Crunchyroll EMEA, formerly known as Viz Media Europe, is a European anime distributor. Established as Viz Media Europe, it was Viz Media's European sister company until 2019. It holds partnerships with TV channels, DVD distributors, and manga publishers. The company used to be headquartered in Amsterdam. The company opened its Paris operations on 15 January 2007. The division is made up of two subsidiaries, Crunchyroll SAS based in Paris, France, and Crunchyroll SA based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Crunchyroll EMEA is owned by Crunchyroll, a subsidiary of Sony's joint venture anime business Funimation Global Group, though Shogakukan, Shueisha and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (ShoPro) retain full ownership of the former Viz Media Europe's Publishing Licensing Business.
|Formerly||Viz Media Europe (2007–2020)|
|Founded||January 15, 2007|
|Headquarters||Crunchyroll SAS: Paris, France|
Crunchyroll SA: Lausanne, Switzerland
|Europe, Middle East, Africa|
|John Easum (Head of Crunchyroll EMEA)|
Anime on Demand
Anime Digital Network
Eye See Movies
On January 27, 2020, Viz Media Europe changed its corporate name to Crunchyroll EMEA, announcing the change publicly on April 2, 2020, with all of Viz Media's former brands being rebranded as Crunchyroll brands.
Subsidiaries and BrandsEdit
As of April 2020, Crunchyroll EMEA has been organised into a portfolio of brands and companies. Crunchyroll EMEA is also affiliated with VME PLB SAS, though does not own any stake of the company. Additionally, despite Crunchyroll Moldova (formerly known as Ellation) being located in Europe, it is not under Crunchyroll EMEA.
Crunchyroll SAS, formerly known as Viz Media Europe, is the French subsidiary of Crunchyroll, housing the French-language operations of the company, including Kazé France and Anime Digital Network.
Crunchyroll SA, formerly known as Viz Media Switzerland, is the Swiss subsidiary of Crunchyroll, housing the German-language operations of the company, including Kazé Germany, Anime on Demand, Eye See Movies and AV Visionen.
Kazé is the French division of Crunchyroll EMEA, and is responsible for the distribution of anime and manga within France and other French-speaking regions. Kazé also operates in German territories through the Swiss subsidiary VIZ Media Switzerland SA and AV Visionen, and formerly operated in the British market in collaboration with Manga Entertainment.
Anime on DemandEdit
Anime on Demand is a German video on demand service dedicated to streaming anime content to German-speaking territories. It will shut down on 8 December 2021, with all content being merged into Crunchyroll.
Anime Digital NetworkEdit
Anime Digital Network is a French video on demand service dedicated to streaming anime content to French-speaking territories. The business is a collaboration between Crunchyroll EMEA (though Kazé) and Média-Participations subsidiary Citel.
Eye See MoviesEdit
Eye See Movies is a brand of Crunchyroll EMEA focusing on the distribution of German television and film on home video in Germany. It operates as a label of AV Visionen.
AV Visionen is the German subsidiary of Crunchyroll EMEA, and is responsible for the distribution of anime, manga, film and television in German-speaking territories. It distributes anime through the Anime House, Nipponart and Kazé labels, and is the distributor for Aniplex's Peppermint Anime.
VME PLB SASEdit
VME PLB SAS is a publishing licensing business owned by Shogakukan, Shueisha and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (ShoPro). The company was formed in December 2019, after Crunchyroll acquired the majority stake in Viz Media Europe. The company is responsible for licensing manga within the EMEA and Latin American regions. Kazuyoshi Takeuchi is President of VME PLB and Kazuyuki Masuda is Managing Director of VME PLB.
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