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Viz Manga Releases for 2010

I just got the list of Viz’s manga releases for the first half of 2010, and it’s a long list. So, rather than give you my fun, yet abridged synopses of these undoubtedly great titles, especially since I have yet to read any, here’s the initial installment straight from the mouth of PR:

Headline News

Berenstain Bears Coming to the Big Screen

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:10am

Walden Media is acquiring the film rights to the bestselling book series The Berenstain Bears. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Nelvana and Walden Media will produce the family comedy which will be a live action film mixed with computer generated characters.

Media Headline News

VIZ Media Releases Beast Master Manga Series

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 8:07am

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, expands its popular SHOJO BEAT imprint with the release of Kyousuke Motomi’s BEAST MASTER manga on November 3rd.

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Aardman Secures Wallace & Gromit Deal

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:24am

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Aardman Rights has secured a deal with leading publisher and distributor of practical books, manuals and DVDs Haynes, to produce a brand new Wallace & Gromit manual.

The series of books will finally reveal the exact inner workings of Wallace’s vast array of vehicles, inventions and contraptions which feature in the duo’s award-winning TV series and films. The first format will be released autumn 2009.

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ThinkTank Emporium To Represent Ace Lacewing

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:39pm

Entertainment branding/consulting company ThinkTank Emporium has teamed with Charlesbridge Publishing and author David Biedrzycki to identify and develop licensing and media opportunities based on the ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE series.

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Chorion Reaches For The Stars With The Little Prince

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:13am

Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has been appointed to represent the licensing rights to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s much-loved literary property THE LITTLE PRINCE in the U.K. and Eire.

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Further Films Adapts Jackson’s Castle

Michael Douglas' Further Films is developing Shirley Jackson’s 1962 novel, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE.

CASTLE tells the tale of a reclusive, potentially murderous family and was adapted for Broadway in the 1960s.

The HollywoodReporter notes Further will produce with Literal Media, the firm that reps Jackson's work. Laurence Hyman, Jackson's son and literary executor, also will have a role as producer.

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Disney, McFarlane and Mechner Team on Prince of Persia Project, SDCC Panel

Press Release from Disney Book Group

Los Angeles, CA -- July 21, 2009 -- Disney Book Group announced today the PRINCE OF PERSIA graphic novel anthology, the first-ever graphic novel written by the creator of PRINCE OF PERSIA, Jordan Mechner. Todd McFarlane (SPAWN, SPIDER-MAN) created exclusive art to be featured on the cover, and interior art will include some of the most talented names in comics.

Film Headline News

VIZ Media Releases Trio of Ponyo Books

Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC

San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.