Netflix Pacts With The Seven for More Japanese Live-Action Originals
Netflix has signed a five year strategic partnership with The Seven, a production house subsidiary of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings. This partnership will help Japan’s content ambitions. The agreement will see The Seven’s creative team produce “multiple original live-action titles that will only be available to Netflix,” said the two partners Tuesday. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The agreement is a continuation of previous work Netflix did with TBS and The Seven’s creative team. Akira Morii, the head of development and production at The Seven recently worked closely with the streamer to produce the hit Japanese original Alice In Borderland ,, which will return for a second season next year. TBS shows have also been acquired by Netflix, including Japan sinks: People of Hope The Future Diary ,, and Let’s Get Divorced.
Morii is already working with Netflix on several forthcoming Japanese originals — including Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead and Yu Yu Hakusho — and he will drive development for all of the live-action shows produced under the new partnership. Meanwhile, Tomofumi Akahane, The Seven’s visual effects producer (known for Assassination Classroom, The Confidence Man JP, among others), will helm the collaboration’s VFX needs.
Tatsuo Sugai, president of The Seven, stated that “The Seven’s mission it to deliver compelling moments to audiences around the globe with stories developed and produced using completely new methods right here in Japan.” “Today, our team is finally at its starting line. We are joined by producers with global experience and a business team that has access to state-of-the-art production facilities. We are accelerating to bring the best-in-class stories to the globe, thanks to our partnership with Netflix.”
Morii added: “The success Alice at Borderland convinced me that stories from Japan can reach international audiences.” It’s a great example of how compelling visuals created by Japanese local creators can touch the hearts of worldwide fans .”
The Seven team also has an agreement in place that will give it access to an expansive new production facility of over 10,000 square feet, currently under construction in Midoriyama Studio City in Yokohama, Japan. This facility is expected to be the most modern and largest soundstage in Tokyo, which is experiencing a shortage of studio space due to a growing local production boom.
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