Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio founded by the iconic filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, recently announced a that it is set to become a subsidiary of Nippon Television Network Corp., marking a new chapter in the studio’s legacy.
The decision to join forces with Nippon TV stems from a concern about the succession plan for Studio Ghibli. With Miyazaki now 82 years old and producer Toshio Suzuki at 75, ensuring the studio’s creative future has become a priority. To address this, Ghibli has chosen Nippon TV, a major commercial broadcast network, to become its leading shareholder with a 42.3 percent stake. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
In this partnership, Nippon TV pledges to offer managerial support to Studio Ghibli while respecting its artistic independence. This collaboration will provide Ghibli with the necessary resources to continue focusing on its exceptional animation and other artistic ventures.
The origins of this collaboration can be traced back to the early days of Studio Ghibli. In 1985, Nippon TV aired Miyazaki’s masterpiece, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” Since then, the two entities have maintained a close working relationship. Nippon TV has played a vital role in the production of several Ghibli works, including the beloved Kiki’s Delivery Service in 1989. Additionally, Nippon TV has been instrumental in establishing the Ghibli museum in Tokyo, a haven for fans of Miyazaki’s extraordinary creations.
The genius behind Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, has cemented his place as one of the greatest anime filmmakers of all time. Over the years, audiences worldwide have been captivated by his enchanting storytelling and exquisite animation. With masterpieces like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Ponyo, Miyazaki has not only touched the hearts of children but also captivated the imaginations of adults. In 2001, his extraordinary talent was recognized with an Oscar for Spirited Away, solidifying his position as a pioneer in the world of animation.
Despite occasionally declaring his retirement, Miyazaki has never been able to fully step away from his craft. Earlier this year, he completed The Boy and the Heron after seven years of dedication. This poignant film, based on a book and inspired by Miyazaki’s own experiences during wartime, explores the theme of How Will You Live? — a question that weighs heavily on the filmmaker’s mind.
As we embark on this new chapter for Studio Ghibli, fans of Miyazaki’s unparalleled work eagerly anticipate what the future holds for the legendary filmmaker and his beloved creations.