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        • https://www.cartoonbrew.com/business...nt-170985.html (Mar 5)
          Warnermedia Reorganization Brings Cartoon Network And Adult Swim Under Its Management

          On Monday, Warnermedia announced a reorganization that could have a major impact on the future operation of its various animation divisions. (Warnermedia is AT&T's new name for the combined Warner Bros., Turner, and HBO.)

          As part of the company's new approach, Kevin Tsujihara, the chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., has been tasked with bringing together Warnermedia's family, kids, and animation efforts under a single Global Kids & Young Adults business.

          Here's what that means: in addition to the content produced by Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. Animation, Tsujihara now has broad oversight over Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang, as well as Otter Media (home to Ellation Studios, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and VRV), and all activities around Warnermedia-licensed consumer products. Prior to this, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim had operated with relative autonomy from their Atlanta headquarters, a holdover from the network's Turner days.

          Below are excerpts from a memo sent by Tsujihara to Warner Bros. employees yesterday:
          Here at Warner Bros., incorporating Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim into the company will truly make Kids/Young Adults/Animation a fundamental pillar of our business. This newly combined operation will allow us to take an integrated, global approach to all our kids and animation businesses (TV, film, games, consumer products) like never before, using the companies' IP, talent and legacies to create an animation powerhouse.

          How much of an impact this will have on the near-term output of these divisions remains to be seen. There is already some indication that Warner Bros. doesn't want to completely overhaul its Turner brands. For example, Variety reported that Christina Miller, the president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang, is under consideration for a more prominent kids and family role at Warner Bros.

          Also, it should be pointed out that there is already plenty of synergy between the various Warnermedia units that are banding together under this kids and young adult umbrella: Boomerang's Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera revivals are all Warnermedia properties, while Warner Bros. Animation produces shows for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang.

          But there are new possibilities for closer integration between the Warnermedia brands. Tsujihara has said that new animated tv series and digital projects could be coordinated with the release of Warner Animation Group features, and he believes that there's a chance to integrate Otter Media's output to support both WB's video game division and its DC Universe content.

          The bottomline is that Warnermedia believes that integrating these units will lead to greater profitability, especially in terms of consumer products. "When it's part of the same company, it's different," Tsujihara told Deadline. "The lion's share of their profitability comes from affiliate sales and advertising. So a vertically integrated entity would say, 'How can we drive more consumer products revenue from these properties?'"


          • Has there been any news/press releases on the state of CR? Manga app is broken (as of the December update), anime app broken on several services, website is broken, forums are broken, and seems like actual CS is nowhere to be seen Social media continues to promote content, but I haven't seen any statements regarding any of this Sending in tickets only gets a base response... It's all pretty sad to see, and looks like a number of people are pulling their subs (IF they can... because that's broken too).


            • https://deadline.com/2019/03/adult-s...eal-1202573898

              Adult Swim And Crunchyroll Team On Programming, Expand Distribution Deal

              Two of WarnerMedia's closely aligned assets, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, are deepening their ties with an expanded distribution deal and a new partnership for programming.

              The partnership makes Crunchyroll a premiere content partner for Toonami, the anime programming block that airs Saturday nights on Adult Swim. The two companies will collaborate on licensed content, co-productions and distribution opportunities.

              Crunchyroll, which was founded in 2006, had been controlled since 2014 by Otter Media and became a fully owned WarnerMedia subsidiary along with the rest of Otter's digital portfolio last year. Adult Swim launched in 2001 as a nighttime programming block on Cartoon Network before expanding to a separately distributed network years later.

              Both assets are among the WarnerMedia holdings being reshuffled under a sweeping reorganization announced this month by John Stankey. Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara now oversees a portfolio of kids and young-adult brands, including Adult Swim and the former Otter properties.

              "Our partnership with Crunchyroll will open up exciting new possibilities for both of us," Jason DeMarco, SVP and creative director for on-air at Adult Swim, said in the official announcement. "This will expand Toonami's already great programming to include even more premiere and original anime. It's a great time to be an anime fan!"

              "Our mission is to grow anime globally, which makes Adult Swim the perfect partner as Toonami has been incredibly influential in the growth of anime here in the U.S.," Crunchyroll GM Joanne Waage said. "We can't wait to show our fans what we have in store for them through this new programming partnership. Expect new co-productions, expanded distribution of dubs, and generally more accessible anime!"

              Adult Swim and Crunchyroll previously joined forces for Blade Runner – Black Lotus, a new anime series, and a co-production with Alcon Television Group based on the feature film Blade Runner 2049. The English dubbed episodes will premiere on Toonami and Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim worked together last year to bring Mob Psycho 100 to the Toonami block.


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                Why Would Crunchyroll Partner With Adult Swim?

                by Justin Sevakis, Mar 13th 2019

                Jacob asked:
                It was recently announced that Crunchyroll and the Cartoon Network anime block Toonami were forming a partnership. For me I have a hard time understanding why they would do this. For years Crunchyroll has been one of the top two anime streaming sites for North America with over a million subscriptions. On top of that Crunchyroll keeps getting bigger and bolder every year with now having their own convention and award show as well. It just seems like a weird move to me that they would want to partner with a Cartoon Network especially considering the younger generations ?cut the cord? attitude and the on-demand streaming culture we have turned into. My assumption would be to promote the dubs of the anime they got the exclusive right to as well as promote the website. To me just putting those dubs on the website would be just as effective. For Toonami they will put on anything that will get viewership and is affordable which is why they have anime from every company on their block. Is there something I am missing in this partnership that I am overlooking?

                There's a lot that makes sense about the recently released Crunchyroll partnership with Adult Swim. The first is fairly obvious: both companies now share a parent company: they are owned by WarnerMedia, and are now essentially sibling companies. It would make good sense to work together, and in doing so, be able to establish new brands and new franchises into the market with a lot more of a splash than either would be able to do separately.

                Crunchyroll is big, for a streaming site. They have 45 million unique visitors and 2 million paid subscribers. That's a huge achievement. And while a majority of those viewers are in North America, that total number is spread out in various degrees all over the world. So we don't really know how many of those viewers are in the USA, but given how traffic on English anime websites seems spread out, I'll bet it's roughly half to 2/3 of those numbers.

                But Crunchyroll has one major weak spot: it's very difficult for a new viewer to "stumble on" its shows and discover them if they aren't already looking for anime. Of all of the people that generally think favorably enough about anime to watch one if it looked interesting, but don't necessarily consider themselves fans, very very few of them would go to Crunchyroll.com or download the app to look for shows. They already do probably have Netflix, Amazon Prime and possibly Hulu. And many of them have cable.

                Adult Swim, sharing a channel with Cartoon Network, is available in 94 million American households. Not all of those households watch Adult Swim, but the channel is there. While they do have a core set of viewers, just being a fairly low-numbered channel on most cable lineups mean that they get explored by a lot of people at random, looking for interesting things to watch.

                Are many people excited about the cable TV business these days? Definitely not -- "cord cutting," (the term for people ditching cable TV, usually in favor of internet-based entertainment) is accelerating, and cable/satellite providers are losing subscribers at a record pace. Young adults, the core demographic that watches anime, especially seems disinterested in cable TV. Many of the cable networks, especially ad supported ones, face uncertain futures.

                However, none of that changes the fact that Adult Swim is still huge, and immediately available in a TON of American homes that do not even have a free Crunchyroll account, let alone a paid one. Adult Swim can reach people that have never heard of Crunchyroll. They can reach people that have never heard of anime, just by snagging eyes that are channel surfing. They can also reach people who don't have good internet connections and can't reliably stream video.

                The deal works well for everyone. Adult Swim gets access to new, hot anime content. They get to take advantage of Crunchyroll's place on anime production committees, industry connections, and overall stature in the business to participate in new shows and projects that were way beyond their reach before. Crunchyroll gets a new revenue stream for the shows they license and invest in, and they will likely get significant branding opportunities with Adult Swim.

                The two companies have very little to lose by working together. They serve pretty different audiences, and do so in completely different ways. By collaborating they can both potentially reach many more people and get a lot more attention for their shows. They can pool their money on marketing, so they might even save money. In my opinion, it's a no-brainer.

                As the different brands in WarnerMedia's new "Global Kids & Young Adults" unit start to join forces, I would look for all of those brands -- Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, VRV, Rooster Teeth, Cartoon Network and Boomerang -- to collaborate on more and more, and possibly combining.

                It's a crazy time of consolidation and rearrangement in the entertainment landscape, and that includes both of the major anime companies for the English speaking world. I would bet that we won't even recognize the media landscape in another few years -- that's how fast things are changing.


                • https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/dai...-heads/.144503

                  Crunchyroll Hires New Events, Marketing Heads
                  posted on 2019-03-14 02:45 EDT


                  • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                    Crunchyroll Hires New Events, Marketing Heads
                    posted on 2019-03-14 02:45 EDT
                    FYI, a little more on this: http://kidscreen.com/2019/03/14/crun...keting-events/
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                      • Got this earlier today via email.
                        Dear Crunchyroll Premium Subscriber,

                        As part of our commitment to continuously improve your Crunchyroll Premium experience, we are dedicated to investment in the very best anime coproductions and anime feature films from Japan. To continue growing our simulcast and catalog offering, the price of the Twelve-Month Premium membership will increase to $79.99 USD for new users on May 1, 2019.

                        However, as an existing Premium member, we're pleased to report that your current subscription rate is locked in at $59.95 USD for one year. After May 1, 2020, your following billing cycle will be charged at $79.99 USD.

                        Consider it our thanks for your continued support as an essential member of the Crunchyroll Community. Your subscription cost is shared with our partners in Japan and we thank you for helping us give back to the anime industry.

                        You can review your membership details at any time by visiting Your Account.

                        If you have any questions regarding your subscription, please email support@crunchyroll.com for assistance.

                        - The Crunchyroll Team
                        EDIT: https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/22/cr...-price-to-7-99
                        Crunchyroll is announcing its first major price increase since the anime streaming service launched in 2006.

                        Prices for its premium subscription will go up in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Nordics — in the U.S. and Australia, the monthly price will increase from $6.95 to $7.99 (or $79.99 per year), while British subscribers will see their bill go up from ?4.99 to ?6.50 (or ?64.99 per year).

                        You don't need to pay to watch Crunchyroll content, but a subscription gives you access to an ad-free experience, simulcasts shortly after a program airs in Japan and full access to the Crunchyroll library.

                        The company says it has 12 million active monthly users and 2 million paying subscribers.

                        As for why it's raising prices after so many years, a spokesperson suggested this is a natural part of Crunchyroll's evolution, as it's transformed from a site that depended on fans for (often-pirated) content, to one that works with all the major Japanese licensors, and claims to hold more than 90 percent of the world's anime content in its library.

                        "Crunchyroll has the world's largest collection of anime and we are grateful to have focused on building out such a robust library for over the last decade, without a price change in our company history," the spokesperson said. "However, due to rising costs of content and infrastructure, now is the time to introduce new subscription pricing."

                        Current monthly subscribers will be able to continue paying their current price for another three months, while annual subscribers be "grandfathered" at their current price for another year.

                        This also comes amidst broader corporate changes. Following AT&T's acquisition of the company now called WarnerMedia, it also took full ownership of Otter Media. And WarnerMedia has clearly been rethinking the strategy behind its individual streaming sites as it plans to launch a more comprehensive service later this year.
                        Last edited by WTK; 03-22-2019, 12:10 PM.


                        • Seems like bad news since theyve been at 2mln paying subs for years and theyve failed to grow the service by leaps and bounds thus we are left to pay for the increase.

                          Dont like the increase as its doing little to nothing to increase the site usability and stability. The site has had constant and consistent site uptime issues that theyve failed to ever address or fix beyond making a different drawing of their mascot.
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                          • Originally posted by 27CansOfTuna View Post
                            Seems like bad news since theyve been at 2mln paying subs for years and theyve failed to grow the service by leaps and bounds thus we are left to pay for the increase.

                            Dont like the increase as its doing little to nothing to increase the site usability and stability. The site has had constant and consistent site uptime issues that theyve failed to ever address or fix beyond making a different drawing of their mascot.

                            Yeah, if they use the extra cost to fix what needs to be fixing, then that's great. If they don't, then they can expect a bigger drop in subs, especially since people usually bail at seeing $1 increases.


                            • And this is one of the things I was fearing when Crunchyroll became owned at the top by AT&T as these megacorporations see something like Crunchyroll in a much different light than the guys who founded Crunchyroll. It shouldn't be too long before VRV sees a similar price hike as well. There's that, and also licensing has become much more expensive with other megacorporations involved like Amazon and Netflix driving up costs. At least I won't be affected until 2021 since my subscription renews every January, but nevertheless it was inevitable that this would happen now that anime has just about lost all of its benefits under its niche status.
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                              • Haven't they only been at 2 million since October '18? They were at 1 million as of February '17, going by the ANN articles.

                                A look at the inflation-adjusted numbers shows that this is a price adjustment, not a price increase. It's been at $6.95 since they first went legal in 2009, and $6.95 in today's dollars is $5.86 in 2009. So instead of operating at 84% of their 2009 price, they're operating at 96% of their 2009 price now -- $6.95 in 2009$ = $8.32 today. Not too unreasonable, considering that the catalogue is a lot bigger (despite the losses from the Funi partnership), licensing costs are higher, more servers/bandwidth are needed, and things like console/set-top apps and 1080p streaming weren't a thing 10 years ago.


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