Sony’s Crunchyroll & Wowow strike pact to expand anime offering

Sony-backed anime brand Crunchyroll has linked up with Wowow in Japan to develop and produce a series of new shows, starting with the fantasy adventure Bye Bye, Earth. The deal, which also has Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan attached, will see Tom Ubukata’s Bye Bye, Earth turned into a series, ewith the story following lead character […]

Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker exits following Funimation merger

Colin Decker, who became CEO of anime streamer Crunchyroll following its merger with Funimation last month, is exiting the company. Decker, who previously headed up Funimation, leaves the role after more than three years at Sony, which acquired Funimation in 2017. He will be succeeded by Rahul Purini, the current COO of Crunchyroll, who also […]

Sony merges anime streamer Funimation into Crunchyroll

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it is folding anime streamer Funimation into Crunchyroll. Sony acquired Crunchyroll from AT&T in August 2021 in a deal valued at US$1.175 billion. The announcement delivers on Sony’s promise to merge the two anime SVODs into one single subscription, with the company saying that pricing will remain unchanged. In addition […]

Funimation closes $1.2bn acquisition of anime streaming rival Crunchyroll

Sony’s Funimation group has completed its $1.175bn acquisition of AT&T’s global anime streaming service Crunchyroll, bringing the two competing services under the same roof. The agreement was first announced in December 2020 and had been awaiting regulatory approval. The deal includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles and while the two companies will […]

TBI Weekly: Harnessing anime’s subscription-driving power

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton digs into what is driving rising global demand for anime and how streamers can make the most of the medium’s passionate fanbase. Global demand for Japanese anime content is skyrocketing, with streamers worldwide increasingly recognising the appeal – and subscription-driving potential – of this medium, once seen as niche, but […]

Kids round-up: Nippon TV anime ‘Joran’ inks global deals; Netflix orders ‘Transformers’ & ‘My Little Pony’ from eOne; VIS Kids strikes development deals

Nippon TV anime ‘Joran’ inks global deals Global anime streamer Crunchyroll, Hong Kong-based Medialink and South Korea’s Aniplus have acquired Nippon TV anime series Joran The Princess of Snow And Blood. The series, which is distributed internationally by Nippon TV and Hulu in Japan, will appear on Crunchyroll worldwide, excluding Asia, along with TV stations […]

Crunchyroll takes global rights to Nippon’s debut anime ‘Tsukimichi – Moonlit Fantasy’

Global anime streamer Crunchyroll has acquired Nippon TV’s Tsukimichi – Moonlit Fantasy, the first international anime series produced by Japanese multiplatform entertainment company Nippon TV’s new anime department. Crunchyroll has taken global rights to the show, excluding Asia, while Nippon has also secured deals with TV stations and platforms in that territory, including Medialink’s Ani-one, broadcaster Aniplus […]

‘Shenmue’ series in works at Crunchyroll & Adult Swim

WarnerMedia-owned animé streamer Crunchyroll and US cable network Adult Swim are teaming up for a 13-episode original animé series based on the Sega video game franchise Shenmue. The series is being directed by Chikara Sakurai (Magimoji Rurumo) and produced by Telecom Animation Film, with production management by Sola Entertainment. Shenmue creator and game designer Yu […]

Crunchyroll expands in EMEA with VIZ Media Europe acquisition, regional head

WarnerMedia-owned SVOD Crunchyroll has completed its acquisition of anime distributor VIZ Media Europe Group, and appointed an EMEA head for the business. The combining of the two businesses will expand Crunchyroll’s anime brand and global platform with VIZ’s EMEA network of partners, distributors and licensees. The SVOD – which has maintained a strong footprint in […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

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