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Nippon TV, Turkey’s Sera Film agree unscripted co-development deal

MIPTV: Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV and Turkish independent production and distribution company Sera Film have agreed a co-development deal for an unscripted format.

Sayako Aoki

The agreement is to create a new international unscripted format for global exploitation, combining “Turkish storytelling with the creativity of Japanese fun and crazy gameshows,” according to the two companies.

The first project in development is a studio-based gameshow format targeting family viewers, and the production of a pilot episode is currently planned in Turkey. Further details are not yet available but the parties will be discussing the format with buyers here in Cannes this week.

Nippon TV’s activities in the unscripted format space have so far yielded global hit Dragons’ Den as well as Block Out, Mute It! and Red Carpet Survival. It has also worked with international companies on formats including Stacking It!, co-developed with ITV Studios, and 9 Windows, co-developed with The Story Lab.

Sera Film, meanwhile, was a pioneer in unscripted formats from Turkey, winning the best gameshow award at C21’s International Format Awards back in 2008 for its show The Encounter. It is also behind many local adaptations of international formats such as Dragons’ Den, Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Hold On to Your Seat, Total Recall, Style Date and Alphabet Game in Turkey.

Nippon TV’s Sayako Aoki, who works in sales and licensing and international business development, said: “Nippon TV has been engaged in great partnerships with Turkish companies for quite a while, focusing more on the scripted side. We are now excited to explore what the collaboration with Sera Film, the company which has previously beautifully produced Turkish version of our format Dragons’ Den, can bring to the unscripted format business.”


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