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    Tsuburaya Productions and TBS Television Partner For New Content Production

    Tsuburaya Productions has announced a new partnership with TBS Television. Logos courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Chairman and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) has formed an alliance with TBS Television Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Taku Sasaki) and reached an agreement to jointly plan and develop new content.

    Tsuburaya Productions, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this April, began its history as a co-production with TBS Television with ULTRA Q (broadcast in 1966), followed by ULTRAMAN (broadcast in 1966) and ULTRASEVEN (broadcast in 1967).

    The firt partnerships between Tsuburaya Productions and TBS Television led to the creation of classic shows like ULTRAMAN and ULTRASEVEN. Photos courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    In addition to the producers, the development of the Ultraman Series was led by Hajime Tsuburaya, eldest son of Tsuburaya Productions founder Eiji Tsuburaya, and other unique creators from TBS Television, including Toshihiro Iijima (director of ULTRAMAN Episode 2: SHOOT THE INVADER introducing Alien Baltan, among others) and Akio Jissoji (director of ULTRAMAN Episode 23: MY HOME IS EARTH with Jamila, among others), and led to the broadcast of works that became the "foundation" for Tsuburaya Productions in its early days.

    The Ultraman Series has changed with the times and has been broadcast, distributed, held live events, and been commercialized in a variety of ways both in Japan and overseas. In recent years, the series has accelerated its overseas development, particularly in Asia and North America, and its fan base continues to expand beyond regional, generational, and gender boundaries.

    Tsuburaya Productions will once again promote the development of innovative and creative new content through this partnership with TBS Television.

    Specific details will be announced as soon as they are decided. The first announcement is scheduled for this fall. Please keep an eye out for it.


    TBS Television Network Inc. Profile
    Establishment Date: March 21, 2000 (Company Name Changed October 1, 2004)
    Address: 5-3-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Representative Director: Taku Sasaki, President
    Official Website:


    Tsuburaya Productions Co.. Ltd. Profile
    Establishment Date: April 12, 1963
    Address: Shibuya Garden Tower, 16-17 Nanpeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Representative Director and President: Masayuki Nagatake
    Company Website:

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years’ experience, it is one of Japan’s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.

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