GKIDS: [We] Nor Studio Ghibli Were Contacted by Polygon on Streaming Plans Article
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
If you've paid attention to the news this week, you may have noticed a particular discrepency in two articles regarding plans for streaming Studio Ghibli's film catalog. An article published on Anime News Network on Wednesday sourced from an article on Polygon that stated that Studio Ghibli's films would not be coming to streaming services any time soon. The Polygon article by Matt Patches was published on Tuesday and sourced North American film distributor GKids. Yet, surprise, on Thursday it was a reported that Studio Ghibli's films are coming to streaming courtesy of HBO Max.
GKids clarified what happened on Twitter on Thursday. According the company's official Twitter account, they were not contacted for the article and the statement that served as the basis for the claim that the films will not come to streaming services is dated to 2018.
The quote referenced in articles earlier this week was from a GKIDS statement in 2018. Neither GKIDS nor Studio Ghibli were contacted by those writers for confirmation or comment prior to publication. Otherwise, we would have provided comment.— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) October 17, 2019
Polygon's article included the statement "GKids was unable to provide a comment from a Studio Ghibli representation for further clarification or additional updates on deals in progress." According to GKids, they were not contacted in the last week for the Polygon piece.
It seems that was an addition included in today's 10/17 update to the Polygon article referenced. GKIDS was not contacted for confirmation or comment this week regarding the earlier articles, until our HBO Max announcement today— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) October 17, 2019
Besides Anime News Network, Polygon's piece was sourced on IndieWire, The AV Club, HypeBeast, Dark Horizons, Slash Film, and more.
Source: GKids' Twitter Account
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