Japan's Jupiter Programming is taking a 9.9% stake in local movie channel Nihon Eiga Broadcasting Corp, which is part-owned by Sony and Fuji TV.
Jupiter, a supplier of programming to cable and satellite television, is also acquiring a 15% stake in Mitsui-owned children's channel Kids Station. The company plans to take an active role in marketing the two channels to cable stations.
Jupiter currently operates seven channels specialising in golf, documentaries, home shopping and other genres, but its line-up does not currently include films or children's programming.
Launched in 1996, Jupiter Programming is a 50:50 joint venture between Sumitomo Corp and Liberty Media International.