NHK, Canada's Film Board Team Up

The National Film Board of Canada and Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) said Wednesday that they have pacted to develop new programming and technology for the digital universe. The Canadian and Japanese partners signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo that aims to pool expertise to jointly develop high-definition and stereoscopic 3-D productions, for example.

NFB chair Tom Perlmutter said that the publicly funded Canadian producer will work with NHK "to establish a creative laboratory that can take the programming risks ... not possible in the normal course of business."

The NFB and NHK also will help each other celebrate their upcoming 70th and 50th anniversaries, respectively.

By Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter