Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: One-Year Anniversary

The world watched helplessly as the earthquake and subsequent tsunami took down the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011. Through our close partnership with NHK- Japan’s number one source for news—we were able to help bring NHK’s firsthand coverage of the tragic turn of events and aftermath to other broadcasters and producers worldwide.

March 11th marks the one-year anniversary of the unprecedented natural disaster and documentarians around the world have taken note – eager to investigate and record the effects of the largest nuclear disaster of the century. Among these projects, we are proud to congratulate and highlight two of our client’s on their productions, both of which recently aired on PBS in light of the one-year anniversary:

Japan’s Killer Quake
Our specialized documentary research team worked with UK-based Pioneer Productions team to license footage for ‘Japan’s Killer Quake’, an investigative documentary questioning whether or not science and technology can ever truly prevent devastation in the face of overwhelmingly powerful forces of nature. The editorial content Pioneer Productions used features a range of footage from our NHK archives . The footage covers many subjects – from the aftermath of home & business destruction to shots of nuclear reactors. The program originally premiered on NOVA last March and re-aired this past week on PBS. For more information on ‘Japan’s Killer Quake,’ and to watch the full program click here.

Nuclear Aftershocks
We also worked with Palfreman Film Group, Inc. and WGBH FRONTLINE to license footage for ‘Nuclear Aftershocks,’ which originally aired on PBS last month. In the gripping report, FRONTLINE travels to three continents to explore the debate about nuclear power: “Is it safe? What are the alternatives? And could a Fukushima-style disaster happen in the U.S.?” The production companies utilized NHK footage that recounted the immediate response efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. For more information and the full broadcast of ‘FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks,’ click here.

Through our partnership with NHK, Thought Equity Motion offers video of the Japan tsunami and earthquake available for use in editorial and news distribution. To browse our selection of footage from NHK covering the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear aftershock, click here.

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