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 […]

Disney+ unveils first Australia slate, with ‘significant investment’ planned

Disney+ has unveiled its first wave of locally produced shows from Australia, with nine programmes on the slate. Three scripted series are in the works – The Clearing, The Artful Dodger and Last Days Of The Space Age – alongside four docs and two lifestyle/fact ent series. All nine shows will debut next year on the streamer […]

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 […]

Exclusive: US broadcast groups, Sony & Netflix mooted among The CW suitors

US broadcast groups, along with Sony and Netflix, have been tipped to be among potential suitors for US-based The CW, after its chairman & CEO Mark Pedowitz confirmed reports that the network is in sale talks. Pedowitz, who has been at the helm of the Riverdale network since 2011, addressed “recent speculation” in a memo […]

SPT’s channel sell-off continues with Antenna deal in CEE

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has continued its withdrawal from the global channels business by selling its 22 pay-TV networks and two streaming services in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Antenna Group. The deal includes the CEE-focused AXN and Sony channels, as well as Sony-owned Viasat 3 and 6 networks, plus the media giant’s on-demand […]

Voxx Studios hires Reed Midem, MGM & Sony alum for global sales

LA-based audio outfit Voxx Studios has hired a former Reed Midem and MGM exec to work across its international sales push. Elisa Aquino becomes SVP of global sales and will lead the department at Voxx, which provides audio services for the film and TV business. It works with firms including Starz Lionsgate, Pixar, Netflix Animation, Sony Pictures […]

Crunchyroll snags four million subs & reveals Idris Elba development deal

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll – which is in the process of being acquired by Sony – has surpassed its latest milestone of four million subscribers and unveiled a deal with actor-producer Idris Elba. The service’s paying subscriber total stood at three million in July, while registered users – who can access some content for free […]

Sony strikes $1.2bn deal for WarnerMedia’s anime streamer Crunchyroll

Sony has agreed to buy WarnerMedia-owned anime streaming service Crunchyroll in a deal worth almost $1.2bn. The service, which has three million paying subscribers, will be incorporated into Sony’s own anime streamer Funimation following the $1.175bn acquisition, which also includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles. The sale was first reported in August, when reports emerged […]

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