AMC Networks launched that it performed the acquisition of Sentai Holdings, which incorporates Sentai Filmworks licensing firm and HiDIVE anime streaming carrier on January 5. The acquisition contains all of the member interests from Chilly Japan Fund, Inc., which beforehand invested over US$30 million in Sentai Filmworks since 2019.
John Ledford, the founder of Sentai, acknowledged that “this acquisition won’t exchange Sentai’s mission to bring doubtlessly the most thrilling anime enlighten to audiences world large — this can lengthen it tremendously and can present our enlighten agencies more distribution, more partnerships, more scale, and more attain”. Ledford is persevering with along with his senior role.
Sentai’s manufacturers consist of Sentai Filmworks and HiDive, however additionally Anime Network (cable subscription video-on-search data from carrier) and Sentai Studios – localization and studio services and products. HiDIVE, which honest currently ended its partnership with now Funimation-owned VRV, offers plenty of current anime titles equivalent to Made in Abyss and Akame ga Assassinate!.
AMC Networks is a global leisure firm. Their portfolio contains AMC , Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, along with AMC Studios, which is within the lend a hand of current titles admire The Walking Useless. AMC’s acquisition of Sentai is their first endeavor into the anime scene.
In September 2021, Funimation’s acquisition of Crunchyroll turned into beneficial, growing Sony’s presence within the anime streaming industry. Througout all this Sentai remained self satisfactory, though Sentai Filmworks had a partnership with Crunchyroll, aimed at distributing CR titles on dwelling video, while HiDIVE partnered up with VRV.