FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIZ MEDIA’S LICENSING NEWS FLASH!!!
THE “SCOOP”: VIZ MEDIA LICENSES NARUTO in Venezuela to Corporacion Televen C.A.
THE “PROPERTY”: NARUTO
At retail, NARUTO consistently ranks as one of the top graphic novel titles in the U.S. and one of the most popular titles serialized in SHONEN JUMP magazine, both published by VIZ Media. Targeting tweens and teens, NARUTO takes place in a world where ninja are the ultimate power.
Through exciting adventures, the young ninjas learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right versus wrong. NARUTO is considered one of the most popular animated shows in Japan’s history, and successfully launched in the U.S.
on Cartoon Network and on YTV in Canada. For more information go to www.NARUTO.com.THE “PLAYERS”: Licensor: 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.Contact Information: Evelyn Dubocq
Senior Director, Public Relations
(415) 644-9238/ Evelyn.Dubocq@viz.com
THE “LICENSEE”: Corporacion Televen C.A. (Televen)
THE “PRODUCTS”: Broadcast/Television
52 episodes of NARUTO (first season), which launched on July 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
THE “TERRITORY”: Venezuela
Terrestrial TV license of the NARUTO series in Venezuela.
The series is seen pan-regionally on cable platform and has been sold to terrestrial broadcasters in Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Brazil and now Venezuela.