Toho, Japan's biggest distrib and exhib, has unveiled a 30-pic line-up for 2010 that promises stiff competition for Hollywood in the already difficult Japanese market.
Studio Ghibli has announced its latest feature toon, to be based on Mary Norton's classic fantasy book "The Borrowers."
Ryuichi Hiroki, the veteran helmer whose hit medical weeper "April Bride" took $36 million at the box office in Japan, is gearing up to make his first period drama, "Raiou," with the TBS network.
Fox Intl. Channels has joined with Access TV, which produces shows about foreign celebs visiting Japan and similar foreign-flavored content, to launch shingle ACTV Creative Team.
Oriental Land is in talks with Walt Disney Japan to transfer ownership of its Disney Store chain.
The Visual Industry Promotion Organization, which runs the CoFesta content festival, has protested against drastic cuts in government spending on the promotion of local entertainment content.
Comic thesp Hisaya Morishige has posthumously received Japan's People's Honor Award.
"Rookies," a dramedy about a baseball team in a tough high school, has topped the Japan box office for 2009, according to figures released Friday by Bunka Tsushin entertainment news service.
Media conglom Kadokawa Group Holdings plans to raise Yen 10 billion ($117 million) by issuing yen-denominated convertible bonds this month.
Japanese helmer Takeshi Kitano ("Zatoichi") has finally unveiled details of his latest gangster pic -- his first in nine years.
Police have launched a crackdown on illegal use of the P2P software Share.
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