G4 - Videogame TV has acquired anime series RAHXEPHON, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL and COLORFUL from ADV Films. The futuristic action-packed series RAHXEPHON premieres first as part of G4's all-new late-night TV block, Barbed Wire Biscuit, on Sept, 2, 2005, at 12:00 am ET/9:00 pm PT.
"RAHXEPHON, CROMARTIE HIGH and COLORFUL share an edgy and sometimes irreverent sensibility with G4's current late-night programming, making them a perfect fit," said Laura Civilly, vp, acquisitions & development, G4. "Plus, all three series are incredibly popular anime fan-favorites and will also appeal to G4 viewers."
"ADV is looking forward to exposing a new audience to these three immensely popular shows," added John Ledford, president/ceo, ADV Films. "G4 is an innovative broadcaster, and we are proud to have our shows in their lineup."
The first series to debut on G4 this fall, RAHXEPHON, follows the adventures of Kamina Ayato in the near future of 2012. After awakening RahXephon, a giant mecha with awe-inspiring abilities, Ayato battles mysterious alien invaders and struggles to discover what is real and what his place is in the events unfurling before him.
Slated to premiere on G4 in December 2005, CROMARTIE HIGH tracks the quirky existence of Kamiyama and his delinquent classmates. COLORFUL, a strange and deranged series with a warped sense of humor, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at underwear fascination. It will also air on G4 in December.
G4's Barbed Wire Biscuit is a one-hour branded programming strip airing Monday through Friday at 12:00 am/midnight ET. The block features both live-action and animated series, including HAPPY TREE FRIENDS & FRIENDS, BRAINIAC, ANIME UNLEASHED and CINEMATCH: NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS.
G4 - Videogame TV is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to videogames (www.g4tv.com). G4 airs all original programming that covers every aspect of the videogame culture. Shows feature breaking industry news, reviews, the hottest games, gear and technology, celebrity interviews, insider opinions and the underground trends that feed the videogame generation. Launched in April 2002, G4 is available in more than 53 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and is owned by Comcast Corp.
In the 13 years since its inception, ADV Films (www.advfilms.com) has become the #1 producer/distributor of Japanese animation for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the U.K. Parent company, A.D. Vision Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan.