Bandai And YTV Bring Anime Programming to Canada

Sep 10th 2004
BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT AND #1 CANADIAN YOUTH BROADCASTER YTV SETS SIGHTS ON NEW ANIME PROPERTIES FOR CANADA


Cypress, CA (September 10, 2004) – Bandai Entertainment along with YTV, the #1 youth broadcaster in Canada, aims to bring the best in Japanese animated programming to Canada. Programming kicks off with one of the most popular Gundam series of all time, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed on September 10th under the YTV BIONIX block.

Originally broadcast in Japan, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed is the latest television series to one of Japan's most beloved franchises, Mobile Suit Gundam. Garnering numerous awards including ‘Best TV Series’ (Tokyo Anime Fair), Gundam Seed has continued expand in popularity with television broadcast in North America, DVD release, video games, toys, and merchandise.

YTV will also be airing the following cutting edge anime properties: Superior Defender Gundam Force – Fully 3D cel shaded animation for younger Gundam fans, Witch Hunter Robin – the gothic thriller from anime mastermind, Shukou Murase, and .hack//SIGN [Airing Spring 2005]– Part of the best selling video game chronicling a young video game player's journey through an online fantasy game with no way out.

SD Gundam Force – Fri 7PM and Sat. 7:30 AM ET/PT
Gundam Seed – Fri 9:30 PM and 12:30 AM ET/PT
Witch Hunter Robin – Fri 10:30 PM and 1:30 AM ET/PT
.hack//SIGN - [Airing Spring 2005]

Please visit www.gundamofficial.com for more information regarding Gundam and Gundam Seed and please visit www.YTV.com for updated broadcast information.


Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Seed, Witch Hunter Robin, and Wolf's Rain. Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.


YTV, Canada's #1 youth network, is seen in over eight million homes across Canada. As a major force in Canadian kids' entertainment, YTV has triggered over $870 million in Canadian independent production; developed a Web site that averages over 9 million page views each week; published a successful kids' magazine, Whoa!; and conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report.

YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children's programming and products. The Company's other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus' Web site can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

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