Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle developer Akatsuki opens US film and TV branch

Developer branches out into new mediums

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle developer Akatsuki opens US film and TV branch

Japanese mobile games company Akatsuki has opened a new entertainment branch in the US.

The firm has previously worked on games such as Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle with publisher Bandai Namco, a game that has racked up more than 200 million downloads.

As reported by Variety, the new US branch is called Akatsuki Entertainment USA and will be responsible for developing new feature films and TV shows.

Branching out

The company will be led by Annmarie Sairrino Bailey, who has been appointed President of the firm. She has previously worked at companies such as All Nippon Entertainment Works and Entertainment Media Ventures.

“The launch of Akatsuki Entertainment USA is perfectly in line with our company philosophy to always be looking for new and exciting opportunities and to never give up on following your dreams,” said Akatsuki COO Tetsuro Kouda, who will also oversee Akatsuki Entertainment USA for the parent company.

“Our goal is to produce original and distinctive films of the highest quality to excite and move audiences not only in the US or Japan, but the whole world.”

Akatsuki already has office in Tokyo and Taiwan. In 2016, it reported revenues of $103 million.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.