WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

WarnerMedia Now Fully Owns Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll

Today (7th August), Cartoon Network’s ultimate parent company – AT&T has fully acquired Otter Media, the owner of Japanese anime streaming service – Crunchyroll and the multiple entertainment brand aggregator streaming service – VRV. Complete control of Otter Media will be under the responsibility of AT&T’s entertainment division – WarnerMedia. Before the full buyout, The company was a joint-venture between AT&T and The Cherin Group – a media and entertainment investment company. The full acquisition of Otter Media includes its wholly-owned subsidiary Ellation, an online subscription video service provider that owns and operates Crunchyroll and VRV, entertainment company – Rooster Teeth and YouTube multichannel network – Fullscreen. Otter Media also has ownership stakes in global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, as well as Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon.

Since its founding in 2014, Otter Media has established a global audience of more than 93 million unique monthly customers and is on reach to target 75 billion video views this year. The company is also one of the top-ten subscription video on demand providers with more than 2 million subscribers. VRV subscribers have access to Otter Media’s Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth but also rival anime service – Funimation and also Cartoon Hangover – a channel that features original animated series from Frederator Studios, the same company that co-produced Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

WarnerMedia already has an anime content brand – Toonami, which is an anime programming block that airs on Saturday nights on Adult Swim USA, however no information has been released on how the full acquisition of Crunchyroll would affect the existing programming block. Although, last November, Jason DeMarco, Creative Director for on-air at Adult Swim and Producer and co-creator of Toonami has said the block will continue until at least the year 2021.

http://comicbook.com/anime/2017/11/19/toonami-to-continue-until-2021/

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: AT&T Acquires Full Ownership of Otter Media

AT&T has acquired The Chernin Group’s controlling interest in Otter Media, the joint venture between the two companies. Otter Media, a leading subscription, advertising and content
company, comprises wholly-owned subsidiaries Ellation, an online subscription video service provider, with offerings under the Crunchyroll and VRV brands, as well as a full-service digital media company, Fullscreen, and its Rooster Teeth brand. Otter also has ownership stakes in global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, as well as Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon.

Otter Media will be a part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit and Tony Goncalves, who was appointed Otter CEO earlier this year, will continue to run the company, reporting to WarnerMedia CEO, John Stankey.

“We are thrilled to incorporate the Otter Media brands and talent into WarnerMedia,” said John Stankey, WarnerMedia CEO. “Working with Tony, we look to harness Otter’s expertise in feeding the passion of on-line audiences to augment our portfolio of digital assets and help us further engage, connect and entertain consumers around the globe.”

AT&T and The Chernin Group founded Otter Media in 2014 to invest and develop platforms and properties that capitalized on the growth of direct-to-consumer subscription and advertising models, as well as the rise of new digital media brands.

In the four years since Otter Media’s founding, interest in consuming video online and via mobile devices has only accelerated. In that time, the company has established a global audience of more than 93 million unique monthly consumers and is on pace to deliver over 75 billion video views this year. Additionally, the company is one of the top-ten subscription video on demand (SVOD) providers with more than 2 million paying SVOD subscribers.

“From the outset, Randall Stephenson and John Stankey championed the Otter strategy and vision, and AT&T has been an ideal partner in building the business — smart, creative and supportive,” said Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group. “With AT&T’s direct-to-consumer relationships, vast data and varied content, I believe they can accelerate Otter’s growth. The combination with WarnerMedia will create a new-era media company, serving customers with every type of content delivered through every possible distribution channel.”

“The Chernin Group’s support and expertise has helped us expand Otter’s capabilities and refine our strategy over the past several years, and today’s news is a testament to our team’s dedication to super-serving passionate audiences across multiple platforms,” said Tony Goncalves, Otter Media CEO. “Otter’s digital-native talent pool understands that today’s viewers want their entertainment mobile, social and community-centric. We plan to harness Otter’s talent and scale to engage and entertain fans around the world on their own terms. And we will continue to be agile and nimble — a hallmark of Otter Media’s culture — so we can deliver the digital, social-first content that our audiences want.”

“Otter is delivering on our mission to build a leading portfolio of direct-to-consumer media brands that have passionate fans and a multi-pronged business model,” said Jesse Jacobs, President, The Chernin Group. “With AT&T’s portfolio in media, distribution and content, combined with Tony’s leadership, we believe full ownership by AT&T will take these businesses to the next level.”

The Otter Media companies have built large networks of talented creators and influencers and have deep libraries of video content. The Otter Media portfolio includes Ellation, a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. Crunchyroll is a SVOD service that gives millions of fans access to a vast library of anime content. VRV aggregates and distributes content from multiple over-the-top content providers, including Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth.

Another key part of the Otter Media family, Fullscreen, is a digital media company that empowers talent and brands to build and monetize highly engaged, social-first audiences through best-in-class strategy, creative services and technology. Fullscreen began as a network of creators, social influencers and YouTube stars that is now 4,500 strong. Since its inception, it has diversified to include branded content, traditional advertising and social media marketing.

Rooster Teeth serves up original shorts, series, comedies and animation for a diverse gaming audience through an owned and operated SVOD service and website, as well as by licensing content to third parties.

AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit was created after the close of the Time Warner acquisition in June 2018. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it did not have a material effect on AT&T’s first-half 2018 results when the majority of the deal was funded. This acquisition does not change the company’s plan to reduce its net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio to the 2.5x range by the end of 2019 and to its historical range by the end of 2022.

http://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2018/08/07/att-acquires-full-ownership-of-otter-media

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

The long-awaited next installment of the Dragon Ball franchise – Dragon Ball Super will premiere on Adult Swim USA’s anime action block – Toonami on Tuesday 7th January 2017. Season 1 of the new series will have a total of 26 episodes, encompassing the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ story arcs. New episodes will air every Saturday. Voice acting talent features veteran voice actors from previous Dragon Ball series’ including Seán Schemmel (Goku), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta), Jason Douglas (Beerus), Ian Sinclair (Whis) and Sonny Strait (Krillin).

Dragonball Super is animated by infamous Japanese anime studio – Toei Animation (also known for Digimon, Sailor Moon and One Piece) and dubbed in American English by Funimation. Toonami Asia will premiere the show on 21st January 2017, with another English dub produced by Bang Zoom Entertainment.

Dragonball Super Synopsis

With Majin Buu defeated, Goku has taken a completely new role as…a radish farmer?! With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. Far away, the powerful God of Destruction, Beerus, awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of an even more formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

From The Funimation Press Release: English Dub Of “Dragon Ball Super” Hit Anime Series To Premiere On Adult Swim’s Toonami January 7, 2017 At 8 PM And 11:30PM ET

Dragon Ball fans everywhere just received the biggest gift of the holiday season. Toei Animation Inc., Funimation© Entertainment and Adult Swim are pleased to announce their partnership to bring “Dragon Ball Super” to TV audiences starting next January. “Dragon Ball Super” is the first new storyline in more than 18 years from original creator Akira Toriyama and the Dragon Ball franchise, which was first introduced to the U.S. more than 20 years ago. Adult Swim will begin airing the U.S. English dub of “Dragon Ball Super” Season 1 during the Toonami block starting on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET. Season 1, which totals 26 episodes, encompasses the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ story arcs. New episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” will air each Saturday.

”Dragon Ball Super” is more than the latest adventure in the Dragon Ball saga – It’s a collaboration between the series original creator, Akira Toriyama and a passionate team of men and women who are both longtime partners and talented newcomers. “Dragon Ball Super” comes with everything viewers can hope for after waiting 18 long years for a new series – impressible dangers to overcome, the reuniting of beloved characters, and new additions to the mythos that will rock Dragon Ball’s very foundation,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “We are very excited to return “Dragon Ball Super” to its U.S. broadcast home on Adult Swim.”

“Toonami and the Dragon Ball franchise have a long and storied history together in the U.S.,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president of on-air for Adult Swim. “We are thrilled to be premiering “Dragon Ball Super” to our audience and keeping Dragon Ball on Toonami!”

“We’re extremely pleased to join with Toei Animation in this broadcast partnership with Adult Swim to bring “Dragon Ball Super” to a whole new generation of TV audiences,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “I have no doubt that ‘Dragon Ball Super’ will eclipse the television success of the original Dragon Ball series that first aired here more than 20 years ago when anime was still new to the U.S. Those kids that grew up watching Dragon Ball now have kids of their own.”

http://www.funimation.com/blog/2016/12/07/english-dub-of-dragon-ball-super-hit-anime-series-to-premiere-on-adult-swims-toonami-january-7-2017-at-8-p-m-and-1130-p-m-et/