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Headline News Heroes' James Kyson Lee To Host Anime Access' Anime Expo Coverage

Anime Network has announced that HEROES star James Kyson Lee will guest host its popular original series, ANIME ACCESS, which gives viewers a virtual backstage pass to anime's hottest events. This time the ANIME ACCESS crew heads to Long Beach, California, to go behind the scenes of North America's largest anime convention, from June 29 through July 2, 2007.

Headline News Right Stuf Coming To Anime Expo 2007

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf Inc. has unveiled its events schedule for Anime Expo 2007, taking place from June 29 through July 2, 2007, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Right Stuf Studio Panel will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 2:00 pm in room 104A. Right Stuf president Shawne Kleckner will give attendees the inside scoop on Right Stuf's newly renamed production division Nozomi Ent., the DVD release of THE THIRD, Right Stuf's 20th anniversary and upcoming releases.

Headline News Death Note Anime Available For Download, Coming to Anime Expo

VIZ Media has announced the availability of DEATH NOTE on a download-to-own basis beginning June 28, 2007, on TotalVid.com. The first 16 subtitled episodes will be available at launch, with one new episode added each week thereafter. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual DEATH NOTE episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.

Headline News Bandai Visual USA To Bring First U.S. High-Def Anime Title To Anime Expo

Bandai Visual USA Inc. announced it will be participating at Anime Expo 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, June 29-July 2, 2007. Bandai Visual USA will be offering FREEDOM VOLUME 1, which will mark the first commercial availability of a high-definition anime title in North America. Bandai Visual USA will be located at booth #1605.

Shuhei Morita, the director of FREEDOM, is expected to be on-hand at the Bandai Visual USA booth, and is scheduled to appear on an industry panel.

Headline News Sony Pictures TV International Launches Animax Mobile

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced the launch of Animax Mobile in Canada and Australia to kickoff a global roll-out of a "dedicated mobile version" of Sony's popular Japanese anime channel that currently can be seen across Asia, Central Europe, Germany, and Latin America on TV via cable and satellite providers. Animax Mobile is specifically designed for mobile TV viewing using mobile streaming technology and targets users ages 14-34.

Headline News Azureus to Distribute Anime from Geneon Ent.

Azureus, a global leader in aggregating and distributing long-form, high quality video via the Internet's most popular media peer-to-peer (P2P) application, struck a content agreement with Geneon Ent. to release popular anime series on its digital media platform. The agreement includes an episode of LUPIN III, "To Be or Nazi Be" (episode 3) that couldn't be aired on TV because of its outrageous storyline. Azureus will make the programs available on its video sharing site, Vuze (www.vuze.com), a premier broadband distribution platform.

Headline News U.K.-Based Anime Network GONG Launches in 36 Countries

The new anime network, GONG, dedicated to teens and adults, has launched as the first international on-demand, online Japanese animation channel in Europe and North America.

GONG is the only on-demand Anime channel, available anywhere, anytime, on any screen (TV, mobile, Internet, VOD), in 36 countries across Europe and North America, offering manga and anime fans top-rated and popular anime series and movies.

Headline News Sony TV Launches Anime Channel in Germany

Sony Pictures Television Int'l (SPTI) announced that its anime channel, Animax, is set to launch in Germany. The announcement was made following the signing of an agreement with Unity Media, the first distribution partner for Animax in the country. The channel will commence broadcasting from early June 2007 and will be available to digital pay-tv subscribers in the German regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, which have more than five million cable households. Further roll out of the channel through other distribution partners is to follow over the coming months.

Headline News SCI FI Adds Anime Block of Original Late-Night Programming

The SCI FI Channel will starting airing Ani-Monday, a weekly anime programming block, Monday nights from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am beginning June 11, 2007. Ani-Monday will feature a collection of movies, series and shorts from Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga. This also marks SCI FI's first foray into original late-night programming.

Headline News Hawley Joins 808inc. as Design Director

Chris Hawley has joined award-winning creative and production studio 808inc as design director.

Prior to joining 808inc., Hawley led the creative team at A.D. Vision, the number one multimedia producer and distributor of anime content in the U.S. He was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 12 designers and assisted in the early stages of hiring, training and development of a manga design team.

Headline News Lost's Doc Now Racer X

LOST star Matthew Fox is in closing talks to take on the role of Racer X in Larry and Andy Wachowski's big screen adaptation of anime classic, SPEED RACER, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Additionally, Australian actor Kick Gurry (Alex Proyas' GARAGE DAYS) is up for the role of Sparky, Speed's spacey mechanic. Fox and Gurry would join a cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.

Headline News Adult Swim Gets Blood +

The new anime series BLOOD +, based on the anime feature BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, is set to premiere on Saturday, March 10, at 12:30 am (ET, PT) on Adult Swim. BLOOD + is from exec producers Hideo Katsumata and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and features music from Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer. BLOOD + is a half-hour anime series and is produced by Aniplex, Inc., in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Headline News Anime Voice Actor Dean Turner Passes Away

Actor Dean Turner, who voiced many English dubs of anime series, died Dec. 28, 2006, at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center in Hawaii, reports BCDB.COM. He was 84. Turner died of respiratory failure after fighting diabetes for several years, said his partner of 40 years, actor Richard Pellett.

Turner voiced Lee and the Secretary Of Commerce in GASARAKI (1998), the Department Chief in HEPPOKO [SILLY] ANIMATION EXCEL SAGA (QUACK EXPERIMENTAL ANIME EXCEL SAGA) (1999), the Maitre D in A.D. POLICE: TO PROTECT AND SERVE (1999), and a driver and council member in NOIR (2001).

Headline News New Book Explores Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga

From the University of Minnesota Press for $19.95, MECHADEMIA, a new annual edited by Frenchy Lunning, begins a conversation among scholars, critics and fans about the complexity of art forms like Superflat, manga and anime. The premier issue features the interactive worlds that anime and manga have created, including the origins of cosplay, depictions of werewolves, forgotten images from a founding manga artist, videogame interactivity, the nature of anime fandom in America and the globalization of manga.

Headline News e frontier Sees Big Sales for Anime Studio 5

Since the release of Anime Studio 5 earlier in the fall, e frontier America Inc. has seen impressive sales of its 2D animation and cartoon creation software. Anime Studio was previously known as Moho.

Anime Studio utilizes a "bone rigging" system normally found only in 3D graphics software that streamlines the animation workflow and reduces production time. Manipulation and drawing tools can be used with digital photos to create cut out animations similar to JibJab Media and SouthParkStudios.com.

Headline News New York Comic Con Allows Fans to Vote for the American Anime Awards

American Anime AwardsNew York, New York, USAFeb. 24, 2006Deadline: Jan. 31, 2007

The New York Comic Con will host the first-ever American Anime Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The American Anime Awards celebrates Japanese animation (anime), which has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The awards showcase the very best anime to make its way to North America and the winners will be chosen by anime fans themselves.

Headline News Anime In The Limelight Returns to Toon Radio

Anime in the Limelight (AitL), the anime radio show, along and its legendary host, Max returns from its long hiatus with new and classic episodes on Oct. 7, 2006,

Las Vegas-based Limelight Prods., the producers of the world-famous show that went off the air in 2004, will start making episodes sometime early in 2007. Until then, classic episodes will air in rotation, with news one inserted as they are ready. AitL will run in its old timeslot of 6:00 pm on Saturdays. No word yet on the status of the AitL archive service.

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