Chernin Group takes over Crunchyroll anime video service

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Chernin Group, a media company run by former News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin, has taken a majority stake in Crunchyroll Inc., a provider of anime videos to mobile devices, game consoles and Internet-connected TVs.

Crunchyroll’s senior management will maintain a stake, along with investor TV Tokyo.

Terms were not disclosed.

Crunchyroll was founded in San Francisco in 2007 and launched two years later.

In March, it said it had more than 200,000 premium subscribers. They pay $7 to $12 a month for high-definition streaming, discounts on merchandise and immediate access to new episodes after airing. The company launched an online store in May.

Chernin said in a statement that the plan is to continue to grow the anime channel while launching new channels in different genres.