Sumitomo Corp. has upped its stake in Tokyo-based film producer-distributor Asmik Ace Entertainment to 75.3% and intends to create synergies with its own cable TV movie channels and cinema biz.
Pubcaster NHK, Japan's five commercial webs and Tobu Railway will build the world's tallest tower for transmitting terrestrial digital broadcasts.
The Japanese television market looks, on first glance, like a throwback to another era. The five commercial webs and pubcaster NHK still claim the vast majority of the viewing audience and revenues…
Japan Digital Contents Trust, has announced the launch of Cinema Trust, a fund for the production of movies by five independent film companies.
FUNimation Entertainment has acquired North American rights, including theatrical, DVD and broadcast, to the ninja actioner "Shinobi" from Shochiku. According to Shochiku sources, FUNimation has not…
Think Corp., a Tokyo-based animation producer, has launched Anime Innovation Tokyo, a subsidiary for developing, producing and marketing animators' work.
Hollywood is king on Japanese TV, according to figures for 2005 from the Federation of Japanese Films Industry (Eidanren).
Japanese video rental and sell-through giant Culture Convenience Club has announced a tie-up with rival Shinseido that will create the country's largest CD and DVD retail chain.
Japanese animation house GDH plans to launch a $43 million content fund with the Japan office of Goldman Sachs. GDH will issue share warrants to Jupiter Investment, a local Goldman Sachs affiliate.
According to Japanese press reports, The Baupost Group LLC, a Massachusetts-based investment firm, has taken a 6.72% stake in embattled Internet startup Livedoor.
Broadband services company Usen Corp. confirmed Thursday it will buy Fuji Television Network's 12.75% stake in troubled Internet startup Livedoor.