Anchor Bay to distribute Manga Entertainment in Canada

Jun 6th 2005
Anchor Bay Entertainment to Market and Distribute Manga Anime in Canada.

Effective Monday July 18, 2005 the entire Manga Entertainment Inc. catalogue will be distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada. “Manga is a leader in the anime marketplace. The Manga brand is respected and valued and we are thrilled about the opportunities this new venture will present” –Jerry Woodburn General Manager Anchor Bay Canada. Manga was previously distributed in Canada by Sony Music Video.

Manga Entertainment Inc., an Anchor Bay Entertainment Company, (both subsidiaries of IDT Entertainment) specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture and international animation. Manga films are currently distributed in the U.S through Anchor Bay Entertainment. Manga has offices in London and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago. 2004 marked Manga Entertainment's 10 Year Anniversary.

Anchor Bay Canada's first new Manga release will be Ghost in the Shell; The Stand Alone Complex Vol. 7, July 26 2005 and will be available in both standard editions and special Editions. DVDs contain 4 exciting half hour episodes encoded directly from high definition masters, featuring superb surround sound, plus bonus extras. The Special Edition includes a 2 disc set with a t-shirt in a limited edition tin. Vol. 7 concludes season one of the critically acclaimed anime TV series. Season 2 titled S.A.C. 2nd GIG will be available fall 2005. Based on the popular Japanese manga by Shirow Masamune, this high-tech sci-fi anime series continues on with new chapters of the futuristic tale first brought to life in the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell. Once again, female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

Over the past 10 years, Manga has aggressively marketed Japanese animation with great success, releasing over 200 selections on VHS and DVD to retail and rental stores. The company's revered anime catalog includes such renowned titles as Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Blood: The Last Vampire, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Street Fighter Alpha, Perfect Blue, X, Macross Plus, Dead Leaves and Read or Die. With continued focus on releasing high quality anime titles, Manga's films have been instrumental in making anime one of the most popular expanding entertainment genres of the new millennium. Manga's Ghost in the Shell gained widespread acclaim and recognition with critics and audiences alike. The film single-handedly pushed anime's popularity into the mainstream of pop culture.

To compliment the company's ongoing focus and commitment to utilizing the latest in technology and entertainment, Manga maintains a comprehensive Web site www.manga.com. The site has become a premier online destination for anime enthusiasts Worldwide and features trailers, contests, up-to-date release information and an online catalog of Manga's extensive anime library.

Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell opened Manga Entertainment in London in 1991 and set the stage for European distribution of anime. The U.S. arm debuted in July 1994 and quickly defined itself as an industry leader in America. In 2004 Manga Entertainment was purchased by IDT Entertainment.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is an established leader in the field of home entertainment. In addition to the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection, the company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including “Time Bandits” and “Halloween,” classic television programming such as “Three's Company” and “Highlander,” the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series. Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with its co-owned sister companies, Film Roman Inc., Mainframe Entertainment Inc. and DKP Studios, is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Entertainment; IDT Entertainment is focused on developing, acquiring, producing and distributing computer-generated as well as traditional animated and live productions for the film, broadcast and direct-to-consumer markets. IDT Entertainment is a division of the IDT Corporation with common shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IDT; IDT.C). Anchor Bay Entertainment, IDT Entertainment and IDT Corporation can be accessed via the web by visiting www.anchorbayentertainment.com, www.idtentertainment.com and www.IDT.net.

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