AMC Network Acquires Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE Streaming Platform

In some rather interesting news the giant US entertainment company AMC Networks have announced that they have acquired the US anime distributor and localisation studio Sentai Filmworks, as well as its streaming platform HIDIVE, as part of AMC Networks vision of expanding its array of services.

This acquisition of Sentai Filmworks, HIDIVE and Cool Japan Fund means that AMC Networks now owns the relevant companies, but at the moment at least it seems things will operate as normal, as John Ledford, Sentai’s Founder stated:

“We are thrilled by AMC Networks’ acquisition and are excited to be a part of their growth strategy. This acquisition will not change Sentai’s mission to deliver the most exciting anime content to audiences around the world — it will expand it greatly and will give our content businesses more distribution, more partnerships, more scale and more reach. I could not be more pleased.”

Here is what AMC Networks Interim CEO Matt Blank, had to say about the announcement:

“With a seasoned team, strong content and direct-to-consumer offerings for fans around the world, Sentai is a key global player in anime. This acquisition builds on AMC Networks’ already strong IP and franchises, and furthers our targeted streaming strategy of super-serving passionate audiences with content depth, curation and community. With the addition of Sentai, we see an even greater opportunity to build on AMC Networks’ position as the global leader in targeted streaming, as we continue to grow a sustainable and long-term profitable streaming business that will be transformational for our company.”

The news of Sentai Filmworks, and HIDIVE, being acquired by another larger US company may not seem newsworthy for UK anime fans, but content from Sentai Filmworks is offered through various streaming platforms (including HIDIVE, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime) and in the past few years MVM Entertainment have re-released Sentai Filmwork authored releases in the UK. Currently we are not expecting any notable changes in partnerships and distribution, but it will be interesting to see what will happen in the future as a result of this new acquisition by AMC Networks.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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