Toho has long been the 800-pound gorilla -- or rather Godzilla -- of the Japanese distribution and exhibition jungle. With more than 460 screens, it operates the largest chain of directly managed and…
Trading house Itochu has acquired a 10% stake in producer Michael Uslan's "Comic Book Movie," as well as Japan merchandising rights to all the company's pics.
Takafumi Horie, former prexy of Internet startup Livedoor, pleaded not guilty to security law violations on Monday at the start of his trial in Tokyo district court. Horie is accused of falsifying…
Japan's first commercial satcaster Wowow has reached a tentative agreement with rival Sky Perfect Communications to launch a channel on Sky PerfecTV! satellite and cable platform, possibly by the end…
Studio members of the Blu-ray camp will release 75 pics in the format in Japan, starting in November.
In its biggest Asian deal to date, Viacom's MTV Networks is buying out the majority share in MTV Japan from private-equity partner H&Q Asia Pacific. Purchase price was undisclosed.
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.