NATIONWIDE BUZZ MOUNTS FOR THE THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF NARUTO™ THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW AS SELECT THEATRES IN MAJOR CITIES SELL OUT FOR SPECIAL JUNE 6th EVENT
IN 166 MOVIE THEATRES NATIONWIDE – TICKETS ON SALE NOW
San Francisco, CA & Centennial, CO – June 4, 2007 – VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, and NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, have announced very impressive pre-show ticket sales and several sold-out theatres in major cities for the special one-night-only event featuring the first NARUTO™ film — NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW plus 25 minutes of exclusive behind the scenes footage. Select theatres in Denver, CO, Philadelphia, PA, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL, Los Angeles, CA, and Nashville, TN are among those sold out for this highly anticipated event. NARUTO THE MOVIE makes its US debut in 166 select AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group and Georgia Theatre Company movie theatres nationwide on June 6th at 7:00 p.m. local time. NARUTO fans will experience a behind the scenes look at how the SHONEN JUMP properties come to life. VIZ Media will also augment the screenings in many major cities with a variety of on-site NARUTO video game kiosks, giveaways and other fun activities the night of event. Tickets for this special one-night event can be purchased for $10.00 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. For a complete list of theatre locations, please visit the web site (theatres are subject to change). NARUTO is now one of the most popular and successful manga and anime properties in North America. The general storyline of both the NARUTO manga and animated series depicts the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity and right vs. wrong.
NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. New and existing fans of the hit title will not want to miss this exciting latest chapter in the NARUTO saga.
“We are ecstatic over the impressive pre-show ticket sales and fan anticipation surrounding the North American theatrical premiere of NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW,” states Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing, VIZ Media. “The national interest in both the NARUTO anime and manga series has reached a fever pitch and continues to validate the commercial viability of these genres among mainstream consumers. We look forward to thousands of fans and their families in every major city across North America coming out on June 6 for this unique and fun event!”
About National CineMedia
National CineMedia (NCM) LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes approximately 14,000 screens of which approximately 12,200 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC’s DCN covers 154 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2006, approximately 550 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres owned by the NCM LLC founding members (excluding Loews). National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 44.8% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com.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.