Golden Network teams with Madhouse

10-picture deal includes 'Tibetan Dog'

Expanding Japanese animation producer Madhouse has struck a 10-picture deal with Hong Kong sales outfit Golden Network.

Slate includes Madhouse’s groundbreaking co-production with China Film Group, “The Tibetan Dog.”

Under the deal, Golden Network picks up rights to five films controlled by Madhouse and a mix of other rights to movies made by Madhouse with a consortium of Japanese production companies.

It gains world rights to “Oh Edo Rocket” and “The Way of the Samurai.” Golden Network will handle Asian rights to “Nasu,” sequel to “Nasu’s Summer in Andalusia,” which appeared in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2003; “Tokyo Tribe”; “The Beast Claw”; “Perfect Blue”; and the two-parter “Barefoot Gen.”

Madhouse is working with Tohokushinsha on street-racing cartoon “Red Line,” to which Golden Network will pick up partial rights.

The relationship between Golden Network and Madhouse began earlier this year, when they became involved in the Franco-Japanese co-production “Yona Yona Penguin,” which Golden Network will handle in Asia.

“We are determined to show that we are not only about anime but are making a range of movies capable of being seen by audiences around the world,” said Madhouse prexy Jungo Maruta.

“Tibetan Dog” is set for delivery in summer 2010 and will be a genuine and rare cross-border co-production. Preparatory creative work will be done by the Madhouse team, with CFG’s animators doing the bulk of the production work before reverting to Madhouse for post.

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