters on June 30th, 2016. This is Fuji TV’s fourth consecutive year to host the prestigious event, this year for the drama series category.

A selected panel of 12 TV experts from 4 countries and 2 regions, consisting of industry elites in Asia, viewed and critiqued 8 drama entries. It took the panel 8 hours of intensive judging to evaluate the selected dramas, followed by a dinner party at the Ristorante Mangiare Odaiba, a beautiful Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the majestic night view of Tokyo’s city lights.

The final round and the announcement of nominees for each category will take place in September this year. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will reveal the winners during the 44th Annual International Emmy® Awards presentation in New York come November.

Comments from the jurors and additional information

2016/04/25

Fuji Network to set up disaster relief charity for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

Fuji Network has set up a disaster relief charity SAZAE-SAN BOKIN asking everyone to contribute and extend support to those affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Monetary donations will be accepted until May 31, 2016, and all contirbutions will be sent to the earthquake victims via the Japanese Red Cross Society. Your help is deeply appreciated!

For more details about SAZAE-SAN BOKIN

2016/04/21

“The Scales of Death” receives Rockie Award Nomination at BANFF

"The Scales of Death"

Fuji TV’s original web animation series, “The Scales of Death” has been nominated for a Rockie Award in the Animation Category of this year’s Banff World Media Festival (BANFF). The Rockie Awards is the flagship program competition of BANFF that celebrates excellence in TV and digital content from around the world. This year, the nominees were selected by over 350 entertainment and media industry professionals from around the world with submissions that spanned more than 40 countries.
“The Scales of Death” is a short animation series that was released on Fuji TV’s On-Demand platform last summer in 2015. Set in modern times, the story follows the life of an anonymous assassin with special psychokinetic powers on his journey to complete his mission.

"The Scales of Death" On-Demand Official Website:
http://fod.fujitv.co.jp/s/genre/anime/ser5263 (Japanese)

For the full list of BANFF Rockie Award nominees, please visit:
http://banffmediafestival.com/rockie-awards/program-competition

For additional information about BANFF:
http://www.banffmediafestival.com/