ANIME NETWORK LICENSES NEW TELEVISION PROGRAMMING FROM ILLUMITOON ENTERTAINMENT
Sci-Fi Adventure Series B’tx and AM Driver to Premiere in September
HOUSTON, TX – August 15, 2007 – Adding a healthy dose of sci-fi and adventure to its popular lineup, Anime Network has licensed two new anime series from Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. The mecha robot-filled series B’tx and AM Driver are set to premiere on VOD on September 6 and September 9, respectively. Today’s news represents the channel’s continued commitment to provide its viewers with access to Japan’s best anime.
“We are delighted to be partnered with the Anime Network, as they have consistently delivered top-tier anime for the fans and are readily identified as a leader in anime content,” said Barry Watson, CEO of Illumitoon. “We were very happy to add B’tx and AM Driver to the channel’s lineup, and we know that anime fans will be equally pleased.”
B’tx follows the adventures of Teppei, whose plans to reunite with his scientist brother Kotaro are shattered when Kotaro is kidnapped during a conference. While searching for his brother, Teppei encounters a broken mechanical insectoid-like weapon called B’tx, which comes to life due to inadvertent contact with Teppei’s blood. Oddly, the unlikely pair develops a brotherly bond and end up on a quest to save Kotaro.
In AM Driver, the story revolves around the exploits of a young group of warriors, known as AM Drivers, as they battle a dominating empire of machines. In this chilling future, human beings are attacked by creatures called the Bug-chine, which cannot be defeated by normal human weapons. The only hope: AM Drivers, using the latest “AM technology” to try to save the earth.
“These two series really capture the essence of classic mecha anime, as both are loaded with action, robots and sci-fi twists,” said Stacy Dodson, Director of Programming and Operations for Anime Network. “They will make a great complement to Anime Network’s VOD schedule, and we’re pleased to work with Illumitoon in bringing them to our viewers.”
About Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd.
Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. is a collaboration of business and creative professionals focused on delivering customized, quality entertainment to the North American markets. The company’s principals have more than 20 years combined experience in acquiring, producing, and distributing anime, as well as creating original productions for the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.illumitoon.com.
About Anime Network
Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is America’s #1 Anime Channel, reaching more than 41 million households with thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Launched in North America in late 2002, Anime Network is the nation’s top video-on-demand (VOD) offering, and is also available as a 24/7 linear channel in several U.S. markets. The network continues to broaden its national roster of multi-system operator (MSO) agreements, bringing the elusive 18–34, tech-savvy male demographic back to television and driving demand for additional digital services offered by MSOs. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.