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KTV commissions ‘Time Out’ series from Zig Zag Productions & Yoshimoto Kogyo

16 Sep 2013

Japanese broadcaster orders game show Co production partners also announce new slo-mo game show format ‘Split/ Second’

(8th April 2013 – London) Leading independent TV production company Zig Zag Productions and Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo today announce their game show format co production ‘Time Out’ has been commissioned by Japan’s KTV.

Zig Zag and Yoshimoto recently co produced a successful pilot of the show that received favorable ratings and has triggered the commission of a full season of the show which will be renamed ‘Giridome’ in Japan.

The KTV commission follows the announcement of another game show co production between Zig Zag and Yoshimoto – the slow motion format ‘Split/ Second’ – which was introduced to buyers for the first time this week at MIPFormats in Cannes.

‘Split/Second’ is an innovative new game show format that pits contestants against each other in a heart-stopping elimination game of general knowledge skill, observation and lightning fast reactions. Zig Zag and Yoshimoto are co producing Japanese and English language versions of the show.

“‘We’re delighted to be working with Yoshimoto and KTV on ‘Time Out’. We’re confident the show’s full season will perform just as strongly as the pilot did and hope this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership” said CEO of Zig Zag Productions, Danny Fenton. “And we’re also happy to announce ‘Split/Second’, a show that we feel is the original and the best slow motion based entertainment format. We’re confident it will be well received by broadcast partners as we unveil it at MIPFormats for the first time.”

“Zig Zag believed in us and our international co-production model and we are thrilled with this successful partnership that combines the best of the East and the West.” said Aki Yorihiro, CEO of Yoshimoto Entertainment USA, the U.S. operating subsidiary of Yoshimoto Kogyo. “We are thrilled to announce ‘Split/ Second’ with Zig Zag. We are confident that the excitement and the amazing visuals of the show will entertain viewers around the globe” said CEO of Yoshimoto Entertainment USA, the U.S. operating subsidiary of Yoshimoto Kogyo.

Executive producer for both shows are for Danny Fenton for Zig Zag and Aki Yorihiro for Yoshimoto.

About Zig Zag Productions:
Zig Zag Productions is a young innovative television production company, well respected for its eclectic approach to programme making. The company focuses on making high quality, good value television programmes for the global market that are distinct in attitude and tone. Started by Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton in 1999, Zig Zag has made almost 500 hours of programming to date. Ranging from top end factual documentaries to ground breaking entertainment series, Zig Zag caters for a varied range of worldwide broadcasters. The company is based in bespoke offices in Clerkenwell, London with a U.S. office based in New York. Zig Zag was recently voted the 5th most respected U.K Production Company by its peers in the Televisual Top 100. http://www.zigzag.uk.com/

About Yoshimoto:
Yoshimoto Kogyo, a 101 year old entertainment empire headquartered in Tokyo and Osaka, is the largest independent television production and talent management company in Japan. Taken private in 2009 in a transaction led by former Sony Chairman Nobuyuki Idei, its shareholders include major Japanese television broadcasters (Fuji TV, Nippon Television, TV Asahi, Tokyo Broadcasting System, TV Tokyo, Asahi Broadcasting), advertisement agencies (Dentsu, Hakuhodo), major mobile and internet providers (Yahoo! Japan, KDDI, Softbank), motion picture studios (Toho, Kadokawa, Shochiku) and financial institutions (Sumitomo Mitsui, Mizuho). Yoshimoto Entertainment USA is the U.S. operating company for Yoshimoto Kogyo based in Santa Monica, California.

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