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  • WTK
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    EDIT: https://www.facebook.com/HanabeeOffi...33662723416874


    per email blast:

    Whatever Happened To Hanabee?

    TL;DR: Hanabee's all good. Black Friday sale codes valid from Thursday-Monday but stock is limited:

    50% off anime: 2019BLACKFRIDAYANIME
    10% off Kojima Productions: 2019BLACKFRIDAYKOJIMA

    Everyone,

    As you may have noticed, Hanabee hasn't been overly active throughout the last few months. I owe you an explanation.


    I founded the company nearly eight years ago. From the very get-go, Hanabee had a dual-purpose: representing anime as well as Rooster Teeth in Australia. The brilliant and talented staff - Karen, Zi, Cameron, Claire, Miki, Carl, Tambo, Maddie, John, Andrew, and Tero - took on whatever challenges came about in stride. Working with that group has - by far - been my most cherished part of the company's history to date.

    The first challenges were a lot of fun. The conventions, RTOZ events, boat cruises, pub crawls, YouTube channel, animation lectures, and afterparties created something. It established a bond with Hanabee and an incomparable group of people known as "Roo Teeth." Collaborating with Caiti, Nelly, and others on these events, which themselves founded lifelong friendships and memories, satisfied me to no end.

    Then I think about RTX Sydney, and it blows my mind. We stumbled through the first one, made a lot of mistakes, and reflected heavily on them. With a lot to prove, we regrouped and rebounded strongly in year two with Hideo Kojima, the Nintendo Switch, and air conditioning. This was probably the most impressive accomplishment our small team was able to achieve, and the result I'm most proud of (except for that time I pissed off Karen...sorry Karen!)

    RTX 2017 Industry party - from left: Cam, Kojima-san, Eric, Patrick from Supanova
    After all this time and all these projects, we found our team was getting more and more focused on Rooster Teeth, who became our biggest client. I took on a new project with them in the UK, and the team took over the responsibilities in Australia, embracing the chaos.

    It became clear over the last year that Rooster Teeth's global growth would lead to a crossroads. Their merchandise team is world-class, and they started pumping out a range of products as fast as Zara. Even Amazon struggles to keep up with those logistical demands.

    Although we fought like hell, ultimately, the Australian store couldn't keep up. So the hard decision was made, and we started the process of untying Hanabee and Rooster Teeth's long-standing relationship. That lead to a restructure; the original staff since moved on to a variety of new challenges. I know what they're capable of, and I am certain they will all do amazing things.

    Xmas 2015 - from left: Karen, Tambo, Koichi, Miki, Eric, Cameron, Zi, Carl
    Hanabee survived. There are some bruises and scars, but also wisdom and maturity. The company is more sustainable, and at the end of 2019, we have a clear agenda:
    1. Replenish and bring in new products in support of Kojima Productions, in time for Xmas.
    2. Work with Rooster Teeth to initiate a final store closure. Everything (I mean everything) must go.
    3. Replenish the anime range and identify what new opportunities there may be in that highly competitive space.
    4. Expand our product offerings and distribution; market them more effectively.
    5. Establish a regular cadence of communication, primarily through our newsletter.
    6. Offer solutions for companies looking to grow their businesses in Australia.
    7. Attend the odd convention, but not 16 per year like before.
    Fundamentally, you are the only reason Hanabee exists. Our 2020 goal is a simple one: improve each day.

    Starting now, then, here's our Black Friday offer, valid from Thursday - Monday:

    50% off anime: 2019BLACKFRIDAYANIME
    10% off Kojima Productions: 2019BLACKFRIDAYKOJIMA

    Thanks for reading and be safe during this year's silly season!

    Very best,
    Eric Cherry
    Founder & CEO
    Last edited by WTK; 11-28-2019, 11:24 AM.

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  • JRPictures
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    Event Cinemas is listing something titled the "Crunchyroll Anime Show" for release on December 15, 2019. There's no bio on the page and the run time is listed at 120 mins. Mystery movie perhaps (Konosuba is likely) or something else...CR Anime Show Event.PNG

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  • WTK
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    Children of the Sea | In Cinemas December 12
    https://youtu.be/9ymJvqelwXE

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  • WTK
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    Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl - In Cinemas October 10
    https://youtu.be/4pEGEFXlQCs

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  • JRPictures
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    Promare Australian Premiere - Madman Anime Festival

    https://youtu.be/42JwhOoKdVY

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  • WTK
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    Not sure if this applies to anime or not...


    https://blog.tubi.tv/2019/08/28/tubi...e-in-australia (Aug 28)

    TUBI LAUNCHES LARGEST PREMIUM AD-SUPPORTED VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA

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  • WTK
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    Human Lost Trailer - MadFest Melbourne 2019
    https://youtu.be/9_PZ5-OWrYc

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  • WTK
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    Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Trailer - Australian Premiere MadFest Melbourne
    https://youtu.be/IH-pjmXHIQc

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  • JRPictures
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    From Madman's Industry Panel at SMASH:

    https://twitter.com/JRPictures/statu...39820691591168
    Talking about distributing shows for Funimation and working with them on more stuff. 31 titles coming to AnimeLab soon thanks to their relationship. Calls each other 'cousins' because of the Sony situation
    https://twitter.com/JRPictures/statu...40404735844353
    15 titles coming to cinemas in Aus over the next 12 months
    https://twitter.com/JRPictures/statu...47429310013441
    Weathering with You Australian release: Maybe...
    https://twitter.com/JRPictures/statu...48685344739328
    Konosuba rights are complicated with AnimeLab holding exclusive Aus streaming rights and Crunchyroll exclusively hosting the dub. Sly hopes to see a home video release someday, has no idea what the plans in the U.S. are

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  • JRPictures
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    Event Cinemas was listing Studio Trigger's Promare for release on June 13.

    Studio 4C's Children of the Sea is having its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 15 and 16, Madman is listed as the distributor.

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  • WTK
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    Funimation AU

    https://twitter.com/funimationau

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  • JRPictures
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    Some more elaboration: http://madboards.madman.com.au/viewt...=899952#899952

    None. We are also now majority owned by Aniplex which is a division of Sony Music Japan, not Sony Pictures which is who owns Funimation. We're like distant cousins. All of our existing licenses and how we license moving forward doesn't change, we are still Madman and we are not changing our name to Aniplex. The branding stays.

    Cinema distribution remains the same, we assess all movies that get released if they are viable to do so and whether if we are able to obtain a license for it. Which films, in particular, are you referring to, as we have released many anime films in cinemas around 1 a month over the last few years?

    Keeping in mind the key word here is viable. Not every film is a viable release if we do not believe enough of an audience will go to see a film it is not really worthwhile to spend extra effort to chase after a title, pay money to license it and then set a distribution plan. We have to prove to cinemas that certain titles are worthwhile doing and this is not always easy, I'd like to think that we have done a lot to expand the availability of content . We have great slate of films coming up including Fate/Stay Night Heaven's Feel 2, Love Live! Sunshine!! and more. Not to mention we just did Dragon Ball Super at over 170 locations in our biggest release of an anime film ever in Australia history.

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  • WTK
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    ^ http://madboards.madman.com.au/viewt...=899945#899945
    Originally posted by Slykura
    The short answer is nothing is changing. People shouldn't be worried but rather should be seeing the brighter side in all of this.

    The Madman brand is still sticking around.
    Last edited by WTK; 02-06-2019, 11:38 PM.

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  • WTK
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    https://www.afr.com/street-talk/dire...0190204-h1at6u
    Director's cut: MacKenzie's Five V Capital sells Madman anime arm to Sony

    Madman Media, the film distribution and production group backed by Adrian MacKenzie's private equity firm Five V Capital, is in a position of "chikara" (that's Japanese for power) after selling one of its divisions in a $35 million deal.

    It is understood Madman's sold its anime unit to Aniplex, which is another anime business owned by entertainment giant Sony.

    It appears to be a good outcome for Madman - and its owner Five V, which invested and oversees the company alongside former media executives Brett Chenoweth and Charbel Nader.

    The shareholders paid $21 million for Madman about four years ago - and now they have sold its anime unit, which is about one-third of the overall Madman business, for $35 million.

    No doubt Madman's owners are hoping their next big moment could come on February 24, when the annual Academy Awards are held. The company's traditional film distribution business has five films nominated for an Oscar, including Mirai, Free Solo, Vasarhelyi, Minding the Gap and Capernaum.

    It comes as other film distributors are going through a tough time. Global distributor eOne shut its business in Australia, while Village Roadshow's issues are well documented.

    The other part of Madman's focus is streaming - which is something of a hedge against the traditional distribution business. Madman is building up two streaming businesses; DocPlay and Garage.

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  • JRPictures
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    Lu Over The Wall was classified by the Aus Classification Board with Half Symbolic Films as the applicant. After searching for them, I found their website and a post announcing they acquired Lu and Night is Short, Walk on Girl with plans for theatrical release in Australia early 2019.

    The post was made back in April but the company seems to be so small they don't even seem to have any social media accounts or reach, hence the late discovery.

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