TBS Programs Reaching Every Corner of the World
For more than 50 years, TBS has been a pioneering Japanese media company with its enterprising approach to international program sales. Tens of thousands of episodes from more than 1,000 TBS titles have been distributed to countries and territories around the world. TBS has also strengthened its ability to communicate with overseas markets - in addition to its official website, currently available in 80 different languages, TBS provides the latest information on its content via its official Facebook page, which has over 1 million followers, and through JAPACON, the only comprehensive portal for Japanese entertainment content.
SASUKE/Ninja Warrior is one of TBS’s many global hits. TBS began program format sales in the 1980s in cooperation with U.S. agent Bellon Entertainment, and has since been a major player in this field. America’s Funniest Home Videos, the U.S. version of a segment from the TBS variety entertainment program Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan, has been shown on the ABC network for 28 years, making it the longest-running entertainment program in ABC’s history. The highly popular reality game show Takeshi’s Castle and its format have been aired in 159 countries and territories, and in recent years localized versions have been produced in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
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TBS is an active player in the domestic and international anime markets, producing about 10 anime series each year. Since 2010, TBS has committed significant resources to presales and streaming anime programs. All its recent anime titles are streamed abroad immediately after broadcast in Japan. This has also been effective in combatting piracy.
TBS’s dramas have been popular overseas for many years. Most of its serial dramas are broadcast in Taiwan and Hong Kong immediately after being aired in Japan. In recent years, an increasing number of TBS dramas have been broadcast in Southeast Asian nations such as Thailand and Indonesia. TBS has sold drama remake (scripted format) rights to China and South Korea, and expects further growth in this genre.
From Small Town Girls to U.S. Champions?!
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TBS produces about five feature films annually and actively promotes its sales overseas at events including the Cannes Film Festival (Marché du Film) and the Hong Kong Filmart, where TBS has a booth every year.
In recent years, TBS has co-produced programs with other Asian broadcasters, including TV stations from Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. TBS teamed up with Vietnam Television (VTV) to produce a drama remake of Song of the Sun and the documentary The Colors of Japan. With Taiwan’s Formosa Television, we produced 3/11 Reconstruction project/Tour de TOHOKU 2017 and Appreciation Trip to Miyagi –Thank the Support from Taiwan for the Aftermath of 3/11. In Thailand, TBS is co-producing DokiDoki CHALLENGE!, a travel program series for children that encourages them to go on family trips to Japan.