The Japanese biz has long been a firm believer in media synergy. Most local commercial pics begin life as a bestselling manga or book, with the publishers putting up part of the coin and reaping the…
Tom Cruise now has his own day in Japan, according to the Japan Memorial Day Assn., which cited his love for and close association with Japan.
Jupiter VOD and NBC Universal Intl. Television Distribution have inked a multiyear Japanese VOD rights deal covering NBC Universal pics. Under the terms of the deal, announced Friday, Jupiter VOD…
Pubcaster NHK will take 48 viewers to court in November unless they pony up back subscription fees, NHK chairman Genichi Hashimoto announced Thursday.
Media giant Usen and stock market-listed talent shop Yoshimoto Kogyo, together with Yoshimoto group companies Fandango and R&C, have inked a co-production and Web distribution deal.
To keep a lid on piracy, the Blu-ray Disc Assn. has decided to use regional codes for film discs released in the format. The coded discs will debut this fall. New code system differs from the one in…
Hayao Miyazaki has started production on his latest as-yet-untitled toon, according to Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.
The Japanese television market is both big -- with nearly 48 million TV households -- and lucrative, with ad spend reaching $17.5 billion in 2004.
Japan's TV Asahi has cheated the taxman to the tune of $1.32 million over three years, according to local reports.
Electronics giant Matsushita, the TBS network and Kadokawa Mobile, a cell-phone content distributor belonging to the Kadokawa media group, have announced the launch of Words Gear, a joint venture…