Funimation


Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker exits following Funimation merger

Colin Decker, who became CEO of anime streamer Crunchyroll following its merger with Funimation last month, is exiting the company. Decker, who previously headed up Funimation, leaves the role after more than three years at Sony, which acquired Funimation in 2017. He will be succeeded by Rahul Purini, the current COO of Crunchyroll, who also served in […]

Sony’s anime streamers Funimation and Crunchyroll to merge

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it is folding anime streamer Funimation into Crunchyroll. Sony acquired Crunchyroll from AT&T in August 2021 in a deal valued at US$1.175 billion. The announcement delivers on Sony’s promise to merge the two anime SVODs into one single subscription, with the company saying that pricing will remain unchanged.  In […]

Sony’s Funimation closes Crunchyroll acquisition

Sony’s Funimation group has completed its $1.175bn acquisition of AT&T’s global anime streaming service Crunchyroll, bringing the two competing services under the same roof. The agreement was first announced in December 2020 and had been awaiting regulatory approval. The deal includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles and while the two companies will remain separate […]

Funimation expands in Lat Am

Sony-owned anime streamer Funimation has further expanded into Latin America, launching in Colombia, Chile and Peru yesterday. Arriving with a web-only preview, the full SVOD service will roll out next month on various apps, smart TV platforms and gaming consoles, including Android, iOS, Roku, PlayStation and Xbox. The new launches follow Funimation’s arrival in Mexico […]

AT&T agrees US$1.175 billion Crunchyroll sale to Sony

Sony has agreed to buy AT&T-owned Anime streaming service Crunchyroll in a deal worth US$1.175 billion. Announced on Wednesday by AT&T, the service – which has three million paying subscribers – will be incorporated into Sony’s own anime streamer Funimation. The acquisition also includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles. The sale was […]

SPT’s FunimationNow joins Amazon’s UK channels line-up

Sony Pictures Television’s anime service, FunimationNow, has joined the Amazon Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK. The rollout marks SPT’s first service launch on Prime Video in the UK and FunimationNow joins Amazon’s roster of more than 70 channels that are available as individual subscriptions for Prime subscribers. FunimationNow is priced at £4.99 per […]

Sony Pictures buys distributor Funimation

Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a “substantial” majority stake in Funimation Productions, in a deal that values the Japanese anime distributor at around US$150 million (€127 million). Funimation, which sells Japanese content in the US, has a catalogue of toons that includes Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop and One Piece, […]