Things have been changing rapidly in the UK anime industry of late, and today we stumbled upon a report posted earlier this month by Home Media Magazine announcing on February 4th that Starz has sold Manga Entertainment UK, as part of a broader sale of Anchor Bay UK.
Thus, Manga Entertainment's UK arm is no longer part of Starz, and is now under the ownership of Anchor Bay UK's Managing Director, Colin Lomax.
In a statement provided to the publication, Mr. Lomax stated: “Anchor Bay and Manga are both strong labels with a fantastic trading history, and we are one of the U.K.’s leading independent distributors in home entertainment. We have a superb library of titles and a fantastic brand in Manga, which enjoyed its biggest year in 2014, and is the country’s leading Anime distributor.”
Colin Lomax has been the managing director of Anchor Bay UK since 2006, and has been involved in the home entertainment industry since the mid-1980s.
It's hard to say what influence this sale has had upon goings-on at Manga Entertainment over the past twelve months, but with Animatsu Entertainment's Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson seemingly given no shortage of influence upon the future direction of the anime distributor it may be that this sale will mark a period of renewed stability for the firm.