TOKYO — Kadokawa Group Holdings, a media group that includes Kadokawa Pictures and distrib Asmik Ace Entertainment, has shelled out $103 million on Media Factory, a book and comic publisher active in toons, merchandising and music publishing.This acquisition will beef up Kadokawa’s comic and toon biz, a weak point compared to some of its competitors. Among the Media Factory’s businesses is the enduringly popular “Pokemon” franchise. Media Factory was a subsid of Recruit. Kadokawa plans to move Media Factory into the digital publishing of comics and books, marketing products on its own Web site to readers across Asia.
Data provided by:Nielsen Media Research (Preliminary Results)