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5 Japanese animation producers to air TV shows in S. Korea.

NAGOYA, Oct. 24 Kyodo

Five Japanese animation production firms said Wednesday they have signed an agreement with a new South Korean satellite TV broadcaster to jointly air their shows in South Korea via a satellite TV channel entirely devoted to animated programs.

To this end, Toei Animation Co., the animation arm of major filmmaker Toei Co., along with TMS Entertainment Ltd., Bandai Co. and two other concerns will put up a combined 44% of the 5 billion won (about $3.86 million) capital of the new Seoul-based company, Daiwon Digital Broadcasting Co., they said.

The remainder will be put up by Daiwon C & A Holdings Co., the parent company of Daiwon Digital.

Daiwon Digital will run the ''AniOne'' satellite TV channel, devoted to broadcasting animated content, the five said.

The South Korean versions of Japanese animated programs, such as Toei Animation's ''Dragon Ball,'' and TMS Entertainment's ''Hamtaro,'' have become popular in South Korea.
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Date:Oct 29, 2001
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