Nippon TV and Medyapim celebrated success of Mother and Woman in Ankara

Both companies celebrated the success of the two Nippon TV’s dramas Mother and Woman at a joint conference held last Friday in Ankara, Turkey.

Executives from the Japanese broadcaster and Turkish production house came together with the Japanese Embassy in Turkey and Ankara University to celebrate the good moment of these dramas that have become mega hits in Turkey and in foreign markets.

In attendance were Akio Miyajima, the Japanese Ambassador to Turkey, Fatih Aksoy, CEO of Medyapim, Ozge Ozpirincci, lead actress of Kadin (Woman), Kako Kuwahara, MD of Nippon TV, and the three creators of Mother and Woman, including Hisashi Tsugiya, producer, Nobuo Mizuta, director and Yuji Sakamoto, award-winning scriptwriter.

The event was held at Ankara University where dignitaries, press, and students from the communications department, were in attendance to hear the Japanese and Turkish creators discuss their views, beliefs, and experiences in what it takes to create a hit drama series that is appreciated and enjoyed around the world.

A video was shown comparing the Japanese version and the Turkish version highlighting the similarities and differences between the two dramas and how each producer adapted the story to coincide with their local viewers.

Tsugiya explained: ‘It was an honor for me to share my passion for Mother and Woman with this wonderful group in Turkey. The high level of production value, coupled with the skillful adaptation, that Fatih and his team created with their versions of Anne and Kadin greatly exceeded my expectations’.

Aksoy added: ‘What a privilege for me to be acknowledged by the Japanese Embassy, the team from Nippon TV, and the students from Ankara University. Anne and Kadin have both proven to be a ratings success in Turkey thanks to the amazing story created by Nippon TV. Stories with that deepness and elegance is not usual neither in Turkish television nor in world television. We try to keep all element of stories while in adaptation and I am proud of achieving this and it has been a tremendous pleasure to bring these stories to life’.