Japanese indie distrib Gaga has announced its pickups at Cannes.
Tokyo Contents Market and Licensing Asia will merge this year.
Tokyo Contents Market and Licensing Asia -- two events under the umbrella of the fall Japan International Contents Festival (Cofesta) are planning to merge in 2010, according to a recent government…
Toho, Japan biggest domestic distrib, is to release its first live-action 3D pic, "Umizaru 3."
The Japan Academy of Moving Image, a film school founded by helmer Shohei Imamura, is set to launch Nihon Eiga Daigaku (Japan Film U.) -- the country's first college devoted to film studies.
Sony announced its second straight year-on net loss -- but the red ink, 40.8 billion yen ($441.4 million), was less than half of the previous year's.
Japanese buyers supply what is still the world's second-largest pic market, especially for non-Hollywood product.
The Japanese biz escaped the recession that ravaged the larger economy in 2009, if overall numbers told the whole story.
Sony is set to return to profit for the past fiscal year, thanks to a rigorous cost-cutting regime and an uptick in demand.
Net profit rose 40.6% to $27.7 million while operating profit climbed 4.6% to $45.8 million.
In 2009, the Japanese B.O. hit its second-highest total ever, with $2.21 billion -- 5.7% better than 2008. Meanwhile, admissions grew 5.5% year-on to some 170 million.