Japan’s NHK, Canada’s NFB cozy up

Duo to establish 'creative laboratory'

TOKYO — Japanese pubcaster NHK and Canada’s National Film Board have extended their relationship.

NFB Commissioner Tom Perlmutter and NHK prexy Shigeo Fukuchi signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo on Monday, following one inked in 2003 supporting co-productions.

“We are moving away from a traditional co-production model to one where we come together to establish a creative laboratory that can take the programming risks that are not possible in the normal course of business,” said Perlmutter.

“We are extending the NFB model of prototyping and testing new ways of creation, often with new technologies, into the international sphere. And there is no better partner than NHK.”

 The partners plan to extend their cooperation in both high-definition and stereoscopic productions, as well as produce programs on environmental and social issues for multiple platforms.

 The pact celebrates NFB’s 70th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of NHK’s Educational Channel.


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