Media conglom Usen plans to reduce a quarter of its workforce by August 2010, including offering early retirement to 600 staffers.
Three Japanese right orgs are banding together to launch a rights clearinghouse for TV content on the Internet.
"Red Cliff Part 2," the second part of the John Woo period epic, topped the Japanese B.O. for the weekend of April 11-12.
Domestic Film DAILY
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The Equalizer1Daily:$3.0M Cumulative:$37.1M Sony / Columbia -63.56%
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner2Daily:$968,406 Cumulative:$58.9M Fox -77.28%
The Boxtrolls3Daily:$733,441 Cumulative:$18.0M Focus -84.99%
Japan has the fewest female top execs of any country in Asia or the developed world. So when Gaga Communications appointed marketing vet Yuka Hoshino as its first-ever prexy in its 23-year history in…
Yahoo Japan is buying a 51% stake in Gyao, the video portal site run by media conglom Usen, for $5.3 million.
Movie studio Shochiku's 21-year film franchise "Diary of a Fishing Fool" (Tsuri baka nisshi) will end after its 20th installment is released Dec. 26.
Texas-based anime distrib FUNimation Entertainment has inked to stream Japanese studio Toei Animation's toons on its web site. All toons will be subbed in English.
Oriental Land has reported record attendance in 2008 for the two parks it operates in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Fuji TV was Japan's top-rated network in 2008 in all three major time periods, according to figures from the Video Research ratings agency.
The Japanese economy is sinking like a sumo wrestler in quicksand and taking the TV industry with it.