“Our goal is to create a unified anime subscription experience as soon as possible,” says Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra.
Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, DC Comics, HBO Max, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera: Warnermedia has one of the world’s most famous animation portfolios, period.
The deal paves the way for the creation of an entertainment titan — and marks a drastic U-turn for AT&T.
The sale, if approved, will represent a major consolidation of global anime streaming and distribution.
Consolidation ahoy! Sony is already home to several anime units, including Crunchyroll’s main competitor Funimation.
Sony “balked at” the price for the anime streamer, according to a report.
Michael Ouweleen will serve as interim president of cartoon Network.
The loss of Super Deluxe will be especially felt by the independent animation community.