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Toronto, January 21, 2015 – Hot Docs will present Takahiro Hamano with the 2015 Doc Mogul Award, which recognizes an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad. Senior producer in the programming department for NHK, Hamano will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in his honour to be held on Tuesday, April 28, during the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 23 to May 3, in Toronto. The luncheon will be hosted by Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Networks in Canada.

“Takahiro has been a driving force for documentaries at NHK over the past 25 years, where he has championed so many outstanding international co-productions,” says Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “We are proud to consider him a great friend of the Festival, and his regular participation at Hot Docs and dozens of other international markets has been instrumental in building bridges from Japan to the world documentary community.”

“I feel surprised and tremendously honoured to have received the prestigious Doc Mogul Award. When my colleague and I first participated in Hot Docs in 2003, we were the only Japanese filmmakers there. Since then, we have been able to collaborate with partners from around the world, thanks to NHK’s help and the incredible support of the various documentary filmmakers and commissioning editors to whom we give the utmost respect. I would like to take this opportunity to extend to them my sincerest thanks,” says Hamano.

Hamano began his career in 1990 at NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, producing and directing more than 30 social issue and current affair programs. He studied interactive media at the American Film Institue in Los Angeles in 2000. Upon his return to Japan, Hamano began working on international co-productions in high definition (HD) for NHK, including: RUSSIAN ARK (2003), winner of the 2002 Visions Award at the Toronto International Film Festival; CUTTING EDGE: THE MAGIC OF MOVIE MAKING (2004); KAMATAKI (2005), winner of six awards at the 2005 Montréal World Film Festival; Martin Scorsese’s BOB DYLAN: NO DIRECTION HOME (2005); Emmy and BAFTA Award-nominated SUPER VOLCANO (2005); and WAR HOSPITAL (2005). He participated in the Hot Docs Forum in 2003, pitching STOLEN LIVES, which was later broadcast on NHK. In 2007 Hamano launched FRONTIER, a 90-minute documentary slot on NHK’s HD channel that broadcasts internationally renowned creative documentaries. By 2010, he co-produced and purchased more than 20 TV programs per year for FRONTIER, most notably: FOUR WINGS AND A PRAYER (2007); SUPERSTORM (2007); BUG TRAINER (2008); WATERLIFE (2009), winner of the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2009; and NANO REVOLUTION (2010). He also co-produced the award-winning JOURNEY TO THE DISASTER ZONE: JAPAN 3/11 (2011), a program that looks at the future of Fukushima after it was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, which was broadcast on CBC’s The Nature of Things. Hamano spent five years at NHK Enterprises, a production and distribution company of NHK, where he produced UZUMASA LIMELIGHT (2014), winner of the Best Feature Cheval Noir award at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival in Montréal, Canada. He also produces his own documentaries and champions international co-productions in Japan, assisting in the 2012 launch of the country’s first pitching session Tokyo Docs.

Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include DR TV’s Mette Hoffmann Meyer (2014), Women Make Movies’ Debra Zimmerman (2013), Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann (2012), IDFA’s Ally Derks (2011), Films Transit International’s Jan Rofekamp (2010), HBO’s Sheila Nevins (2009), BBC’s Nick Fraser (2008), and Knowledge Network’s Rudy Buttignol (2007).


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 – May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank as its Presenting Platinum Partner, and Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.

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