(Pictured above: Warner Entertainment Japan President William Ireton, right, accepts a special award from Japan Association of Theatre Owners Chairman, Mr. Mitsuhiko Okura.)

Time Warner’s commitment to creating great content from diverse voices and its ongoing focus on local production are being recognized internationally.

Warner Bros. Japan has been awarded the “Japan Association of Theatre Owners Special Award,” in recognition of the box office success of Rurou ni Kenshin. The picture was produced and distributed by WB Japan, grossing 3 billion yen ($37 million) following its release this summer. Warner Entertainment Japan President William Ireton accepted the award on behalf of the company at the "Movie Day" awards ceremonies, held November 30 in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Italy has become the number one film distributor in that country, breaking its own record for the third consecutive year and surpassing its two major local competitors. On December 5, the Cinema Exhibitors Association (ANEC) awarded Warner Bros. Italy this year’s Biglietto D’Oro (Golden Ticket) for ranking as the top film distribution company in the country. The strategic decision to include Sony titles in its lineup – along with increased investment in local productions – have contributed to the company’s projected year-end box office in excess of $180 million.