Sky Perfect Communications, Japan's largest digital satellite broadcaster, and JSat, the satellite operator that beams Sky Perfect programming to subscribers, are holding merger talks, according to…
Takafumi Horie, prexy of former Internet powerhouse Livedoor who once tried to take over Japanese media giant Fuji Television Network, has been indicted on charges of spreading phony financial info…
Everyone knows Japanese moviegoers don't care for comedies -- they get plenty of laughs for free on the tube and don't feel like paying for them in the theater. Everyone also knows Japanese like the…
The movie biz is back in the good books of financial folk in Japan with film funds sprouting left, right and center.
Japanese animators and filmmakers are now second to none in Asia at CG wizardry -- no surprise given Japanese strengths in both the hardware and software sides of the CG equation, from high-end…
Girl power is growing in the Japanese film industry, driven by strong B.O. numbers of films with young female stars for young female auds.
Fuji Television Network has launched a new type of film fund. Its 27 nationwide affiliates are underwriting the production of "Limit of Love -- Umizaru," the follow-up to the hit 2004 thriller and…
Japanese media giant Kadokawa is following South Korean major CJ Entertainment and selling its stake in DreamWorks to Paramount. Kadokawa will sell its 2.91% stake for $21.7 million by the end of…
Japan's total B.O. fell 6% to ¥198,160 million ($1.7 million) in 2005, while admissions dropped 5.7%, to 160 million, according to figures announced last week by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of…
Shochiku and Paris-based Celluloid Dreams are partnering on international sales of "Hana," the first period drama from Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda.