×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gaga grabs iFilm’s shorts

Japanese media co. buys rights to 15,000 pix

TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm.

Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of the deal have been kept under wraps. Move is in line with Gaga’s aggressive foray into broadband delivery. In June it started a pay per view service with Japan’s largest ISP and portal site, Nifty, and needs more content to ensure the success of the venture. Deal also jibes with Gaga’s aim to distribute different film genres from all over the world, a strategy it has dubbed “World Movie.”

“Broadband is the future,” president and CEO Tetsu Fujimura said, “and it starts now.”

More Film

  • Lily James Armie Hammer

    Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation 'Rebecca'

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • JJ AbramsJJ Abrams at the Oxford

    J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • Effie Brown

    AGC Studios to Produce Effie Brown's Action-Comedy Film 'We Real Cool'

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • Google Spotlight Stories' 'Age of Sail'

    Google Spotlight Stories Releases Animated Short 'Age of Sail' on Multiple Platforms

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • Jason Blum Oscar changes

    Blumhouse TV Pacts With Amazon for Eight Feature-Length Thrillers

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • Cassandra Butcher Joins Bron Studios as

    Fox Searchlight Executive Cassandra Butcher Joins Bron Studios as Chief Marketing Officer

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

  • greenbook BTS Peter Farrelly

    'Green Book' Director Peter Farrelly on His Production Crew's Drive for Authenticity

    TOKYO — Gaga Communications, Japan’s most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm. Deal, announced Tuesday, covers all broadband distribution over the Internet in Japan, plus theatrical, video and television rights for choice films among the package. Other details of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content