In what's probably a first for a major film in release in Japan, the Nippon Television Network is broadcasting the first 12 minutes of "Death Note," the first installment in Warner Bros.' two-part…
Toho, Japan's leading distrib and exhibitor, will consolidate all its exhibition operations under the banner of wholly owned subsidiary Toho Cinemas. The change streamlines the organization as the…
Japanese webs are uniting to battle pirates who copy programming from digital terrestrial feeds to sell on the Internet. The catalyst is a survey commissioned in April by the Assn. for Promotion of…
Shochiku has teamed with Hong Kong effects house Centro Digital Pictures ("Kill Bill") for helmer Katsuhide Motoki's "Gegege no kitaro," a live-action feature, heavy on CG, based on an enduringly…
The Japanese media content market passed the ¥11 trillion ($95 billion) mark for the first time in 2004, with the fastest-growing segment being online content, including games and music, according to…
Sony chairman-CEO Howard Stringer is negotiating with co-owner Bertelsmann to raise Sony's stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Stringer told a media roundtable in Tokyo on Monday.
Japan's Fuji TV has unveiled its lineup of theatrical releases for the second half of the year and announced a fund for one of the pics, period drama "Oh-Oku."
Yoshiaki Murakami, one-time high-flying investment guru, was indicted Friday on suspicion of insider trading in Nippon Broadcasting System stock by Tokyo District prosecutors.
Toshiba will launch the first digital HD-DVDrecorder in Japan on July 14, getting a jump on the rival Blu-ray camp.
Japanese toon maker Gonzo has signed an output deal with Hong Kong-based Animax Asia, which operates a 24-hour cable and satellite TV channel specializing in Japanese toons and reaches 25 million in…
Former Livedoor prexy Takafumi Horie defended fund manager Yoshiaki Murakami against accusations of insider trading in testimony to prosecutors on Tuesday. According to Japanese press reports, Horie…