POPS Worldwide, a leading operator of digital services across Southeast Asia, has received an investment from TV TOKYO Corporation.
TV TOKYO is the lead investor in the Series D financing round at POPS, which has amassed 690 million followers across its YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and OTT services that deliver originals as well as local and original acquired fare, including a slate of anime. TV TOKYO began working with POPS in 2020, licensing to the company properties like NARUTO, Sergeant KERORO and My Guardian Characters.
“This investment will make POPS one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of anime content in the industry and respond to the increasing demand of the dynamic young Gen Z population in Southeast Asia,” said Esther Nguyen, founder and CEO of POPS Worldwide.
Yukio Kawasaki, senior managing director of TV TOKYO, added, “We have been striving to bring Japanese animation to anime fans around the world as quickly as possible and with the best possible quality. We have been looking for a business development who can expand our business in Southeast Asia, and now we have found a great partner. We will continue to do our best in cooperation with POPS Worldwide, the leading digital entertainment company in SEA, to make everyone happy in the future.”