Business22 October 2020
Tokyo, Japan – October 23, 2020 – Netflix announced it has entered into production line partnerships with four anime production studios ANIMA & COMPANY owning NAZ, Science SARU and MAPPA from Japan, as well as Studio Mir based in Korea to explore new stories and formats to entertain anime fans around the world.
Partnerships with best-in-class production houses enable Netflix to work with some of the best creators, promote talent development and provide support in every stage of production to create the best content for the global anime community.
Netflix has inked non-exclusive production line partnerships with other Japanese production houses including Production I.G and bones in 2018, and Anima, Sublimation and David Production in 2019. With today’s announcement, our partnership is brought to a total of nine production houses. And for the first time, our creative home in Tokyo bolsters partnerships beyond Japan to Studio Mir in Korea.
“In just four years, we’ve built a dedicated team based in Tokyo that serves to entertain the global anime community through new and aspirational storytelling. With these additional partnerships with industry trailblazers who do amazing work often marrying the latest technologies and traditional hand-drawn animation, we’re excited to bring fans a greater variety of even more amazing stories,” said Taiki Sakurai, Anime Chief Producer, Netflix.
Comments from production studios:
Yasuo Suda, CEO, ANIMA＆COMPANY Co., Ltd. (NAZ): “In 2020, we’re reimagining the way the world is perceived. Our lives have been transformed. Expectations and values of visual arts and entertainment are also changing. Visual arts is a culture that is a beacon of hope, transcending distance and space, and welcoming its viewers to multiple places all at the same time. At NAZ, we look forward to working closely with Netflix, a leader in this field, and ensuring that future generations see the 21st century as a time of noteworthy works in the history of visual arts. This is a wakeup call to a new era of storytelling.”
Eunyoung Choi, CEO, Science SARU Inc.: “Our collaboration with Netflix regarding shows such as DEVILMAN Crybaby and Japan Sinks: 2020 reflects our shared understanding of storytelling and the desire to take on fresh challenges. Together with Netflix, Science SARU aims to deliver highly relevant content to fans more directly, by staying true to the world changing around us, and listening closely to our fans.”
Jae Myung Yoo, CEO, Studio Mir Co., Ltd.: ”In celebration of Netflix Anime Festival 2020 (hosted on Oct 27), we are thrilled to establish a solid partnership with Netflix. Through the production line deal, we look forward to showcasing the vibrant creativity of Korean animation to a worldwide audience.”
Manabu Otsuka, CEO, MAPPA Co., Ltd.: “This partnership enables us to deliver on our mission to bring best-in-class content at an accelerated pace to anime fans on Netflix. Together with Netflix, we look forward to discovering what excites animation fans - both in Japan and beyond - with the best experiences, and making every effort to produce great shows in response to that fandom.”
Netflix titles created under Production Line Partnerships:
Altered Carbon: Resleeved (Anima)
Ghost in the Shell SAC_******_********_**2045 (Production I.G)
Dragon’s Dogma (Sublimation)
Coming 2021 and beyond
Spriggan (David Production)
Vampire in the Garden (WIT STUDIO - a group company under Production I.G)
Super Crooks (Bones)
About ANIMA & COMPANY
Since its founding in 2013, NAZ - ANIMA & COMPANY's anime production studio - has been producing entertainment, art and content. NAZ creates video productions for animation, live-action, promotional videos, commercials, music videos, movies and series. Its most notable works are animation sequences from Koizumi Norihiro’s Chihayafuru: Kami No Ku, Angolmois: Genko Kassenki, the promotional clip of the live action The Way of the Househusband, and Aokiei’s film ID:INVADED, all of which were well received in Asia.
About Science SARU
Science SARU is an award-winning animation studio with diverse and talented staff. Our creative mission is to explore new avenues of expression through relevant storytelling. Science SARU’s debut feature film LU OVER THE WALL received the Crystal award for Best Feature Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2017. Other representative works include the animated feature films THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (2017) and RIDE YOUR WAVE (2019), as well as the animated series DEVILMAN crybaby (2018), SUPER SHIRO (2019), and KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF EIZOUKEN! (2020). Our most recent release is the Netflix Original anime series, JAPAN SINKS: 2020. Currently, we are working on the animated feature film INU-OH, due for release in 2021.
About Studio Mir
Studio Mir Co., Ltd is a South Korean animation studio specializing in the entire production process from start to finish. Founded in 2010, the studio has quickly tapped into the North American market with its strong production skills featuring 2D animation sensibility and CGI technology. Among other works, it is best known for The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and the recently announced The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, expanding its traditional platform into the global OTT market.
MAPPA is a Japanese animation production studio established in June 2011 that leverages the originality of its creators to develop diverse content not bound to any genre or media. Recent focus has been on strengthening both quality and productivity. With a team of talented creators, MAPPA harnesses the power of creation to deliver top-quality content to audiences around the world.
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Nao Azuma, Communications