Imagi draws added capital


Hong Kong-based Imagi International, the CG-animation firm behind the 2007 hit "TMNT," has sold about HK$156 million ($20 million) in new shares to an unidentified U.S. company.

The stock sale was the company's second in a week. On Sept. 4, Imagi — pushing to raise funds for its remakes of anime classics "Astro Boy" and "Gatchaman," along with two other animated features — raised $10 million in a share sale to a unit of Hong Kong real estate firm Shui On.

In a statement issued Friday through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange — where its shares were halted Sept. 3 — Imagi identified its newest Delaware-registered shareholders as investors in real estate and technology.

Imagi's latest share sale represents about 9.96% of its newly enlarged pool of stock.

Imagi CEO Douglas Glen declined comment about the company's recent fundraising. The company's shares were set to resume trading today in Hong Kong.

"Astro Boy" is the CG-animated film version of Japanese director Osamu Tezuka's classic. Imagi's version will be released internationally in 2009 by Summit Entertainment — excluding Japan, Hong Kong and China. The film's voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland and Nathan Lane. (partialdiff)