The Japanese video biz suffered a 9.7% drop in sales in the first half of 2009, compared with the same period the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Video Assn.
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan have announced their films for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar category.
A play based on Japan's Oscar-winning pic "Departures" will open in May in Tokyo, according to producer Yasuhiro Mase.
The Fuji Television and Nippon Television networks have inked a deal to each take 7% stakes in Gyao, a free-video portal whose corporate parent is Yahoo!.
Sony has unveiled plans for 3-D-capable consumer products that will hit the shelves in 2010, boosting the burgeoning market for 3-D pics while putting competitive pressure on its rivals.
Sony will merge Tokyo-based Sony Broadcast Media, which manages its investments in about 20 media companies, into the parent company on Nov. 1.
The Japan Contents Festival announced the skeds and events for its third edition.
TV networks have produced most of the hit commercial pics in Japan for the past decade -- and Fuji TV has long been the leader, with its motion picture department head Chihiro Kameyama as the…
Publishing giants Shogakkan and Shueisha have jointly acquired two Europe-based distributors of Japanese toons, according to a report in the Nikkei newspaper. Following the acquisition, for an…
Japan's domestic toon market, including pics, TV shows and DVDs, has declined for the second year in a row, according to a study by private media think tank the Media Development Research Institute.