Singapore fund takes over JDC Trust

Deal brings in $3.8 million for Grace

TOKYO – Japan Digital Contents Trust, a media investor which has backed a string of Japanese movie distributors, is to be taken over by a Japanese-Singapore fund.

In a deal that brings it $3.8 million of fresh capital, JDC Trust will issue new shares to Gorgeous Grace Investment, a fund that has previously invested in anime projects. Gorgeous Grace is managed by JCM Singapore, the Singapore venture capital offshoot of Tokyo-based JCM Asset Management Co.

A pioneering content fund manager that listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2000, JDC Trust has lost money for several years as the Japanese investment climate has darkened.

JDC Trust’s funds have supplied coin for movie acquisitions to Japanese distribs including Movie-Eye Entertainment, Klockworx and Xanadeux. Another of its funds raised production coin for producer and distrib Cine Qua Non.

Other Nippon content companies recently seeking corporate shelter from adverse financial winds include toon house GDH, which effectively sold out to the Iwakaze Fund in September, and Wedge Holdings, which moved under the Asia Partnership Fund group corporate umbrella in September 2007.

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