AMC Networks Acquire Sentai Filmworks and HI-DIVE


Yesterday, AMC Networks announced that it has acquired Sentai Holdings, LLC. The Houston Based Anime Distribution Company, which included Sentai Filmworks and the Anime Streaming Service, HI-DIVE has been acquired from the Cool Japan Fund.

With strong industry relationships and access to key content creators in Japan, Sentai distributes and curates one of the anime industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles, with its content available on Crunchyroll, Hulu and Amazon Prime, among others. Sentai’s HIDIVE streaming service represents a strong new addition to AMC Networks’ portfolio of fast-growing targeted offerings, which includes AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Networks, the global leader in targeted streaming, has forecast its targeted streaming portfolio will have exceeded nine million paid subscribers by year-end 2021, with 20-25 million paid subscribers by 2025.

AMC Networks Press Release

According to the new press release, founder John Ledford, Griffin Vance, and Paul Clinkscales will stay in their senior roles as the brand moves to AMC Networks.

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.

John Ledford, Sentai Founder

SOURCE: AMC Networks

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