Sony’s Aniplex Buys Origamix – Variety

Aniplex, a Sony enterprise unit greatest referred to as a serious producer and distributor of anime movies and collection together with the hit “Demon Slayer,” is to accumulate Japanese IP improvement and expertise administration agency Origamix Partners. The agency can be expanded into live-action manufacturing.

The deal was introduced Wednesday and can change into efficient from June 1. The phrases of the acquisition weren’t disclosed aside from Aniplex acquiring “a full share” of the corporate.

Sony stated that Origamix, which has beforehand been behind the “Kingdom” movie franchise and the “Alice in Borderland” collection, now in its second season at Netflix,” can be renamed Myragion Studio.

“Myragion, which will start operations as a new company, will newly engage in producing live-action projects in addition to its existing talent agent and IP development businesses,” Sony stated. “Its live-action production will focus on developing and producing contents aiming at the global market, with creators (producers, scriptwriters and directors) as the core,” and proceed its affiliation with Sato Shinsuke, director of ‘Alice in Borderland’ and ‘Kingdom,” Sony stated.

“As part of the launch of operations as a new company, Myragion will enter into a strategic partnership with a content studio Imaginus, established in 2021 by Jinnie Choi, a former CEO of [TV production giant] Studio Dragon in South Korea. Based on this partnership, Choi will become an executive advisor to Myragion, with the aim of building a strong Asian premium production network together,” Sony stated.

At its latest annual technique presentation, Sony stated that the group goals to proceed to be acquisitive in its leisure verticals – international movie and TV (referred to as the ‘pictures division’), video games {hardware} and software program, and music.

The Japanese movie and TV operations are a part of the subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), which is part of the large music publishing and distribution enterprise.

Crunchyroll, an anime streaming service that the conglomerate acquired in 2021, is an independently-operated three way partnership between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Aniplex.

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