Shows or dramas that are produced by two production companies, each in different countries.
Especially in the most recent decades, an animated TV show has always been produced by at least two studios in some way, since animation is expensive and labor-intensive.
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- Afro Samurai — Written and animated by Studio GONZO (Japan); cast, produced and distributed by FUNimation Entertainment (USA)
- The Animatrix — Features nine segments across which animation, writing and directing duties are handled by American, Korean, and (mostly) Japanese talent.
- The first Bakugan Battle Brawlers series was a fully Japanese production (TMS Entertainment and Japan Vistec along with SEGA TOYS Co.), but follow-up series New Vestroia and Gundalian Invaders were made in conjunction with North American licensors Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master (both Canadian), due to the fact that the original series was far more popular in Canada and the US than it was in Japan and the local numbers weren't good enough to warrant a follow-up.
- The Big O Season 2 — Animated by Sunrise, produced by Cartoon Network.
- Dead Leaves — Made by Production I.G. (Japan) and Studio Gainax (Japan), and produced by Manga Entertainment (UK/USA)
- Ghost in the Shell (1995 film) — Made by Production I.G. (Japan) and produced by Manga Entertainment (UK/USA)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Made by Production I.G. (Japan) and produced by Manga Entertainment (UK/USA) and Bandai Entertainment USA.
- Guyver - The 2006 TV series was a collaboration between Kadokawa Shoten (Japan) and ADV Films (US)
- Halo Legends — USA/Japan co-op like Batman: Gotham Knight note
- The Marvel Anime shows (as well as the movies Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher), which were a collaboration between Marvel Comics and Madhouse''.
- Likewise, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, a collaboration between Marvel and Toei Animation.
- Mass Effect Paragon Lost: —USA/Japan/Canada Production with FUNimation and Production I.G.
- Maya the Bee — Produced in Germany by ZDF and Taurus Film, in Austria by Apollo Film, and in Japan by Zuiyo Enterprise/Nippon Animation. A similar trinational arrangement produced Vicky the Viking.
- Miraculous Ladybug — France/Japan (Toei Animation)
- The Mysterious Cities of Gold — France (DiC)/Japan (N.H.K., Studio Pierrot)
- Ōban Star-Racers — Jetix Europe and Sav! The World Productions (France) with Bandai Visual and Hal Film Maker (Japan).
- Rurouni Kenshin Seisohen, a.k.a. Samurai X: Reflections — Made by Studio DEEN (Japan); produced by ADV Films (USA)
- The anime of Samurai Gun was co-financed by ADV Films.
- Spider Riders — Made with Bee Train, TV Tokyo and Yomiko Advertising in Japan and Cookie Jar Entertainment in Canada.
- Tekkon Kinkreet: Animated by Studio 4°C (Japan), directed by an American living in Japan, and scored by British rock band Plaid.
- Ulysses 31 — a collaboration between DiC and TMS.
- The Valérian and Laureline animated series — France/Japan
- All Yu-Gi-Oh! films and series after the first two have been funded/produced by 4Kids Entertainment.
- The third season of Sonic X was also funded and produced by 4Kids Entertainment.
- Tenkai Knights is a Merchandise-Driven co-production between Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (Japan) and the Canadian toy company Spin Master.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Many major studios now often have at least monetary coproduction with China, mainly so that, well, the films will be far less likely to be Banned in China.
- Both Clash of the Titans and its 2010 remake were co-productions between USA (Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures) and the United Kingdom with the 1981 film being a UK/USA film and the 2010 film a USA/UK film.
- The sequel to the 2010 remake, Wrath of the Titans still a USA/UK film, added Spain to the production of the film since a big part of the filming scenario was set in the Canary Islands much like the 2010 remake.
- The Harry Potter films — USA (Warner Bros. and, for a time, 1492 Pictures)/UK (Heyday Films). 1492 Pictures is Chris Columbus's own production company, which left the series when he did. Heyday Films is David Heyman's production company. The second film added in a German company, MIRACLE Productions GmbH & Co. KG, which never did anything else.
- King Kong Escapes was co-produced by Rankin/Bass Productions (US) and Toho (Japan).
- Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - filmed in Japan, based on the American novel of the same name, involves both Japanese and American talents.
- Mongol — A collaboration between Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Germany, with a significant amount of filming done in China.
- Paris Je T'Aime — Features segments by filmmakers from around the world, including France, Mexico, the USA, England, and Japan.
- The Silk Road (Chinese title: Dun Huang; Japanese pronunciation: Tonkō) — Daiei, Dentsu and Marubeni (Japan) in association with various Chinese companies.
- The Third Man was a British movie largely filmed in Austria with David O. Selznick as an uncredited American co-producer.
- The Three Musketeers (2011) — A co-production between the UK, Germany and France, with talent from all three countries (along with American Logan Lerman in the lead).
- Similar with Inglourious Basterds, shot in the same studio (Babelsberg), which was a German/American co-production.
- Tora! Tora! Tora!, co-production between 20th Century Fox (USA) and Toei Company. Ltd (Japan).
- Woody Allen started from 2005 to 2012 a period of films set in Europe (except Whatever Works) beginning with Match Point. Most films had USA in the production except the former because he had trouble finding financial support in there. Since Blue Jasmine he's back into full American support again. Among the countries that participated in this period were:
- You Only Live Twice, produced by Eon Productions (UK), made extensive use of studio facilities and contract artists from Toho (Japan).
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) — co-produced by the Sci Fi Channel and Sky TV, and filmed in Canada. Sky TV only actually co-produced the first season but their name is still in the credits because the show still uses sets that Sky built during season 1.
- BIMA Satria Garuda — A toku series produced by MNC Group, RCTI (both from Indonesia, the latter being the channel that airs it) and Ishinomori Productions (Japan), with merchandising provided and sold by Bandai (Japan).
- Charlie Jade— co-produced by the Canadian CHUM Television and the South African Industrial Development Corporation.
- Defying Gravity — Canada/USA/UK/Germany.
- Doctor Who
- The early seasons of the new series are technically a CBC (Canada) production as well as a BBC (Wales) one; the leak of "Rose" came from a CBC employee. However, the closing credits in the UK only referenced them during Series 3 and "The Runaway Bride".
- The 1996 television movie was a co-production between the BBC and Universal.
- Because of major location filming in America, the two-parter "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" is listed as a BBC America/BBC Wales co-production instead of just a BBC Wales production at the end of the closing credits.
- Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real: Britain/USA
- Farscape — USA/Australia
- Five Days — produced by HBO Films and the BBC. Set in South Hertfordshire.
- Foreign Exchange — Filmed On Location in both Ireland and Australia.
- Friends (not the American sitcom) was a Japanese/South Korean dorama filmed in both countries.
- The Grid — Produced by the The BBC, Carnival Films (UK) and Fox TV (US) and filmed on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Highlander was French and Canadian, hence the setting shifting between Seacouver (filmed in Vancouver) and Paris.
- Jason and The Heroes of Mount Olympus was a France/US co-production. And there will be no page for that show, until it is released in some form. So far, only some of the episodes are available on YouTube.
- K9 is a co-production between Jetix Europe and Network 10 (Australia). As it is part of the Whoniverse, it can also be said to be influenced, if not co-produced, by the BBC.
- Lexx— A Canadian and German co-production with additional funding from Britain.
- The Muppet Show — a show featuring American puppeteers, filmed at and produced by an ITV station in the UK.
- Mythbusters — USA/Australia
- MythQuest: Filmed in Canada, but two German production studios were responsible for special effects.
- Power Rangers — A co-production of the Toei Company in Japan (for the Super Sentai source footage, costumes and concepts), Saban Entertainment/Saban Brands (for the seasons between Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers RPM, make this Disney, under the name of BVS Entertainment) in the United States, and in the later seasons, Village Roadshow Productions (Ranger Productions subsididary) from New Zealand.
- Rome is co-produced by HBO and the BBC, as were The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Little Britain USA and Extras. (Although Band of Brothers carries a credit for the BBC on the opening credits of the UK broadcasts, the BBC isn't mentioned anywhere on the closing credits. Or on the airings on any other channel. Or the DVDs. Or... well, you get the idea.)
- Sesame Street is adapted internationally this way with dubbing, either alone or combined with original live action footage. The Israeli and American teams also collaborated to produce a series about Western Jewish culture.
- She-Wolf of London: UK/US. It was moved to Los Angeles and retitled Love And Curses when the UK producers pulled their funding.
- Shoebox Zoo was a co-production between BBC Scotland and a Canadian company.
- By definition, everything produced by 19 Entertainment and BBC America qualifies.
- Spellbinder Australia/Poland in season 1. Australia/Poland/China in season 2.
- Strike Back was a British production in the first season, but became a US/UK coproduction with Sky/Cinemax from the second season onward.
- While the first three seasons of Torchwood were 100% BBC productions, the fourth is a co-production between the BBC and the American Starz Entertainment.
- The Worst Witch (TV series) was co-produced with HTV (a UK company) and Gala Films (a Canadian company).
- The 4400 - US/UK co-production between CBS and Sky.
- The Musical of Gone with the Wind was originally produced by Toho in Tokyo under the title Scarlett, but, aside from the Japanese cast and writer Kazuo Kikuta, most of the talents involved were Broadway regulars, including songwriter Harold Rome and director Joe Layton. Layton co-produced as well as directed Harold Fielding's production of an English-language version of the musical, which ran for a while at the Drury Lane Theatre in London and then toured a few American cities but never opened in New York.
- Any video game for which a publisher outsources development to a studio in a different country - which is many these days.
- Donkey Kong Country is a famous example, being developed by British firm Rare, but based on a Japanese Nintendo character. Later games in the series are developed by the American Retro Studios. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a three-way co-production, still being developed by Retro Studios with music by David Wise, a former Rare employee.
- LJN Toys, notorious US publisher of Licensed Games, contracted the development of about half of them to Atlus, who then subcontracted a lot of the work to other Japanese companies. LJN's non-Japanese-developed games went out to Rare (UK), Software Creations (UK) or Beam Software (Australia).
- Star Fox 1 and a few other Nintendo games of the 1990s were co-developed by Argonaut Software (UK).
- Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes — co-production between Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (take a guess) and Silicon Knights (Canadian)
- All games by Retro Studios (USA) so far were done in collaboration with Nintendo EAD (Japan).
- Many Rockstar Games, due to the company having various studios in Europe and the USA
- Spectrobes: USA/Japan
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Japan/USA, with the team collaborating in California.
- Some other Sonic games have been developed by Traveller's Tales and Sumo Digital in the U.K.
- Silent Hill: Homecoming — Developed by Double Helix Studios (USA); produced, scored and published by Konami Computer Entertainment (Japan)
- Silent Hill Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories — Developed by Climax Group (UK); scored and published by Konami (Japan)
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is co-developed by WayForward Technologies (USA) and Inti Creates (Japan).
- Sine Mora is co-developed by Grasshopper Manufacture (Japan) and Digital Reality (Hungary).
- The Ecco The Dolphin games, along with Cyborg Justice, Kolibri and Three Dirty Dwarves, were produced by Sega of America and developed by Novotrade International/Appaloosa Interactive (Hungary, though they later opened an American branch office).
- Gundam 0079: The War For Earth was developed by American company Presto Studio and produced and supervised by Sunrise (Japan).
- The Top Gear series of Racing Games, produced by Kemco (Japan), had its earlier installments developed by Gremlin Graphics (UK). Later games were developed by various American companies (Boss Game, Saffire, Snowblind).
- Animal Crackers and Mona the Vampire were both co-productions between Alphanim (France) and Cinar (Canada), with the latter series involving other French companies as well.
- Animaniacs — USA (Warner Bros. )/Japan (TMS), like Tiny Toons, other studios were used, but only TMS had say on it.
- The Beatles was produced by King Features Syndicate (USA), TVC (UK), and Artransa Park Studios (Australia).
- Bionic Six — TMS with MCA/Universal and Intermedia International
- Bob And Margaret — Starting in season 3, the show became a co-production between Nelvana and Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
- Most Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the mid-eighties to early nineties (Challenge Of The Go Bots, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and the later seasons of The Smurfs, for instance) were often co-produced between them, Wang/Cuckoo's Nest, Toei Animation and/or Fil-Cartoons.
- Huntik: Secrets & Seekers — An Italian/American co-production which, for some reason, premieres in the UK.
- Inspector Gadget — Co-Production between DiC (US and France), LBS (US), Nelvana (Canada; season 1 only), TMS (Japan) and Wang Film Productions/Cuckoo's Nest (Taiwan; credited as the latter only).
- Mighty Orbots — TMS with ABC and MGM
- Mike, Lu & Og — Co-production between Kinofilm (USA), Pilot Studio (Russia) and Sae Hahn Productions (Korea).
- Sea Princesses — An Australian/Brazilian/Spanish co-production.
- Tiny Toon Adventures — USA (Warner Bros. )/Japan (TMS), other studios were used, but only TMS had say on it.
- Visionaries — TMS with Hasbro and Sunbow
- About 99% of whatever Rankin/Bass Productions did were co-produced with a studio in Japan, including Toei Animation, Mushi Productions, and Topcraft.