Been watching the Simulcast wars since 2012? The industry for anime has been fascinating. We saw the partnership of the biggest simulcast sites, FUNimation and Crunchyroll formed and dissolved. Now, there is a big one. I'm curious to see the effects as this one is more international. Just know this, there will be folks whom will be benefited and some who won't just like the FUNi and CR partnership.
Sony Pictures Television announced on Tuesday that it and Aniplex is consolidating three Sony-owned anime acquisition and distribution companies — Funimation based in the United States, Wakanim based in France, and Madman Anime Group based in Australia — into one joint venture. Before the consolidation, Funimation was under Sony Pictures Television, while the other two companies were under Sony Music Entertainment Japan's Aniplex.
Colin Decker, who became Funimation's general manager in May, will lead the joint venture, which will acquire and distribute Japanese anime through the three component companies. The joint venture will operate under Funimation's name and will cover 10 languages in 49 countries with about 300 employees.
According to Variety, the first project of the joint venture is Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. In addition to Funimation streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, Wakanim and Madman Anime Group's AnimeLab will have a 30-day window of streaming exclusivity in their territories. Variety added that Funimation will have a one-year window of streaming exclusivity on a previously unannounced dubbed version.
Sony Pictures Television Networks acquired a majority stake in North American distributor Funimation for US$143 million in 2017. Funimation ended its content-sharing partnership with Crunchyroll in November 2018, and signed a first-look streaming deal with Hulu. In March, Funimation and Chinese streaming platform bilibili announced a new partnership to jointly acquire anime licenses "over the next few years." Funimation bought Manga Entertainment, which primarily distributes anime in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in May.
Madman Media Group sold the anime division of its business to Aniplex in an AU$35 million (about US$25 million) deal earlier this year, after Aniplex invested in Madman Entertainment in February 2018.
In addition to Funimation, Sony owns the subsidiary anime production companies A-1 Pictures and CloverWorks through Aniplex. Aniplex established a Shanghai-based subsidiary in April with the intent of starting on "full-scale" Chinese animation production, as well as sell merchandise.
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Sept 17, 2020 0:56:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: Update with Three Callaberos. Only about halfway through it at the moment. Because it's a package film with a series of animated shorts, been taking my time getting through it this past week. Never got around to seeing it last night since I got swamped...
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...in my freelance work. But will try to get through it as I have time to do so.
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with Three Callaberos. See if I can do some sort of review for it tonight or if not, tomorrow at the latest.
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