A Step Forward Takes Best Pitch At TTVF

JAPANESE documentary maker Atsushi Kasezawa’s A Step Forward picked up The Best Pitch Award 2012 in the second edition of the Tokyo TV Forum (TTVF) held December 10-12.

The three-day event, organized by the Association of All Japan TV Programme Production Companies, featured 26 projects being pitched to commissioners and decision makers from around the globe, among them BBC’s Nick Fraser, France Television’s Ann Julienne, and Discovery Canada’s Paul Lewis. The event was sponsored by Japanese government ministries and organizations, media companies and Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Beyond The Wave, which won the 2011 Best Pitch Award, inked a co-production deal last year with WDR, BBC and NHK for a soon to be completed project, noted TTVF director Yukihiko Amagi.

Two of this year’s pitches also came from Korea and Taiwan. Best Pitch A Step Forward involves a pastor who lives together with people who have said they are contemplating suicide.

Amagi, a senior Japanese media executive for more than 40 years, was also awarded the Chevalier of Order of Arts And Letters by the French government during the event for his service to France. France has been an enthusiastic co-production partner in many documentaries coming out of Japan. Amagi began his career as a producer at NHK involved in a number of documentary production and co-production projects. As head of its NHK Special Programmes, he was responsible for overseeing more than 100 documentaries a year. He also served as president of NHK subsidiary Media International Corporation (MICO) until it merged with NHK Enterprises in 2010.