Sony Pictures to acquire majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation

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Sony Pictures is acquiring a majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation for $150 million. Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga will remain CEO and retain a minority stake in the company.

Sony already have their own anime distribution business, the ANIMAX network that’s available to more than 62 countries. The Funimation deal will increase Animax already huge catalog of animes.

Funimation catalog includes over 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands and provides dubbed and subbed anime across multiple channels. Aside from Dragon Ball Z, Funimation’s anime catalog includes; Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan and more.

Funimation also have its own streaming service called FunimationNOW, which is available via on PlayStation, iTunes Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, Xbox Store and mobile devices. FunimationNOW is the leading North American English-language OTT anime platform.

Last modified: August 2, 2017

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