London, 01 December 2011: FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world, and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a leading Japanese TV and radio broadcaster, today announce a deal that will include a review of the channel’s extensive catalogue as the companies collaborate to identify shows with a broader international appeal and develop these programmes into global formats.
Mr. Satoshi Wakisaka, President, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, said: “We are delighted to be working with FremantleMedia on such an exciting project. ABC has a diverse range of variety and reality shows in its catalogue, and we’re also continually developing new programming. FremantleMedia’s reputation for transforming Japanese content into formats for a global market is second to none and we are looking forward to working with them to further extend the value of our catalogue now and in future.”
Mr. Gary Carter, COO, FremantleMedia said: “FremantleMedia is excited by this opportunity to collaborate with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation and to continuing the outstanding success we’ve had in bringing the unique creativity, sense of energy and originality of Japanese entertainment to global audiences. ABC’s catalogue spans back over half a century, and until now it has mainly been for the enjoyment of Japanese viewers. We see great potential in their current and future content and we’re looking forward to working with them to entertain viewers around the world.”