Lukas Schwarzacher

Japan

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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

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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

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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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