FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVIZ MEDIA PRESENTS EXCITING
PROPERTIES AT 2007 MIPTV
Industry Leader in Japanese Animation To Wow the Show from Booth #A012
San Francisco, April 17, 2007
– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, arrives at MIPTV this year, Booth # A012, with a variety of exciting properties for both North American and International markets. Held in Cannes, France, April 16 though April 20, MIPTV is the global content event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content across all platforms.MIPTV provides the key decision-makers in the TV, film, digital and audiovisual content, production and distribution industry with the only market conference and networking forum to discover future trends and trade content rights on a global level.VIZ Media will feature a rich selection of properties including several that presently air on Cartoon Network in the U.S., YTV in Canada and other International broadcasters.
Brands being showcased at MIPTV 2007 include:
BLEACH, 52 episodes x 30 minutes
BLEACH, by creator Tite Kubo, is an animated, hyperkinetic, all-purpose, ghost-busting action series targeted to teens. BLEACH is the story of an average 15 year-old, Ichigo Kurosaki, who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When a Hollow attacks his family
– a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he is dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. A dedicated website is forthcoming at bleach.viz.com.MÄR, 52 episodes x 30 minutesMÄR, created by Nobuyuki Anzai, is targeted to kids ages 6-14. Ginta, a 14-year-old boy has his world turned upside down when a mysterious portal suddenly transports him into the fairy tale realm he envisions as a dream. This is the World of MÄR, where Ginta acquires superhuman strength and a strange new friend named Babbo, a talking magical weapon known as a ÄRM. Together, Ginta and Babbo embark on a quest to save the World of MÄR from total domination!
DEATH NOTE 37 episodes x 30 minutes
DEATH NOTE, based on the Shueisha manga series of the same name, is currently one of the hottest anime titles in Japan. It depicts the adventures of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects but who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal.
HONEY AND CLOVER – 26 episodes x 30 minutes HONEY AND CLOVER, is a funny and sad story where unrequited love finds its beginning in two love triangles…
College life is a good time, full of energy, promise and friendship.
Sure, students are poor and live in old, small apartments, but they’re in college – a time when happiness is based on all the little things in life. But add love to the equation, and things start getting quite complicated! Roommates Yuta and Shinobu are in love with Hagumi, a cute transfer student, yet none of them have any clue as to the others’
feelings. And Ayumi’s in love with Takumi who’s in love with Rika who’s still in love with her late husband. With so much love to go around, why is everyone still single?
HONEY AND CLOVER began as a manga in 2000, generating a buzz that started with bookstore clerks and expanded to eager online chatter.
Attracting an audience of teens, HONEY AND CLOVER expanded into anime, music, laughter and fashion.
MEGAMAN STAR FORCE – 13 episodes, 20 minutes each In the year 220X, a new technology has been developed to enable contact with extraterrestrial life forms. A mysterious accident occurs during the first communication attempt and Geo Stelar’s father, an astronomical scientist, disappears. After the accident, Geo is determined to follow his father’s footsteps and unravel the secrets surrounding the disappearance. Geo finds his father’s visualizer, which allows him to see invisible electromagnetic waves, and soon after witnesses a fight between two sporadic waves, one of which unexpectedly rushes toward him!
Geo learns that what he’s seen isn’t an electromagnetic wave, but an extraterrestrial life form – Omega-Xis, and FM-ian who has escaped his home Planet FM with the mysterious Andromeda Key. Other FM-ians are determined to destroy Planet Earth and release FM viruses to succeed in their cause. When Geo and Omega-Xis merge by exchanging electromagnetic waves, they become Mega Man – the only one who can protect humankind and save the planet!
ZOIDS GENESIS 50 episodes x 30 minutes
ZOIDS focuses on Planet Zi, which was once decimated by global disaster and is reborn with new mega-life forms called BioZoids. This age of newfound hope is threatened by a new menace, Deguld. Young Zoid excavator, Ruji, awakened the might Murasame Liger just in time to defend his village against the invaders, but not before they destroy the village’s life-giving generator. Can Ruji restore life to his village and peace to Zi?
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.
Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone
(415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com