Envision Entertainment is a premium London-based media company specialising in international co-productions. Envision's core team consists of founder Michael Nakan (formerly of Joe Wright's Shoebox Films), HARRY POTTER producer David Barron and former HBO Europe CEO Linda Jensen.
In 2022, Envision will produce a UK-set series for a major American broadcaster and a US set series for a major global streaming platform.
Envision recently announced a scripted partnership with leading Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV. The first series from that partnership, CONNECTED, will air in April 2022.
What the industry press is saying about Envision Entertainment and CONNECTED:
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Meanwhile, “CONNECTED,” the first series under a co-production partnership between Japan’s Nippon TV and the U.K.’s Envision Entertainment, will launch worldwide format rights sales at the upcoming Series Mania Forum at Lille in March. With a concept inspired by Nippon TV’s scripted series “Double Booking,” “CONNECTED” will combine both online screens and conventional single camera set-ups unfolding in a shared universe where characters from all over the world are connected to each other through the internet using their online research skills to solve crimes and form an online community known as Homebound Detectives, working from their homes. The series has been designed to expand to localized versions, featuring diverse characters from different countries, while all belonging to the same shared online universe. The Japanese version of “CONNECTED,” which will air in Japan on Nippon TV in Apr. 2022, features a twenty-something Homebound Detective in Tokyo striving to solve a crime with the help of his international online peers. Envision Entertainment and Nippon TV are in advanced development for a U.K. version of “CONNECTED” which is set in the same shared universe.
Envision unveils debut Nippon drama
Crime drama Connected is first fruit of scripted pact with Japanese broadcaster
Michael Nakan’s Envision Entertainment has unveiled the first project from its international scripted pact with Japan’s Nippon TV.
Crime drama Connected was developed as a co-production between London-based Envision and broadcaster Nippon, and worldwide format rights will be offered at the upcoming Series Mania forum in Lille, France.
The Japanese show will air in Japan in April and act as a jump-off point for a series of international versions. The partners said “advanced development” was underway on a UK version set in the same universe.
Envision, which former HBO and Universal exec Nakan founded in January 2021, and Nippon struck a co-development deal last year to create several scripted projects with international format potential.
Connected is billed as an “innovative crime drama taking place largely online”. It was inspired by another Nippon series, Double Booking, which aired in Japan in 2020, and has the same production team, led by creative director Itaru Mizuno.
Using a combined online screen and conventional camera filming set-up, the show will follow a group of international sleuth characters who solve crimes around the world using superior internet research skills.
Nakan said Connected was “an infinitely flexible crime format which can combine stories in any number of languages and territories in an unobtrusive and believable way”.
“Our unique approach to hybrid communication between characters is a million miles away
from forced ‘Europudding’ co-productions,” he added.
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Nippon TV And Envision Entertainment Announce ‘CONNECTED’
Nippon TV and Envision Entertainment revealed the first project to come out of their co-producation partnership.
The first of several co-venture projects, CONNECTED is an innovative crime drama series that takes place largely online. The series follows sleuths from around the world who form the online community Homebound Detectives, who use their research skills to solve crimes.
The Japanese version of CONNECTED will debut on Nippon TV in Japan in April 2022. Nippon TV and Envision Entertainment are also in development for a U.K. version.
The worldwide format rights to CONNECTED will be offered at the upcoming Series Mania Forum.
Sayako Aoki, business producer of International Business Development at Nippon TV, commented, “What we believe is strong about CONNECTED is its relatability you may see in young fresh heroes and their struggles, not necessarily charismatic but charming, and that in how these multilayered and globally expanding stories are told through online and offline world just like how we experience these days. We will be thrilled to see Japanese ‘episode zero’ lead to UK version and to numerous more opportunities, diversifying the universe invented through this East-West collaboration.”
Nippon, Envision unveil first scripted coproduction Connected
Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV and London-based media company Envision Entertainment have unveiled the first project to emerge from their scripted coproduction alliance.
The two companies joined forces last year to combine their western and eastern sensibilities to develop new scripted projects for the global market.
The first project to emerge from the partnership is Connected, with worldwide format rights offered for the first time at the Series Mania Forum in Lille from March 22.
Connected is a crime drama series taking place largely online. The concept was inspired by Nippon TV’s scripted series Double Booking produced and broadcast in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, and the same production team led by Nippon’s creative director Itaru Mizuno is participating in this project.
The Japanese version of Connected will air in Japan on Nippon TV in April 2022 and features a twentysomething housebound detective in Tokyo struggling to solve a crime with the help of his international online peers.
Nippon & Envision get ‘CONNECTED’ in first scripted co-production
UK prodco Envision Entertainment and Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV have announced CONNECTED, a new scripted crime drama format, as the first project to result from their co-production partnership.
The two firms struck a deal last year that will see creators from both companies working together on content that will “combine their Western and Eastern sensibilities” for the global market
CONNECTED will combine both online screens and conventional single camera set- ups unfolding in a shared universe where characters from all over the world are ‘connected’ to each other through the internet using their superior online research skills to solve crimes.
The international sleuths form an exclusive online community known as Homebound Detectives, working primarily from their homes, whether it is in London, Seoul or Berlin, with their own problems, stories and mysteries to tackle.
The series has been specifically designed to expand to a number of localized versions, featuring diverse characters from different countries, while all belonging to the same shared online universe.
The Japanese version of CONNECTED will air in Japan on Nippon TV in April 2022 and features a twenty-something year old Homebound Detective in Tokyo struggling to solve a crime with the help of his international online peers
Envision Entertainment and Nippon TV are simultaneously in advanced development for a UK version of CONNECTED which is set in the same shared universe.
First teased last year, the series is based on Nippon TV’s Double Booking, which it produced and broadcast in 2020, with the series taking place largely online. It told the story of a man who booked an online date with two women at the same time – and faced some unexpected consequences.
Sayako Aoki, business producer, international business development, at Nippon TV, commented: “What we believe is strong about CONNECTED is its relatability you may see in young fresh heroes and their struggles, not necessarily charismatic but charming, and that in how these multilayered and globally expanding stories are told through online and offline world just like how we experience these days.”
Michael Nakan, CCO of Envision Entertainment, added: “Our unique approach to hybrid communication between characters is a million miles away from forced ‘Europudding’ co-productions and offers a genuinely seamless opportunity to tell stories with local resonance and international scale.’