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NATPE News: Anime Net Prez On VOD Panel, Seeks Product

A newcomer to NATPE, Anime Network president Kevin Corcoran will join fellow industry leaders in a discussion on Video On Demand. He will also be looking for more product to add to the A. D. Vision catalog and shows to air on his network, at booth 1242.

Sharing their views and experiences about revenue generating opportunities that exist with VOD and HDTV, Corcoran along with Mark Cuban, owner, Dallas Mavericks and chairman/president, HDNet; Judy Meyka, svp programming, Adelphia Communications; Bob Greenberg, evp, corporate strategy and communications, Showtime; and Bob Thompson, president, Fox Sports Networks and Fox Sports International, will be the featured speakers in the seminar entitled Great Expectations: New Opportunities with VOD & HDTV, which takes place during NATPE on Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV.

As opportunities for cable networks continue to grow and change, these leading network, cable and technology executives will address the realities of VOD and HDTV, current trends and visions as well as the challenges of the future.

We knew that America was a hot bed of growth for anime, which is why we launched Anime Network, said Corcoran. But in todays competitive and often impatient environment, cable operators and satellite distributors are adamant about reducing their financial risks. VOD provides us with the opportunity to justify our claims that anime attracts the illusive 18-34 tech-savvy male demographic, our target audience, and drives demand for digital services, said Corcoran. Our distinct genre of programming is only enhanced by VOD and HDTV offerings.

Anime Network ( has signed contracts with Cablevision, Comcast, iNDEMAND, RCN and Time Warner. The Anime Network, a subsidiary of A. D. vision, Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime. The Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digital cable video-on-demand technology. The network is broadening its initial roster of multi-system operator agreements to provide its programming nationwide.