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Arianespace “fully reusable by 2030”

ArianeGroup Chief Executive André-Hubert Roussel has said the Ariane family of rocket launchers would be fully reusable starting by the end of this decade. His comments follow on from French Economics Minister Bruno Le Maire who has been highly critical of the Arianespace’s current use of non-reusable rockets, including the giant Ariane 5 and smaller […]

January 25, 2022

Pixotope announces new hires in APAC region

Pixotope is solidifying its position as a global Virtual Production (VP) industry leader with two new hires in their Asia Pacific leadership team. These posts reflect a strategic expansion by Pixotope across global media and entertainment markets as live broadcast VP sees enormous international growth. Matthew Ma, former employee of Amazon Web Services and Avid, […]

January 24, 2022

Crunchyroll, Fuji TV, Slow Curve reveal new +Ultra Titles

Announced during the +Ultra event from the Fuji TV Multi Theater in Tokyo, Japan, Crunchyroll, Fuji TV, and Slow Curve shared new details on the previously announced ESTAB LIFE: GREAT ESCAPE and newly announced Ooyukiumi No Kaina  (working titles) anime series, premiering April 2022 and January 2023, respectively, as part of the +Ultra programming partnership […]

January 20, 2022

AMC Networks acquires Sentai

AMC Networks has completed the acquisition of Houston-based Sentai, a global supplier of anime content and merchandise, with brands including the anime-focused HIDIVE direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. The acquisition includes all of the member interests from Cool Japan Fund, a public-private Japanese investment fund. With access to key content creators in Japan, Sentai distributes and […]

January 6, 2022

Sony staffer stole $154m for Bitcoin

The US Department of Justice says it has taken action to return more than $154 million allegedly stolen from a Sony-owned business by one of its employees. The stolen cash was converted into Bitcoin. The employee worked for Sony Life Assurance in Tokyo and the cash was allegedly diverted from the company when Sony attempted […]

December 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

108 Media acquires DCD Media assets

108 Media, the global financing and production studio, with a key focus on emerging markets, has acquired all the assets of AIM-listed DCD Media, the independent TV distribution and production group, in a deal worth $6.3m (€5.5m). The deal comprises all DCD Media Plc assets, which include September Films, RIZE USA and DCD Rights, which […]

December 13, 2021

Report: Europe produces 830hrs of animated TV each year

The European Audiovisual Observatory estimates the annual volume of the production of TV animation in Europe to be around 220 titles (TV movies or TV series seasons), 5,200 episodes and 830 hours. France and the UK are by far the main producers of animation TV content. European TV animation coproductions account for 36 per cent […]

December 2, 2021

Panasonic hit by hackers

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic says that it suffered what it believed was a deliberate cyber-attack on November 11th. There’s not a lot of further detail although Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says that the attack started back in June and ceased on November 3rd. NHK’s report added that the attacked servers stored information about Panasonic business […]

December 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Research: Anime, eSports share strong cross-influence

According to research by Interpret, across markets including the UK, US, Germany and Japan, anime viewers are twice as likely to watch eSports as non-viewers. In addition to eSports, anime viewers spend more on online gaming than non-viewers. According to Interpret’s Global Animeasure 2021 report, anime viewers are more likely to play video games (they […]

December 1, 2021

Inmarsat-6 ships to Japanese launch site

Inmarsat-6, built by Airbus (and the first Inmarsat to be built by Airbus) has been shipped from the Airbus facility in Toulouse to Tanegashima in Japan ready for launch. The satellite will operate in both multibeam Ka-band and L-band and will use a huge 9 metre antenna for its L-band services. It also houses an […]

November 23, 2021By Chris Forrester