FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANIME EXPO® 2009 TEAMS UP WITH UTB HOLLYWOOD
Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Teams Up with First 24-Hour Japanese Television Channel in North America
Anaheim, California (June 5, 2009) ‹ UTB, United Television Broadcasting Systems, Inc., the first 24-hour Japanese digital television channel in North America announces their media partnership with the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org .
UTB aggregates and broadcasts the best programming from Japan alongside its own original local content. The weekly programming schedule includes live news from Japan, entertainment, documentaries, educational programs, movies, dramas and anime. All around the world, interest in Japanese ³anime² has skyrocketed in recent years. UTB is a free resource for anime lovers all over Southern California, broadcasting a range of popular, highly rated anime that everyone will enjoy.
UTB will be launching following anime programs starting June 6, 2009 (English subtitled):
From Kadokawa Pictures:
· THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/6- 6/19
· THE THIRD
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/20- 7/13
From Bandai Entertainment:
· TRUE TEARS
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/14- 7/26
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/27- 8/10
For details, please check UTB’s website:
Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren.
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org .
Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC, Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime News Network and UTB Hollywood.
About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California – Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its website (www.spja.org ).
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