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ADV Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Style

posted on 2002-06-30 17:20 EDT
ADV Films celebrated their 10th anniversary with a party in Tokyo with guests from many important Japanese Anime companies.

Excerpts from ADV PR

HOUSTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The #1 distributor of Japanese animation in North America, A.D. Vision ("ADV"), celebrated its tenth anniversary recently with a formal event held at the Star Room in the Westin Hotel, Tokyo.

On hand for the festivities were ADV President, CEO and Founder, John Ledford; Senior Vice-President, CFO and COO, Kevin Corcoran; Chief Technology Officer Mark Williams; President of ADV-Tokyo, Toru Iwakami; and representatives from Japan's top entertainment companies, including Bandai Visual, Bones, Broccoli, CoMix Wave, Daiei, Dynamic Planning, Enoki Film, Gainax, Gonzo, JVC, Kadokawa Shoten, Kodansha, KSS, Mad House, SME Visual Works, Space Shower Network, Sunrise, Suplex, TBS, Toei, TOHO International, Victor Entertainment and many more.

The esteemed guests, who were proud to see ADV grow into an entertainment powerhouse during its first decade of business, brought along dozens of beautiful flower arrangements as gifts, which were placed at the entrance to the grand ballroom for decoration.

The highlight of the evening was a toast from Satoru Terada, the Managing Director of TOHO International, the legendary producers of the "Godzilla" movie franchise, and co-producers of "Akira" and "Spriggan." ADV and TOHO have enjoyed a long, fruitful partnership over the years. ADV's first licensed title for home video was TOHO's "Devil Hunter Yohko" anime; and ADV has released other TOHO properties such as "Spriggan," "Destroy All Monsters!," "KI・ME・RA" and more.

"I'm delighted ADV has developed into the big company we know today," Terada toasted. "I wish you great prosperity for many years."

"It was truly a special evening for ADV Films," Ledford said. "Celebrating this milestone in the company of so many of the people who helped make it possible was a special moment for me, one I know I'll never forget."

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