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Polygon Pictures and Nelvana Ink Deal for Japanese Children’s Content

Nelvana, a producer and distributor of children’s content, has inked a development deal with Polygon Pictures “to deliver stand out Japanese originated animated content for kids.” Nelvana has previously worked with the Japanese properties Bakugan™, Beyblade, and Cardcaptor Sakura.

Rika Sasaki, who has worked at d-rights Inc., ADK Emotion and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, will also be involved.

“Nelvana has enjoyed tremendous success over the years working with several notable Japanese content companies on such brands as Bakugan™, Beyblade, and Cardcaptor Sakura, and we are excited to team up with Polygon Pictures to uncover the next big global hit,” remarked Colin Bohm, who is in charge of EVP Content and Corporate Strategy for Nelvana’s parent company, Corus Entertainment. “We’ve long admired Polygon Pictures, a truly innovative and creative studio, and we couldn’t be happier to be working together.”

Shuzo Shiota, President of Polygon Pictures, also put out a statement. “Over the past 10 plus years, Doug Murphy, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment, Colin, and I have had many impassioned discussions about how we can synergise our strengths, to create global hits out of properties originating from Japan.”

A press release explained that their partnership will deal with Japanese properties directed toward kids, and they will be “drawing inspiration from both existing legacy content and creating new perspectives such as lifestyle, publishing, and design.”

Polygon Pictures gave this description of itself:

“Founded in July 1983, Polygon Pictures is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan and produces cutting-edge entertainment content in keeping with our mission to “do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy.” Including our subsidiary studios in Malaysia and India, we have brought together over 300 creators from around the world. Making use of innovative new technologies, we devote our days to producing digital content for all types of media. Our notable works include Knights of Sidonia, multiple Transformers series, Star Wars Resistance, Stillwater, Pingu in the City, and more.”

Source: Press release


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.