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Today — 25 July 2024Variety

Tohokushinsha, Japanese Co-Producer of ‘Lost in Translation,’ Receives $575 Million Takeover Bid From Singapore Investor

25 July 2024 at 11:28
Singapore-based finance firm 3D Investment Partners said Thursday that it is seeking to take private Tohokushinsha, the Japanese film and TV distribution firm. Its bid values Tohokushinsha at $575 million. Founded in 1961, Tohokushinsha started as a dubbing house and has since expanded its business to include, among others, theatrical, video and TV distribution and […]

As Comic-Con Kicks Off, Japan’s Booming Anime Industry Is Attracting Institutional Finance

25 July 2024 at 10:18
Ahead of a weekend when Asian content will be making a big impact at San Diego Comic-Con, two of Japan’s largest industrial and financial conglomerates have quietly begun to invest in Japanese animation, the hottest part of the country’s film and TV industry. Marubeni, which has roots in cereals, chemicals and paper but has diversified […]

Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

Eminem Awarded Brit Billion for U.K. Streaming Milestone – Global Bulletin

24 July 2024 at 09:32
MUSIC MILESTONE Rap icon Eminem has received a Brit Billion Award from the BPI, marking seven billion U.K. streams as calculated by the Official Charts Company. The artist holds a U.K. record for most consecutive No. 1s on the Official Albums Chart, with 10 studio albums topping the list in succession. Recently, Eminem scored his […]

Korean Prosecutors Arrest Kakao Corp. Chief Over SM Entertainment Takeover Allegations

24 July 2024 at 05:16
South Korean prosecutors said that they had arrested Kim Beom-su, the billionaire founder of tech giant Kakao, over alleged stock price manipulation. The case relates to the company’s takeover of K-pop agency SM Entertainment last year. “Kim faces allegations that he orchestrated and approved schemes to collaborate with the operator of a private equity fund […]

India’s $6 Billion Streaming Sector Is Having Transformative Impact on Film, TV, Talent and Gender, Says Study (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 02:00
Indian streaming series such as Netflix’s “Heeramandi,” Prime Video’s “Mirzapur” or Disney+ Hotstar’s “Bad Cop,” could soon be more influential than Bollywood. India’s massive population and its embrace of multiple forms of video streaming are having far-reaching implications for the country’s content industries, its wider economy and the country’s position on the international stage, says […]

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Digital Media to Claim Growing Share of Asia Pacific Advertising Market – Study

23 July 2024 at 08:07
The advertising market in the Asia-Pacific region is poised to grow by 5.1% in the current year and at an average 4% through to 2029, when it would reach $290 billion. According to a new report from consultancy and research firm Media Partners Asia digital media will grow in significance and expand its share of […]

Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Moro’ Heads to Netflix in Asia; Fire and Ice for World Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

23 July 2024 at 08:01
“Moro,” a tale of fractious fraternal relations that debuted last year in the Jiseok section of the Busan International Film Festival, has begun airing on Netflix in Southeast Asia, including director Brillante Mendoza’s native Philippines. In other territories, the film’s rights are being represented by Manila-based finance, production and sales firm Fire and Ice. With […]

Newcomer Kabita Nepali, Vijay Lama Board Groundbreaking Nepal Sci-fi Movie ‘Eklo I’

23 July 2024 at 07:01
Newcomer Kabita Nepali takes the co-leading role opposite the U.K.’s Jamie Bacon in “Eklo I,” a film which claims to be Nepal’s first sci-fi movie. Three months of production are now underway in the Himalayan country, which is previously best known for art-house titles and low-budget drama films. In a post-apocalyptic 2090, some 60 years […]

Indian Sex Toy Industry Examined in DocuBay’s ‘Bad Toys Inc.’ – Global Bulletin

22 July 2024 at 13:47
PLEASURE PRODUCTS DocuBay, the Indian documentary streaming platform under IN10 Media Network, is set to release “Bad Toys Inc.,” a 45-minute original film exploring India’s burgeoning sex toy industry. The doc, slated for a July 26 debut, offers a peek into the country’s evolving attitudes towards pleasure products. The film delves into regional preferences, consumer […]

‘Chastity High’ Set as Netflix First YA Series From Japan, Drops Trailer

22 July 2024 at 10:33
Apparently based on real-world events in which a Japanese school was sued by a pupil after it banned romantic liaisons between students, “Chastity High” is poised to be Netflix’s first young adult series from Japan. The series, which premiers on Aug. 29, takes a glimpse into a world where a prestigious high school bans dating […]

Venice Critics’ Week: Vietnam Voodoo Film ‘Don’t Cry Butterfly’ Reveals First Look (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 09:07
After years of project markets and multiple rounds of Asian grant funding applications, Vietnamese horror-comedy “Don’t Cry Butterfly,” is confirmed to have its world premiere in competition at the Venice Critics Week. Its backers have unveiled a first poster image. Written and directed by Duong Dieu Linh, the Hanoi-set film follows a housewife who uses […]

China Box Office: ‘Twisters’ Is Blown Away as ‘Successor’ Enjoys $89 Million Weekend

22 July 2024 at 03:48
“Successor,” a Chinese-produced comedy drama about escape from poverty, dominated a big weekend at the Mainland China box office. The session also saw an impressive re-release for Japanese animation “Your Name” and Hollywood action film “Twisters” blown into instant irrelevance. Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway showed “Successor” earning RMB633 million ($89.1 million) between Friday […]

Korea Box Office: ‘Escape’ Rises to Weekend Market Leader at Third Attempt

22 July 2024 at 01:36
“Escape,” a Korean-made action drama that has been on release for most of the month, took the lead at the South Korean box office over the latest weekend. The film recounts the story of a North Korean soldier who dreams of defecting and the South Korean officer who pursues him. It is directed by Lee […]

‘Bad Genius’ Director Baz Poonpiriya Launches BASK Venture With Thailand’s ‘Grandma’ Studio GDH

20 July 2024 at 02:00
Nattawut ‘Baz’ Poonpiriya, the director of 2017 pan-Asian hit “Bad Genius,” has joined forces with Thailand’s leading film studio GDH559 to launch new production company BASK. GDH, a subsidiary of the GMM group, is currently riding another wave of regional success with comedy-drama “How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies” breaking box office records in […]

Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Bugonia’: How ‘Parasite’ and ‘Squid Game’ Success Led the Auteur to Remake Korean Sci-Fi ‘Save the Green Planet’

19 July 2024 at 14:55
Fresh from their Cannes success with “Kinds of Kindness,” iconic director Yorgos Lanthimos and his totemic star Emma Stone are now busily filming “Bugonia,’ a sci-fi conspiracy movie that is a remake of South Korean film “Save the Green Planet.” The film follows two conspiracy-obsessed young men who kidnap the high-powered CEO of a major […]

Cheng Pei-pei, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Come Drink With Me’ Star, Dies at 78

19 July 2024 at 02:07
Cheng Pei-pei, the Chinese-born action film icon who starred in Ang Lee’s Oscar-nominated “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and King Hu’s seminal wuxia feature “Come Drink With Me,” has died. She was 78. Cheng, considered a pioneer of martial arts roles for female actors, died in the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday. She had long […]

Thailand’s ‘How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ Studio GDH559 Sets Powerhouse Releasing Slate

18 July 2024 at 08:59
Hot from its multi-territory success with “How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies,” Thai film studio GDH559 set out a powerful production and releasing slate for the coming year. Significantly, four of its next five releases have LGBT themes. Released in April, “Grandma” earned THB339 million ($9.4 million) in Thailand. It has since broken records […]

K-Pop’s MAMA Awards to Straddle Los Angeles and Japan

17 July 2024 at 23:00
The 2024 edition of K-pop’s MAMA Awards will kick-off in Los Angeles for the first time, before expanding into a two-day event in Osaka, Japan. Organizers said that the decision to present awards and have performances on both sides of the Pacific Ocean is “a significant step towards broadening K-pop reach as well as connecting […]

Anna Torv, Michael Dorman Head Cast of Netflix Epic Australian Outback Series ‘Territory’

17 July 2024 at 20:00
Anna Torv, star of “Mindhunter” and “The Newsreader,” and Michael Dorman (“For All Mankind,” “Patriot”) head the extensive cast of Netflix’s upcoming Australian Outback epic series “Territory.” The series, previously known as “Desert King” is set to premiere on Oct. 24. The show is created by Timothy Lee (“Mystery Road,” “Bump”) and Ben Davies (“Bondi […]