New York, NY (September 13, 2006) – In response to the growing demand for anime programming, Google, the world’s largest Internet search engine, and Central Park Media, a pioneer in the distribution of anime in the United States, will make anime available to North American consumers on Google Video, a comprehensive index of free and paid, user-generated and professional video content, (http://video.google.com/centralparkmedia).
Initial titles that will lead off Google Video’s anime offering include the critically acclaimed Black Jack series and video game based Battle Arena Toshinden. Black Jack, which follows the adventures of a mysterious doctor, has been hailed as “fantastic!” by J-fan.com, while Anime News Network stated that “many anime titles claim to be dramatic, many claim to be mysterious, but few do it as well as Black Jack.” Central Park Media maintains one of the most extensive anime libraries for distribution in North America, making it the ideal provider of programming to New Media companies.
“Working with Google is a real pleasure,” stated Newton Grant, Central Park Media’s Director of Business Development. “Google is one of the leading companies on the Internet and a household name. We are excited at the prospect of working with Google to bring our anime to a much larger audience than previously possible.”
About Google Video: Google Video is a comprehensive index of free and paid, user-generated and professional video content. Google Video makes it easy for users to watch and share videos and premium video producers to monetize and distribute their content.
About Central Park Media: Central Park Media is a 16-year-old Manhattan-based independent video and book publisher focused on Japanese and Korean animation and graphic novels. Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990, and a major publisher of manga since 1994. The company currently manufactures and distributes animated video programming under several label names, including U.S. Manga Corps, Be Beautiful, Software Sculptors and Central Park Media, as well as live-action Asian feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.
With exclusive rights to hundreds of graphic novels, the company has become a leading North American publisher of Japanese manga and Korean manhwa. Among CPM’s fan-favorite graphic novel titles are Lee Hyun Se’s Nambul (the best-selling manhwa in Korean publishing history), and Kia Asamiya’s Dark Angel. Under its Be Beautiful imprint, the company also publishes popular yaoi manga such as the best-selling Kizuna: Bonds of Love (the best-selling yaoi title in Japanese publishing history). Visit www.centralparkmedia.com, www.cpmpress.com and www.bebeautifulmanga.com for more information.