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Netflix teams up with TBS’s The Seven in five-year Japanese production deal

L-R: Akira Morii and Tomofumi Akahane of The Seven and TBS Holdings’ Tatsuo Sugai

Netflix has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with Japanese production company The Seven, part of Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), to produce original live-action content.

The Seven will produce multiple original series made available exclusively to Netflix members in 190 countries. Details of the series being developed by the two companies have yet to be revealed.

The Seven’s development and production team is headed by creator/writer Akira Morii, who was behind the successful Netflix series Alice in Borderland and is now working on upcoming shows Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead and Yu Yu Hakusho for the streamer.

Japanese visual effects producer Tomofumi Akahane (Assassination Classroom, The Confidence Man JP, Yu Yu Hakusho) is also part of The Seven team and will help bring the stories to screen under the Netflix deal.

“There is a growing appetite for well-produced Japanese programming, both domestically and internationally, and together with The Seven, we’ll deliver our best shows and best stories to our members,” said Kaata Sakamoto, VP of content, Japan for Netflix.

“This collaboration further deepens our relationship with TBS, whose popular drama series are already being streamed on Netflix,” he added, referring to three Japanese series – drama Japan Sinks: People of Hope, variety show The Future Diary and comedy Let’s Get Divorced – that the streamer picked up last year.

The Netflix deal also gives The Seven access to a new studio lot in Midoriyama Studio City, Yokohama, of almost 1000 square metres, slated to be one of the largest and most advanced soundstages of its kind in Japan when completed next year, added Sakamoto.

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