New York-based producer and streamer FilmRise is to launch a new anime-focused OTT channel and has struck a far-reaching deal with studio TMS Entertainment with which to stock it.
The deal gives FilmRise AVOD rights in the US and Canada to 38 anime TV series and films – accounting for more than 1,100 episodes.
TV shows on the slate include Sherlock Hound, Monster Rancher, ItaKiss, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas and children’s film Little Nemo.
Multiple seasons and films from the LUPIN THE 3rd franchise are also in the package, as well as the Sonic X, Virtua Fighter and Case Closed series.
FilmRise will distribute the shows to AVOD/FAST platforms, as well as its own streaming network, with programmes set to become available on a soon-to-be-launched FilmRise-branded OTT service that will look to tap into the surging interest in anime.
Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions & co-poroductions at FilmRise, said: “TMS Entertainment is one of the world’s premiere anime studios and a key player in this genre that is experiencing tremendous growth with streaming audiences around the world. These highly sought-after productions from TMS are an incredible addition to our offerings in this increasingly popular vertical.”
Sam Maseba of TMS Entertainment added: “Partnering with FilmRise allows us to increase exposure of these highly-popular anime programs. Already having a dedicated and loyal following around the world, these hit series can now be enjoyed for free on streaming platforms in North America.”