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FUNimation

What is FUNimation?

FUNimation is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for developing some of North America's most popular anime series.

Can I take a tour of the FUNimation office?

FUNimation does not offer tours to the public at this time.

Can I submit my original idea for an anime?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, or materials submitted by outside sources, such as original artwork or ideas for characters, stories, products or games. To avoid any confusion as to ownership of intellectual property, it is also our policy not to circulate any such submissions to other persons in the company. For more information, please read our Terms of Use policy.

Will FUNimation bring other anime to America?

We are currently reviewing and evaluating other anime. Continue to look for more quality anime from FUNimation. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest announcements.

Who do I contact for convention support?

For all convention support, including screening permission, prize support, dealer room and FUNimation Staff guest opportunities, please email [email protected] To get in contact with voice actors, please contact them or their agents separately.

FUNimation Channel

Where can I find programming updates?

Your best bet is to check www.funimationchannel.com. You will find our programming schedule as well as the series and latest acquisitions that will be shown on the FUNimation Channel. You can also find out how to get the FUNimation Channel in your area.

Why all the repeats on the FUNimation Channel?

We continually update the programming on the FUNimation Channel, but we follow a standard programming format that includes a repeat cycle. As the FUNimation Channel matures and we add programming, you can expect the programming to mature and diversify as well. For the latest news and programming updates, make sure to check www.funimationchannel.com.

Will the FUNimation Channel come to Canada, the U.K., or another country?

We know there are a lot of anime fans in Canada and other countries, and we would love to bring the FUNimation Channel to them. However, there are all kinds of international broadcast rights and approvals that have to be satisfied in order for the FUNimation Channel to reach outside of the United States. Unfortunately, there is no information on a timeline.

Will there be subtitled programming on the FUNimation Channel?

We are looking into the possibility of programming subtitled anime on the FUNimation Channel.

How do I get the FUNimation Channel?

The FUNimation Channel is available nationwide on select operators via digital broadcast and cable service. The FUNimation Channel website (www.funimationchannel.com) has a "Get It" section that tells you where the FUNimation Channel is available. There is also a zip code search function that helps you find out how to contact your local cable or satellite provider to request the FUNimation Channel.

Job Opportunities

Can I work for FUNimation?

FUNimation frequently posts job openings on http://funimation.myexacthire.com.

How do I become a voice actor?

For the most part, FUNimation uses local actors from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

If you live nearby and would like to audition in person, we have open auditions about once a year. There is no set schedule for when our next open auditions will be. To be included on the call list, send an email to [email protected] with a request for information on voice acting, a contact number, and a brief summary of any acting experience you may have.

If you live outside the area and have access to record a demo, please send an mp3 file via email also to [email protected]

Does FUNimation offer internships?

FUNimation accepts resumes throughout the year for our internship program. Undergrad college students can apply for positions in any of the following departments:

  • Marketing (focus on PR, Marketing, Media, Social Media, Film)
  • Creative Services (creative development, digital content, web design)
  • IT (Information Technology)
  • Production (Trailer Development, Editing, Sound Design)
  • Consumer Licensing (Licensing, Acquisitions)

The most critical traits for the FUNimation intern candidates are reliability, integrity, and the ability to take initiative as well as direction. Computer literacy, excellent communication and writing skills, and an interest in anime are all strong advantages. All intern candidates must live locally in the DFW area. Internships are unpaid and must be coordinated with your college for class credit.

Resumes can be sent to [email protected]

Can I be an animator at FUNimation?

FUNimation is a licensing and distribution company and does not typically make anime, so we do not have any animators on staff. We do have graphic artists that design DVD and Blu-ray covers, ads, posters, and promotional items. We also have motion graphics artists that create our trailers and web designers that design our websites.

Legal

May I create new content using FUNimation properties?

Taking an artwork into a new medium such as 3D animation and/or creating fan fiction based on an existing artwork usually does not fall under Fair Use. For more on fair use, please see this Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

Such works are generally considered “derivative works” and the right to create such works is one of the exclusive rights of a copyright holder. 17 USC § 106(2)

If someone creates a derivative work without authorization from the copyright holder, they can be liable for copyright infringement. Whether we will seek to go after them or not, is another story... If the purpose is educational or demonstrative and it’s limited to a rather short piece, it may indeed be Fair Use. But if someone starts making a new series or starts making 3D versions of several existing episodes, it’s probably infringement—especially if they’re taking “donations.”

May I upload a video, such as an anime music video, using FUNimation anime?

We cannot expressly authorize you to upload video or use FUNimation’s content. We can tell you, however, that we do not plan to take legal action against creators/distributors of anime-based media that qualifies as a fair use of the underlying animation. Nor do we tend to remove such media intentionally, provided that the video is clearly marked in a way that would identify it as a fair use [in the title] such as a satire, parody, review or critique. For more on fair use, please see this Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

Also, please bear in mind that video streaming services such as YouTube occasionally employ "video fingerprinting" technology to identify and remove videos containing ANY unauthorized footage, whether it's arguably a fair use or not.

In summary, while we cannot expressly authorize you to upload such media, we will not actively seek to remove any that you do decide to upload, provided that it is [and is readily identifiable as] a fair use of the media, such as a satire, parody, AMV, critique or review. If you believe your content was taken down in error, please file a counter-notification for alleged infringement at

http://video.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=cyc and follow the instructions.

Who do I contact to report illegal streams and downloads of FUNimation shows? Who do I contact to report bootleg sellers?

Please visit our support page. Under "Reason for Contact", choose "General - Legal & Copyright Infringement".

How can I obtain legal screening permission for my anime club or convention?

For anime clubs, please visit our support page. Under "Reason for Contact", please choose "General - Request".

For all convention support, including screening permission, please email [email protected]

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