AMC Networks announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Sentai Holdings, LLC, which includes Sentai Filmworks and the TO HIDE streaming service. The acquisition includes all the interests of the members of Cool japan Fund, Inc., a Japanese public-private investment fund.
Matt Blank, Interim CEO of AMC Networks, said, “This acquisition builds on AMC Networks’ already strong intellectual property and franchises, and strengthens our focused streaming strategy of serving a passionate audience with depth of content, curation and community. With the addition of Sentai, we see an even greater opportunity to build on AMC Networks’ position as a global leader in targeted streaming, as we continue to build a long-term, sustainable and profitable streaming business. that will be transformational for our business. ”
Sentai Filmworks‘founder John ledford said, “We are thrilled with the acquisition of AMC Networks and are thrilled to be part of their growth strategy. This acquisition will not change Sentai’s mission to deliver the most exciting anime content to audiences around the world – it will expand it dramatically and give our content businesses more distribution, more partnerships, more scale and more. more reach. I couldn’t be happier. ”
Sentai Filmworksmanagement team, including Ledford, Griffin Vance, and Paul Clinkscales, will continue with the company in leadership roles.
Sentai Filmworks is a global supplier of anime and official merchandise. Company brands include TO HIDE streaming service, SentaiFilmworks.com, Anime Network cable video on demand, and Sentai Studios. Sentai Filmworks has fired many anime including Crafted in the Abyss, Akame ga KILL!, Food wars! Shokugeki no Soma, and Parasyte -the maxim-.
Cool japan Fund, the public-private company that the Japanese government employs to finance projects under its “Cool japan“program and Sentai Filmworks CEO Ledford invested in Sentai Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Sentai Filmworks, TO HIDE, and Anime Network.
Crispy roll has entered into a “home video distribution and electronic sales” partnership with Sentai Filmworks to distribute home video anime titles, which “appear as a mixture of English subtitled and dubbed content.”
AMC Networks portfolio includes AMC +, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK.
Source: Press release