FilmRise and Fuji Television Network, Inc. Enter Exclusive Deal to Stream Hit Japanese Cooking Show “Iron Chef” to Audiences – 7 Seasons of Hit Cooking Battle Series Included in Deal
FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, announces its exclusive agreement with Fuji Television Network, Inc. through its distribution arm Fuji Creative Corporation to bring the Japanese food series to domestic and international audiences at success, “iron boss.” FilmRise has secured all SVOD and AVOD rights and will also premiere the series on its FilmRise streaming network. The announcement was made jointly by Max Einhorn, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Coproductions at FilmRise and Masaru Akiyama, Senior Director at Fuji Television, Network, Inc.
says Einhorn, “iron boss” is a legendary brand and the true godfather of the modern cooking competition format and, as the originator of secret ingredient showdowns and the benchmark for theater and drama, it’s easy to see why an entire American network reinvented itself after seeing the passion for Iron Chef. We can’t wait to bring it to old and new fans to stream it around the world.
Masaru Akiyama of Fuji Television Network, Inc. continues “iron boss” was a groundbreaking series, inspiring eight highly successful international editions, and has instantly become a cult fan favorite in the United States since its original airing in 1999. By partnering with FilmRise and connecting to their streaming network, we will be able to reach our loyal fans seamlessly and build new fans for the series around the world.”
“Iron Boss” is an innovative cooking competition from Japan. No expense is spared as the chefs seem to have an almost limitless supply of the most exotic and expensive gourmet ingredients. The contest, hosted by Chairman Kaga, introduces a “secret ingredient” that the challenger and chosen Iron Chef must incorporate into each dish. Each chef presents their dishes to a panel of 3-4 judges who score the dishes to crown a winner. All competitions take place in a specially designed “kitchen stadium”.
After the program ended its run in Japan in 1999 after premiering 290 episodes, eight international territories created their own editions, including “Iron Chef: America”, “Iron Chef: Israel”, “Iron Chef: United Kingdom” , “Iron Chef: Australia”. “, “Iron Chef: Thailand”, “Iron Chef: Indonesia”, “Iron Chef: Vietnam” and “Iron Chef: Canada”, reinforcing his loyal international following.
The deal was brokered by Jonitha Keymoore at FilmRise and Francois Grosjean at Fuji Creative Corporation.
On Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Since the broadcasts began in 1959, Fuji Television has shared countless stories of love and friendship, good and bad. As a pioneer, we have stayed ahead of these rapidly changing times by delivering innovative dramas, animations, variety shows, newscasts, sports programs and movies. This is the very reason why Fuji Television has been able to maintain its position as the leading commercial broadcaster in the Japanese media industry.
Fuji Television’s vision of allowing its creativity to go beyond things that are only Japanese, has helped it gain acceptance around the world. The one-of-a-kind cooking show “Iron Chef” became a huge hit after entering the American market in the 1990s. “Iron Chef” has since become the model for creating shows that will delight audiences around the world. whole world.
With over 60 years of experience, Fuji Television has accumulated deep expertise and knowledge in producing successful television shows and formats, driving dramatic remakes in local markets as well as co-producing original programs with major foreign production companies. By leveraging these skills and our creative DNA, we continue to expand into new markets around the world, bringing Japanese creativity to a wider audience.
Fuji Creative Corporation specializes in both the distribution and production of quality television programming for domestic and overseas markets as a subsidiary of Fuji Television Network, Inc. Thoroughly experienced in distribution and licensing, the company has been providing overseas markets with high quality programs, such as in anime, dramas, reality shows and documentaries and program formats for over 30 years.
FilmRise is a Brooklyn-based film and television studio and operator of the FilmRise streaming network, the world’s largest independent portfolio of ad-supported streaming apps and FAST channels. Founded in 2012 by veteran producers and financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein, FilmRise is a recognized market leader and innovator at the cutting edge of analytics-driven preservation and distribution.
The company offers more than 40,000 licensed and originally produced scripted and unscripted feature films and television episodes across all genres, including Gordon Ramsay’s HELL’S KITCHEN and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES; the beloved Carsey-Werner sitcom 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN; the Robert Stack-hosted true-crime series UNSOLVED MYSTERIES; high-tech documentary crime series like FORENSIC FILES; classic American television series THE RIFLEMAN, THIS GIRL and THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW; longtime British favorites such as PEEP SHOW, SHAMELESS, MIRANDA, MIDSOMER MURDERS and DOC MARTIN; as well as the popular family series HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN and HEARTLAND.
The company acquires and distributes an impressive library of award-winning and critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries, including the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary winner and three-time 2021 Emmy nominee REWIND; the crime thriller MY FRIEND DAHMER starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche; the two-time 2020 Spirit Award-nominated drama DRIVEWAYS, starring Hong Chau and Brian Dennehy; SURGE, winner of the 2020 Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize with Ben Whishaw; and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning feature THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Original FilmRise productions include true crime series BLOODLINE DETECTIVES HOSTED BY NANCY GRACE and MEET, MARRY, MURDER HOSTED BY MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG, conflict resolution show THE MEDIATOR WITH ICE-T as well as PBS documentary series ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS.