Both companies extend long-term partnership to co-produce local language content for global audiences

Nippon TV’s New Sunday Drama Series “The Files of Young Kindaichi” Will Air on Disney+ in Japan and Worldwide for the First Time

Tokyo, March 10, 2022 – Nippon TV Holdings, the leading diversified international media organization and the parent company of Nippon TV, today announced a strategic collaboration with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd., one of the world’s leading entertainment companies. The collaboration will include the co-production of local language content ranging from drama series, animation to variety shows on Disney+ for Japanese and global audiences and the availability of both companies’ content on their respective platforms.

The latest edition of Nippon TV’s popular drama series “The Files of Young Kindaichi” (starring Naniwa Danshi’s Shunsuke Michieda) will begin airing on Nippon TV from April 2022 and will then be available on Disney+ for Japanese audiences and global. This is the first time Nippon TV content will be available to viewers around the world on Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer platform.

Yoshikuni Sugiyama, Managing Director, President of Nippon Television Holdings, Inc., said, “Disney is a global entertainment leader and a longtime valued partner for us. Over the years, we have worked together on many business initiatives, including our broadcast of Disney titles on “Friday Roadshow”. It is an incredible honor to be able to further develop our relationship and join forces to advance our global expansion. I look forward to leveraging the creativity, broad reach and brand power that both companies possess to bring Japanese content to viewers around the world. »

“As Disney enters the world of local content production, we are thrilled to expand our collaboration with Nippon TV Holdings as one of our strategic partners, starting with a title that is hugely popular with audiences of all Asia Pacific,” said Carol Choi, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.. “It’s a perfect fit for Disney because we focus on stories that connect people across generations and places, and stories that move people. We look forward to longer-term collaboration opportunities with Japanese creators, to bring the world’s best stories and Japan’s creative excellence to the world stage.”

On “The Files of Young Kindaichi”
Based on an original manga that has over 100 million copies circulating in 12 countries and also enjoying immense popularity as an anime series, this is the fifth season of “The Files of Young Kindaichi.” as a television series.
The series has been a mystery-solving drama with a rich history since its debut on Nippon TV in 1995, garnering huge ratings every time a new series airs.

Title: Young Kindaichi’s Files
First episode broadcast slot: Sunday, April 24, 10:00 p.m. (first episode extended by 30 minutes)
To throw: Shunsuke Michieda (Hajime Kindaichi), Moka Kamishiraishi (Miyuki Nanase), Ikki Sawamura (Isamu Kenmochi)

About Nippon TV Holdings
Nippon Television Holdings, Inc. is a leading diversified international media organization with more than 50 subsidiaries and affiliates. It became the first company to enter the commercial broadcast business in Japan and has grown to operate the following segments: media content business, life and health business, and real estate business. Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), the ratings-winning broadcaster and owner of streaming giant Hulu in Japan, is the main driver of the Media Content Business segment. The main pillar of the Life and Health-Related Business segment is TIPNESS Limited, which operates comprehensive fitness clubs. The real estate-related business segment generates rental and leasing revenue from tenants in Tokyo’s Shiodome and Bancho districts. Nippon Television Holdings, Inc. was established in October 1952 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit https://www.ntvhd.co.jp/english/

About Japanese TV
Nippon TV is Japan’s leading cross-platform entertainment powerhouse and ratings-winning broadcaster, as well as the owner of streaming giant Hulu in Japan. Over 90% of its content intellectual property is wholly owned by Nippon TV, and the company is actively working to commercialize its content in the international market in the form of ready-made programs, formats and co-production partnerships. One of the biggest hits from the country’s top all-genre program producer is Emmy Award-winning Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank, a globally successful commercial program format that has 45 releases in more than 186 countries on all continents of the world. Additionally, their hit drama series Mother has also achieved global success as the most exported scripted format outside of Asia, with its format sales in South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Thailand, in China, Indonesia and Spain. The company is also known for its TV game formats that appeal to viewers. BLOCK OUT is an action-packed game show format that has been adapted in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Spain and the Netherlands. The award-winning unscripted format Mute it! and Sokkuri Sweets were both produced in the Netherlands. Sokkuri Sweets/Eye Candy is on The Roku Channel in the US, UK and Canada. As evidenced by the company’s success, Nippon TV is leveraging its coveted platform to revolutionize digital media in an ever-changing industry to cement its presence and brand as a global media leader. For more information, please visit https://www.ntv.co.jp/english/index.html

About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media company that includes Disney parks, experiences and products; Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution; and four content groups – Studios, General Entertainment, Sports and International – focused on developing and producing content for DTC, theatrical and linear platforms.
For more information, visit https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/

About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, plus The Simpsons and more. In some international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The Walt Disney Company’s flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers ad-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and TV entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest Walt Disney Studios releases. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle which gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. To learn more, visit disneyplus.com or search for the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.

Sheila Morris
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