Studio behind viral news animations up for sale

Next Media Ltd., the Taiwanese company behind those hilarious news videos that have become a YouTube sensation, is looking to unload their animation studio. The company, which also produces a wide range of newspapers, magazines and runs several TV channels, is offering its animation department along with its weekly Next Magazine and Apple Daily newspaper for $500 million dollars, according to Taipei Times.

Jimmy Lai, the owner of Next Media, has been referred to as the 'Rupert Murdoch of Beijing.' What the sale means for the future of their animated shorts remains to be seen, but things aren't looking good.

So, farewell Next TV! Thanks for all the giggles you brought us. We've assembled some of their best work below, for your viewing pleasure:

The Life and Career of Steve Jobs

Wikileaks

Kim Jong-il Dead

Antennagate

 

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These are the same people who do the video shorts for "The Daily Show" and frankly, they are only really funny when Jon Stewart explains them, otherwise its complete garbage.

and those weathergirl ones they do are highly distracting without an actual map & accurate meteorological conditions ...

Sorry, where are the funny shorts? All I see are disgustingly badly motion captured unfunny piles of crap videos that make no sense and try awfully hard but achieve nothing. I'd have been embarrassed to put those out.

Brilliant Minds. The first video about the life of Steve Jobs is the best. I'm sure they do a bit of LSD to get their creativity flowing too .

Simon- said,
Brilliant Minds. The first video about the life of Steve Jobs is the best. I'm sure they do a bit of LSD to get their creativity flowing too .

Do you work for them? Is this article sponsored by them? These videos are awful.