By Leah McDonald / September 24th, 2019
Several Sony-owned anime streaming services, including US-based Funimation, will merge under Aniplex and Sony Pictures Television. The merger includes France’s Wakanim and Australia’s Madman Anime Group, and is being led by Funimation’s general manager Colin Decker.
“For 25 years, Funimation has served creators, publishers, and fans,” says Decker. “By merging, we can extend our support of the industry for another 25 years with some of the most respected talent, and brands, in global anime.”
The merger gives Funimation the rights to distribute anime from Japan “across this global portfolio of brands, each with deep regional expertise in serving fans,” according to Funimation. The merger also provides each streaming service with more options for fan engagement across home entertainment, theater, live events, and merchandising.
Beginning Oct. 5, 2019, FunimationNow will have exclusive streaming rights for one month to Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. The anime will also be available on Wakanim and Madman Anime Group’s AnimeLab in their respective countries before becoming available on other platforms. Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia is the first television animation series of the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, a global phenomenon which has been recognized as one of the most successful mobile games in the world with over 41 million downloads worldwide.
“Anime is a growing area of importance for us at Sony Pictures Television,” says Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins. “By combining these businesses, we immediately increase our global reach and expertise in SVOD, theatrical, home video, merchandising, events and more. Along with our world-class marketing capabilities, we’re well-positioned to deliver unprecedented results for our partners and the best possible anime experience for the fans.”
“Through Sony group’s integration of anime related streaming services, we are thrilled that numerous Japanese anime titles will be distributed globally through its digital platforms,” says Aniplex Inc. President Atsuhiro Iwakami. “We hope our partnership will contribute to the further development and expansion of the Japanese anime industry.”
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