News      |      Events

NHK to air 10 children’s docos on 10th anniversary of ABU project

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has announced its schedule for airing young people’s drama from 10 Asia-Pacific countries to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ABU Children’s Drama Co-production Series.

NHK says it has scheduled the short dramas on NHK Educational TV over five days from 28 July to 1 August 2014 to demonstrate its support for young drama producers across the region.

“The dramas offer children across Asia a glimpse inside the lives of their own generation in neighbouring countries,” a spokesperson said. “This project also serves as a training program for young people in the field of broadcasting. Producers from NHK’s drama programs division provide guidance on all aspects from story proposal, script writing, filming, editing, to post-production. NHK’s technical staffs also visit production sites as instructors. In regions preparing for digitized TV production, they teach various skills and know-how like the operation of High-Vision cameras.”

Each year, producers from ABU members make a 15-minute drama episode starring children between the ages of seven to nine. The dramas are exchanged between participants and are broadcast on each other’s channels. So far, 90 works in from different countries and regions have been made and broadcast.

The 10 dramas to be aired on NHK, dubbed in Japanese along with commentaries on cultural and social backgrounds, are: Little Samurai from NHK-Japan; Vacation, MNB-Mongolia; Dhia The Puppet Master, RTM-Malaysia; Intan, RTB-Brunei; Three Friends, EBS-South Korea; Willow tree, BBS-Bhutan; Stick Math, TVRI-Indonesia; Our School, PBS-Thailand; Two Brothers, BTV-Bangladesh; Water Turbine SLRC-Sri Lanka.