Nelvana, Sumitomo join in the name of anime

Together with former Cartoon Network president Stuart Snyder, Corus-owned Nelvana and Japan's Sumitomo will develop and co-produce original anime properties.
February 2, 2018

Corus Entertainment-owned production and distribution arm Nelvana has joined forces with Japanese investment company Sumitomo to develop and co-produce new anime properties for the global market.

To support the project, Sumitomo has tapped Tokyo-based content creation firm Zeroichi to produce original anime and toy concepts.

Nelvana and Sumitomo will work together with Zeroichi president Shigeki Fujiwarawho was involved in the creation of brands like Beyblade and Majinboneas well as Stuart Snyder, former president and COO of Cartoon Network. Snyder, who brought the parties together through his New York-based consultancy Snyder Media Group, will consult on the venture going forward.

The deal comes as anime continues to become increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Recently, California toymaker Jakks Pacific launched Studio JP, a joint venture with animation studio Rising Anime to capitalize on the genre. Meanwhile, Cyber Group Studios, Supamonk Studios and La Choutte Compagnie have also teamed up to create a new anime series entitled Droners.


About The Author
Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's News & Social Media Editor. Contact her at


Brand Menu