MIPCOM: Germany's Red Arrow, Japan's Nippon TV Strike Production Partnership

The Last Cop Still 2014
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The deal will see the two companies collaborate on formats and other programming for the international market.

German production and distribution company Red Arrow Entertainment and Japan's Nippon TV on Monday announced a co-development partnership at MIPCOM.

Under the deal, NTV and Red Arrow will cooperate on developing new entertainment and reality formats for the global market, with the first project to be announced shortly.

"Back in 2008, Michael Schmidt brought our format Masquerade to the ProSiebenSat.1 Group with a German adaptation. Since then, we have nurtured a strong creative partnership, and I believe this new alliance is something that was meant to be," said NTV divisional president Yukiko Kimishima.

"Nippon TV is an entertainment powerhouse run by a team of incredibly dedicated and creative people. Together we have forged a long-standing and trusting business relationship, the highlight so far being the successful Japanese remake of our hit show The Last Cop," said Schmidt, chief creative officer of Red Arrow. "I am excited to have formalized our collaboration and am looking forward to hit the international market with great formats from our combined development teams."

Red Arrow's portfolio includes 13 TV production companies across 7 countries, a global distribution house in Red Arrow International and Los Angeles-based MCN Collective Digital Studios.

NTV was the first commercial broadcaster in Japan when it came on air in 1953.

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