July 4, 2008 (Cypress, CA) –Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that they have licensed
the television rights to the series GUNDAM 00 to Starz Media, which has set the series for its
US premier on SCI FI Channel. First season episodes will premiere in early November this fall
on SCI FI Channel’s “Ani-Monday” block, which features leading programming from Manga
Entertainment, a division of Starz Media. Two episodes will air each week during a 13 week run.
“We are excited to be bringing Gundam to the Sci-Fi Channel, we believe this is going to be a
new era for Gundam in the U.S., having found an ideal home for broadcast, said Ken Iyadomi,
President of Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest installment in the long running franchise and takes place in
the year 2307 A.D. When fossil fuels have been completely depleted and humanity has turned to
solar energy to maintain its way of life, the controlling nations of the solar power find themselves
at war with more impoverished countries and threats to the “promised land of God” lead to the
formation of a group called the Celestial Being, whose purpose is to end war and unite humanity
through the use of four Gundam mech. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose past
credits as a director and storyboard artist include Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, and
Appleseed: Ex Machina.
About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier
distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North
America. Titles include Code Geass Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, The Melancholy of
Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many more.
About SCI FI Channel
SCI FI Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. SCI FI fuels the
imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science
fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine.
Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC
Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.
About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide.
It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its
units create animated and live-action programming — including theatrical films — and
programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming,
and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters,
broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video
distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating
unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is
attributed to Liberty Capital Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.