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Industry News Roundup – January 2020

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Project Anime provides some of the latest news in the Japanese pop culture industry during January 2020.



[Anime News Network]

Digital Manga Sales Up 29.5% in Japan in 2019









Netflix has ordered a live-action show based on One Piece, which will add to the current live-action adaptations roster to court manga and anime fans







[Anime News Network]

Funimation will shut down access to its FunimationNow streaming service for users in Australia and New Zealand on March 30






[Business Insider]

Youtube nabs exclusive streaming rights for Activision Blizzard’s Global Esports Competitions








[Publishers Weekly]

Vertical and Kodansha Advanced Media have been consolidated under Kodansha USA Publishing, with Alvin Lu named as the CEO and president







[The Japan Times]

Four NTT group companies and two others to set up Japanese esports firm









Netflix secures international rights to Studio Ghibli animated films







[Anime News Network]

As only the second time in its history that it ran for four days, Comic Market (Comiket) 97 broke its winter and all-time attendance records








[Cord Cutters News]

Thomas Overton (previously VP of Engineering at VentureBeat) joins Crunchyroll as CTO







[The Hollywood Reporter]

Sony’s Funimation Adds Key Hires to Grow Anime Distributor




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