BOOSTS ITS “ASIA STREET” PROGRAMMING BLOCK FOR ASIAN AMERICANS WITH NEW ACQUISITIONS OF KOREAN FILM AND JAPANESE ANIME
Licensing Deals Announced with Mirovision and Central Park Media
Englewood, CO – Continuing to expand programming content for its growing Asian American audience, International Channel
has signed licensing agreements with Mirovision for nine Korean films and Central Park Media
for seven anime titles. Both the films and anime will air during “Asia Street,” International Channel
's primetime block of programming that is scheduled specifically for a young, English-speaking, Asian American audience. The programs will also be part of the channel's On Demand package.
“The Mirovision deal is very important for us, as it will allow International Channel
Networks to capitalize on the growing popularity of Korean cinema and be one of the few outlets in the US to feature Korean movies,” said Steve Smith, Managing Director, International Channel
Networks. “In addition, anime continues to be one of the top genres on International Channel
, and the new titles from Central Park Media
will greatly expand our product offering in this category.”
The agreement with Mirovision gives International Channel
nine Korean films: “Byul” (2003), “The Show” (2003), “The Hidden Princess” (2002), “Family” (2002), “Siren” (2000), “Love Bakery” (2000), “Secret Tears” (2000), “The Spy” (1999) and “Ghost in Love” (1999). The films will be subtitled in English. Mirovision is a major distributor of Korean Films.
In a separate deal with Central Park Media
, International Channel
acquired the rights to eight anime titles: “Record of Lodoss War
, “Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
”, “Black Jack
”, “Now and Then, Here and There”, “Patlabor The Mobile Police: The Original Series
”, “Patlabor The Mobile Police: The TV Series
”, “Project A-Ko”, and “Descendants of Darkness”. These programs will be presented in English. Central Park Media
is a leading supplier of anime in the United States.
About International Channel
Networks (ICN) is a leading provider of in-language and multi-ethnic programming in the United States. The company delivers programming through ad-supported and pay TV channels, original productions and Video On Demand
. International Channel
is the company's ad-supported channel that consists of programming in more than 15 Asian, European and Middle Eastern languages. The channel also appeals to young Asian American viewers by providing a primetime programming block in English that speaks to their specific cultural interests. ICN also provides 21 pay TV channels that offer specific in-language programming from a variety of international sources: African Independent Television (African), ART (Arabic), CCTV-4 (Chinese), Channel One Russia (Russian), CTI
Zhong Tian Channel (Chinese), MBC (Korean), NITV (Farsi), Pro TV International (Romanian), RAI (Italian), Rang-A-Rang (Farsi), Romanian Satellite Channel 2 (Romanian), Romanian Satellite Channel 3 (Romanian), RTN (Russian), SBTN (Vietnamese), The Filipino Channel
(Filipino), TV Asia (South Asian), TV JAPAN (Japanese), tvK24 (Korean), TV5
(French) and TV Polonia
Networks is the trade name of International Networks, LLC, a wholly owned company of Comcast
Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK). For more information, visit www.internationalchannel.com .
About Central Park MediaCentral Park Media
has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990. The company currently manufactures and distributes three home entertainment lines, each offering anime product for a distinct and discriminating audience: U.S. Manga Corps
, Central Park Media
and Software Sculptors
. With exclusive rights to hundreds of book, video and music products, the company has become a leader in integrated media, as well as a leading publisher of graphic novels under its CPM
Press label. Central Park Media
also carries a broad array of documentaries released under its CPM
label, as well as live-action Japanese feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema
For high resolution, downloadable artwork and information, please visit CPM
's electronic press kit at www.centralparkmedia.com./cpmdb/presskit.cfm .