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Ultraman Creator Acquired by Appleseed Creator

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 12:00am

TYO, an advertising, film and animation firm, is acquiring the creator of ULTRAMAN, Tsuburaya Prods., reports After a restructuring of Tsuburaya, TYO plans to heavily exploit the ULTRAMAN franchise, which has already spawned more than 20 live-action and anime TV series and feature films. The property is also a merchandising bonanza, including toys and videogames. TYO produced the anime series APPLESEED EX MACHINA.

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Anime Network Expands U.K. Programming

Following its successful debut on Propeller TV, Anime Network's edgy, two-hour injection of anime is now airing nightly on SKY Channel 195 between 8:00-10:00 pm, with new content shown on weekends. Positive viewer feedback to the block launched in early June encouraged the network to beef up its programming.

"We received a tremendous response to the Anime Network block during its 13-week debut," said Andrew McKinnon, Propeller TV Commercial Director. "This is clearly content our viewers are demanding, so we're happy to give them what they want."

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ADV Films & Geneon Announce Strategic Alliance

ADV Films and Geneon Ent. (USA) announced a new distribution agreement. Beginning Oct. 1st, ADV Films will be Geneon Ent. USA's sole distributor. ADV Films will handle all sales and distribution duties for the combined catalog as well as certain marketing functions.

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AnimeTV To Air on Comcast's On Demand Network

The Comcast Corp. has picked up the nine-episode first season of AnimeTV -- Bang Zoom! Ent.'s popular anime info show -- for its Anime Selects On Demand network. The program has attracted a growing legion of fans with informative commentary and interviews with a variety of anime industry luminaries. The broadcast is significant because it marks the first time an independently produced program dedicated to covering the burgeoning anime market will be made available in so many major national markets.

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Japanese Animation Organization Names New CEO

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced the appointment of current CFO Ms. Trulee Karahashi to the position of CEO for the nonprofit organization dedicated to popularizing and educating the American public about anime and manga. A University of California Berkeley graduate, Karahashi has extensive experience in working with American and Japanese anime and manga industries, as well as long-time experience with Anime Expo, the largest anime/manga convention held in the U.S. As CEO, Ms.

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Anime Network Gets Robotic Boost from Illumitoon

Adding a healthy dose of sci-fi and adventure to its popular lineup, Anime Network has licensed two new series from Illumitoon Ent. The mecha robot-filled series B'TX and AM DRIVER are set to premiere on VOD on September 6 and September 9, respectively.

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Japanese Anime Market Grows 220%

Japan's Media Development Research Institute announced that the Japanese anime market grew to 241.5 billion yen (about $2.026 billion) in 2006, reports ANIME NEWS NETWORK. This is the highest level since the institute started surveying in 1990, and represents the third year of continuous growth.


Book Review: 'The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition'

Anime expert Fred Patten checks out The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition to see if the authors have maintained its position as the go-to book for any questions on anime.

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Anime Network Takes Seed in Sunflower State

Houston-based Anime Network has secured linear carriage in the state of Kansas with Sunflower Broadband and Eagle Communications, which adds three new markets to Anime Network's linear distribution. Anime Network will soon be available in Lawrence, Hays and Minneapolis, Kansas, just in time for the new semester to begin at universities across the state.

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FUNimation Anime Coming to Net Via TotalVid, the Internet video-on-demand service from Landmark Communications, has announced the availability of five new anime series from FUNimation Ent. downloadable through its subscription platform. offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos, movies and TV episodes in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual anime episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.

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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.

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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.

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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 The first 16 subtitled episodes will be available at launch, with one new episode added each week thereafter. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (, a premier broadband distribution platform.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.