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FilmRise to Distribute TMS Entertainment Anime in North America


FilmRise has acquired the North American AVOD rights to 38 series and films from TMS Entertainment.

Multiple seasons and films from the LUPIN THE 3rd, Sonic X, Virtua Fighter and Case Closed franchises are included in the deal, as well as the series Sherlock Hound, Monster Rancher, ItaKiss, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas and the film Little Nemo.

FilmRise will distribute the programs to AVOD/FAST platforms and the FilmRise Streaming Network, where they will be available to stream on an upcoming OTT anime-focused channel.

Max Einhorn, senior VP of acquisitions and co-productions, said: “TMS Entertainment is one of the world’s premier anime studios and a key player in this genre that is experiencing tremendous growth with streaming audiences around the world. These highly sought-after productions from TMS are an incredible addition to our offerings in this increasingly popular vertical.”

Sam Maseba of TMS Entertainment added: “Partnering with FilmRise allows us to increase exposure of these highly popular anime programs. Already having a dedicated and loyal following around the world, these hit series can now be enjoyed for free on streaming platforms in North America.”

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