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‘Cold Case’ to be adapted in Japan

MUMBAI: Wowow, a Japanese pay TV broadcaster, has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) to commission and co-produce a local-language version of the hit Jerry Bruckheimer Television–produced series “Cold Case.”

Wowow, through its branded original drama series label Drama W, will co-produce the new version of “Cold Case” together with WBITVP. Ten episodes have already been commissioned by Wowow and WBITVP, and are slated for premiere on Wowow this October.

The deal marks the first time that a local-language version of “Cold Case” will be produced for audiences outside of the US, where it was one of the top shows on CBS for seven seasons (2003–2010) and was called “an outstanding crime drama” by The Washington Post.

The original show, created by Meredith Stiehm, was set in Philadelphia and followed Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris starred in the US version), a homicide detective with the Philadelphia Police Department who specialises in “cold cases,” or investigations which are no longer actively pursued by the department.

Following similar story angles, the Japanese version of ‘Cold Case’ will be directed by Takafumi Hatano director of Japanese series ‘SP Series’ with Yamada Kosuke ‘Thin Godzilla’ serving as the director of photography. Writers on the show include Takahisa Zeze, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Ryuta Hourai and Hiroshi Hayashi.

Wowow has aired all of the original US episodes of ‘Cold Case’.

Wowow president Akira Tanaka said, “Our intentions are to offer WOWOW subscribers the highest quality television series and ‘Cold Case’ is a perfect example of our approach in doing so. We look to find the best partners, like Warner Bros. International Television Production, and find a way to work together to create something special for our audience. We believe we are achieving this with ‘Cold Case’ in Japan and look forward to introducing this spectacular new series this October.”

WBITVP senior VP, Creative, Format Development and Sales Andrew Zein said, “Warner Bros. is delighted that Wowow has identified ‘Cold Case’ as being the ideal scripted format to adapt for the Japanese audience.”