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FUNimation Opens Anime Production Arm

Posted on: November 24, 2009

"You should be watching"Yesterday, anime mega-company FUNimation announced the hiring of Chris Moujaes as their Director of Original Entertainment, an announcement which could have long-reaching effects in the anime industry. Moujaes, a veteran of international production teams and management, will be in charge of acquiring licenses and developing new anime.

FUNimation isn’t the first American anime company to throw their hat into the anime production ring, but given the company’s shrewd business sense and strong placement in the market, this entry has a lot of legs with it. The question is, what “major intellectual properties” are they talking about? Will they be yet another company looking for manga to turn into the Next Great Merchandising Opportunity, or will they be pulling a Marvel/Madhouse and making anime based on huge American properties?

Time will tell… in the meantime, check out the full press release behind the jump.

Flower Mound, Texas – November 23, 2009 – FUNimation Entertainment has appointed animation industry executive Chris Moujaes to the position of Director of Original Entertainment.

Chris comes to FUNimation with extensive experience in developing international co-productions, managing overseas animation production teams and creating and marketing original entertainment properties. Most recently, Moujaes was with the Austin, Texas-based animation studio Boomstar Inc., where he was President and Chief Creative Officer.

Under FUNimation‘s important new co-production initiative, Moujaes will focus his efforts on the acquisition and development of a slate of original anime titles based on major intellectual properties.

Moujaes is a native of Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film. He found his niche in animation and storytelling early on as an independent producer specializing in property development for AOL Kids and as President of branding agency, Spoonbend. Later, Moujaes co-founded Boomstar to negotiate international television co-productions and to provide animation services through Boomstar’s studio facilities in the United States and India.

Moujaes begins his role at FUNimation immediately.

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

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3 Responses to "FUNimation Opens Anime Production Arm"

… would anime produced by an American company be considered anime (in our sense of the word)?

unless they back it and the artists are from japan

An excellent question, which I’ll address in a future Thursday Talking Point!

Does it matter? I don’t think so. I think it more of a style. I.e. There is Western Animation styles (Batman, Avatar, Total Drama Island) and Anime styles (Kanon, One Piece, Utawarerumono). They must mean an Anime style.

It’s like: Is manga written and drawn by Americans in a manga style still manga? Dramacon has an interesting thing on it in the first volume.

Oh well, I will keep my deepest thoughts for our Thursday discussion.

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