Lukas Schwarzacher



Japan's distrib scene looks decidedly different from last year. Two major independent distributors were saved from insolvency by takeovers and there's a new fondness for local productions.

Honoree: Shochiku


Celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, Shochiku saw a record year in exhibition in 2004 with a gross revenue hike of 230% over the prior period. And its young prexy, Junichi “Jay” Sakomoto, is…

Hostility rejected


Internet portal Livedoor's hostile takeover of Nippon Broadcasting System (NBS) stalled Tuesday after the radio broadcaster's much larger TV affil Fuji announced it has upped its stake to 36.47% of…

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