Cineverse Signs Multi-Year Deal with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc.

Cineverse (NASDAQ: CNVS), a global streaming technology and entertainment company, has announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. (KCMNY), solidifying the Company’s position as a leader in the streaming anime landscape.

Cineverse will continue its wide distribution of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the popular anime series, providing nearly 400 hours of content to various platforms and channel partners. This new deal includes the recent series, “Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS” as well as the 2016 film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions”. Cineverse also operates a stand-alone “Yu-Gi-Oh!” linear streaming channel, which currently has distribution on Pluto TV, with expansion plans in 2024.

“‘The Quarter Century Celebration of the Trading Card Game, happening now, clearly demonstrates the longevity and popularity of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand” said Mark Kirk, SVP Distribution for KCMNY. “We are constantly looking for ways to keep and grow our fandom, — now spanning multiple generations — engaged with the content in the streaming space. Partners like Cineverse help us to reach both new and loyal fans alike.”

Courtesy of Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. and Cineverse

Additionally, as 2024 gets underway, new, captivating additions from KCMNY are being added to the lineup on Cineverse’s RetroCrush ( RetroCrush is the leading independent streaming anime channel, and Yu-Gi-Oh! is the flagship streaming brand driving anime growth for Cineverse.

Born as a social video channel in 2019 on YouTube – where it is approaching one million subscribers – RetroCrush continues to show significant growth. As of December 2023, it boasts an audience of more than 2.2 million followers across social platforms. In the past year, the channel’s engagement rate has seen significant growth, averaging 11.9% across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, while RetroCrush content has averaged more than 60 million video views in this past year across Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, with sentiment trends in the past two months 83% positive.

“At Cineverse, we are committed to delivering unparalleled anime experiences, and our partnership with Konami Cross Media NY has helped us stay steadfast to that commitment,” said Yolanda Macias, Chief Content Officer at Cineverse. “We are proud to be renewing our partnership with them, and we can’t wait to share the excitement with our audience in 2024.”

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