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Fuji TV To Produce Original Content For Netflix

Fuji Television has decided to produce and provide original content to Netflix U.S., the world’s leading internet television network that boasts a membership of approximately 62 million subscribers in 50 countries. There will be two productions: a new series of Terrace House, called Terrace House New Season Coming (tentative title), and drama serial Atelier (Japanese Title; Underwear). In addition, both productions will be forerunners in being broadcast for distribution to exclusively premiere on Netflix globally. This international distribution of Fuji Television content using the world-wide Netflix service increases the opportunity for people across the globe to view Fuji Television content, and is a momentous opportunity to boost Fuji Television branding. The credit of “Fuji Television presents” will be seen together with Netflix’s logo in global distributions. Both series are scheduled to be distributed on Fuji TV On Demand (FOD), a video and comic distribution service, in addition to broadcast television, after their initial exclusive distribution on Netflix.

Fuji Television hopes that this content will be able to utilize the strategic expansion of its content that has used the “4M” media, i.e., broadcast television, BS, CS, and the internet, which has been spelled out in previous plans.

【Comments】
Greg Peters (President, Japan Netflix K.K.)
“Netflix will commence its service in Japan this fall. We feel that Japanese content is paramount in order for all of Japan to enjoy our service. We are extremely happy that we can be involved in providing original series in Japan with Fuji Television, which has an established reputation in producing content that is especially popular with young people. We believe in our vision of “Connecting the world through amazing stories” and will continue to concentrate our efforts on producing amazing content. We hope to use the opportunities from this project to transmit Japan’s amazing content to our customers in Japan and across the globe.”

Toru Ota (Senior Executive Managing Director, Fuji Television Network, Inc.)
“With the launch of Netflix in Japan, Fuji TV has decided to produce and provide the first-ever Japanese original content on Netflix. We have taken this bold initiative as we firmly believe it is a meaningful and significant endeavor in the context of the future of the television business. Even with the evolution of infrastructure and devices, we believe the most important factor in the end is the level of capability in content production. These two new shows will allow us to demonstrate to the world the high quality of our content and production standard. There are many areas where we feel the same as Netflix, including being proactive in producing original shows, such as House of Cards, and attitudes regarding handling of content. These are just some of the reasons behind our decision to undertake this project.”

【Content Outline】
Title: TERRACE HOUSE NEW SEASON COMING (tentative) 
Distribution commencement date: Scheduled for this fall
Number of episodes: 18 (TBD)
Staff:
-Programming Planning: Dai Ota (Fuji Television)
-Chief Producer: Ayaka Matsumoto (East Entertainment)
-Producer: Yasunori Suzuki (East Entertainment)
-Director: Masato Maeda (East Entertainment)
Production & Copyright: Fuji Television Network, Inc./East Entertainment
Official Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/terrace-house

Title: Atelier (Japanese Title; Underwear)
Distribution commencement date: Scheduled for this fall
Number of episodes: 13 (TBD)
Staff:
-Screenplay: Adachi Naoko (Rich Man, Poor Woman; Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu)
-Director: Ryuta Ogata (Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, The Metropolitan Police    Missing Person Investigation Section)
-Music: Tim Wynn (Fuji Television NEXT, Tokyo Control; Lucky Seven)
-Producer: Daisuke Sekiguchi (SP; Rich Man, Poor Woman)
Production: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Production cooperation: FILM

【Company Outline】
Netflix K.K.
Company name: Netflix K.K.
Representative: Greg Peters, General Manager
Head office address: 3-11-13, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Established: July24, 2014
URL: http://www.netflix.com

Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Company name: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Representative: Chihiro Kameyama, President and COO
Head office address: 2-4-8, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 137-8088
Established: October 1, 2008 (following an incorporation-type company split)
URL: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/

Source: Fuji Television