Jupiter Telecommunications has bolstered its position as Japan's No. 1 cabler by acquiring Osaka-based Cable West from Matsushita Electric, ending the latter's involvement in the business.
Japan's Tokyo Broadcasting Systems web plans to set up a holding company to take advantage of a new law to help companies fight hostile takeovers, expected to go into effect early 2007.
Gaga has acquired "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story" from Safari Media for Japanese release. The doc, about a Japanese teen abducted three decades ago by North Korean agents -- and whose parents…
Producer-distrib Gaga will hold an online advance screening of its musical drama "Back Dancers" on Sept. 2 and 3 ahead of its Sept. 9 bow -- an industry first.
Producer/distrib Gaga will become a wholly-owned unit of Usen through a stock swap.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is bowing the Virtual Image Center to webcast work by new helmers and animators.
Kadokawa Herald has made DVD distrib Kadokawa Entertainment a wholly owned subsidiary.
"Ari no Heitai" (The Ants), Kaoru Ikeya's documentary about a Japanese soldier who was forced to fight in China for three years after the end of WWII, is playing to packed auds at three cinemas in…
Telco giant KDDI is joining cable operators to offer subscribers archived content, including features, on demand and free of charge. KDDI is starting the service with Japan Cablenet, a cable operator…
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jupiter VOD, a vid-on-demand supplier to the Japanese cable market, have inked a license agreement for films and other contents.
D.N. Dream Partners, a contents fund launched by the NTV web and cell phone giant NTT Docomo in April, will put its first coin into a TV toon based on hit horror franchise "Death Note."