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Fuji sells docs to France’s ARTE

Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV has sold a number of its documentaries to French cultural network ARTE.

The French channel, which is available via cable, satellite and digital terrestrial, as well as cable in Germany, has acquired five of Fuji’s factual shows.

It has bought On the Brink of Extinction: The Taron Tribe, which follows the last Asian pygmy tribe, Elegy for the Women Peddler’s of Tokyo, which looks at elderly women who sell vegetables in the Japanese capital, Women Who Love the Sanja Matsuri, explaining the Japanese festival, My Father is the Last Hawker and Professor Boar’s Challenge.

Russell Yoost, assistant director, international, Fuji TV, says it has found success in the international market selling documentaries and formats rather than drama programming. “We are working with ARTE on the sale of our sixth documentary now,” he said.