Skybound Entertainment goes big in Japan

Marlene Sharp
3 min readDec 2, 2023
Skybound Entertainment reaches for the stars in Japan.

Dear Hollywood and Los Angeles-adjacent colleagues who do content business in, around, alongside, and with Japan,

Please heed the groundbreaking, Japan-centric Skybound Entertainment announcement below. This means you, Neko Productions, Brainstorm Productions, PandaMony Toy Brands, Autism in Entertainment Conference, Lightbeam Entertainment, LA Media Consultants, Dentsu USA, Sega of America, DJ2 Entertainment, Story Kitchen, Wowmax Next, TMS Entertainment, Weissman-Markovitz Communications, The Asian World Film Festival, Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, La Femme Film Festival, Breakthrough Now Media, Anime Expo, JETRO, VIPO, SPJA, KOTRA, KOCCA, KOFIC, and other friendly producing entities who are here in spirit.

Clearly, Skybound Entertainment is not content to rest on its laurels, so you shouldn’t either! In this case, ‘laurels’ means Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation. As of last month, Skybound is the proud new owner and rebooter of edgy, iconic, classic, touring movie and live event brand Spike & Mike. Today, those Skybound rascals show off with another gem, namely Skybound Japan. Stateside show biz folks, there is no snoozing for you at a time like this. There is gold in those hills: in Hollywood and on slopes in the same country as Mount Fuji.

Skybound Entertainment, the Culver City, California-based multi-platform company behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Impact Winter, add the launch of Skybound Japan to its treasure chest. Skybound Japan is a new corporate division dedicated to expanding Skybound’s international presence and fostering authentic Japanese collaborations. This includes a focus on homegrown Japanese intellectual properties — such as video game, anime and manga-based fare — and strategic partnerships within, and outside but affable toward, Japan. Two steps in that direction are 1) Skybound’s new investment in Remow, a Shueisha-owned, global anime distributor, and 2) Skybound’s strategic alliance with Fuji TV (network).

Skybound Entertainment is famous for The Walking Dead, Invincible, Impact Winter, and the Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation.
Skybound Entertainment is famous for The Walking Dead, Invincible, Impact Winter, and Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation.

Skybound Japan’s debut joint venture is in conjunction with Fuji TV. The show title is Heart Attack and based on the original graphic novel series by…

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Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.