1. Japan at centre stage at MIPCOM 2016
Reed MIDEM announced that Japan has been named the MIPCOM 2016 Country of Honour. MIPCOM, global B2B content trade event, takes place in Cannes, France, from 17th to 20th October 2016. The Country of Honour programme is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). As Country of Honour, 4K broadcasting and Japanese animation will be featured. Animation will mark the 100th anniversary of the genre in Japan in 2017. Animation accounts for 62% of Japan’s TV programming exports. MIPCOM 2016 will feature the history of Japanese animation, and will introduce the latest shows on the international marketplace.
2. Crunchyroll and KADOKAWA enter into Strategic Alliance
Major anime streaming platform Crunchyroll, Inc. and KADOKAWA Corporation, one of the largest Japanese publishers, announced that Crunchyroll will be given exclusive worldwide digital distribution rights (excluding Asia) for KADOKAWA anime titles in the upcoming year. This partnership will include Crunchyroll’s co-finance in KADOKAWA’s future anime titles and marketing collaboration between KADOKAWA and Crunchyroll. This alliance also follows a formation of a publishing joint venture between KADOKAWA and Yen Press, a division of U.S. Hachette Book Group. Yen Press specializes in manga and light novels. KADOKAWA aims to raise their profile in North American market through these partnerships.
3. Mattel Creations announced two new projects
Animation Magazine and Animation World Network reported that Mattel Creations announced two upcoming feature films at MIPTV held in Cannes, France. MIPTV attendees had a chance to have a first look at the new CG-animated Thomas & Friends: The Great Race which will arrive in theaters this summer. They also announced a new feature title Fireman Sam to be released in 2017. Mattel Creations, a part of Mattel Inc., is focusing theatrical, television and digital content creation.