G4 Acquires Three Anime Series From ADV Films

Aug 23rd 2005
G4 ACQUIRES THREE FAN-FAVORITE ANIME SERIES FROM ADV FILMS

Acclaimed Series RahXephon, Cromartie High and Colorful to Join G4's All-New Late Night Block – Barbed Wire Biscuit


LOS ANGELES, CA – August 23, 2005 – G4 – videogame tv has acquired three fan-favorite anime series, RahXephon, Cromartie High School and Colorful, from ADV Films. The futuristic action-packed series RahXephon premieres first as part of G4's all-new late-night block Barbed Wire Biscuit on Friday, September 2 at 12:00 AM ET/9:00 PM PT. The announcement was jointly made today by Laura Civiello, Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, G4 and John Ledford, President and CEO, ADV Films.

RahXephon, Cromartie High and Colorful share an edgy and sometimes irreverent sensibility with G4's current late-night programming, making them a perfect fit,” comments Civiello. “Plus, all three series are incredibly popular anime fan-favorites and will also appeal to G4 viewers.”

ADV is looking forward to exposing a new audience to these three immensely popular shows,” says Ledford. “G4 is an innovative broadcaster, and we are proud to have our shows in their line-up.”

The first series to debut on G4 this fall is RahXephon, which follows the adventures of Kamina Ayato in the near future of 2012. After awakening RahXephon, a giant mecha with awe-inspiring abilities, Ayato battles mysterious alien invaders and struggles to discover what is real, what is not, and what his place is in the events unfurling before him. RahXephon premieres on Friday, September 2 at 12:00 AM ET/9:00 PM PT.

Both Cromartie High and Colorful are slated to premiere on G4 in December 2005. Cromartie High tracks the not-so-everyday existence of Kamiyama and his delinquent classmates. Colorful is a strange and deranged series with a warped sense of humor.

All three anime series will be part of G4's all-new late-night block, Barbed Wire Biscuit, which is a one-hour branded programming strip airing Monday through Friday at 12:00 AM ET/PT. The block features both live-action and animated series, including Happy Tree Friends & Friends, Brainiac, Anime Unleashed and Cinematech: Nocturnal Emissions.


About G4

G4 – videogame tv - launched in April 2002 and is now available in 53 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. G4 airs programming that covers every aspect of the videogame culture. Shows feature breaking industry news, reviews, the hottest games and gear, celebrity interviews, insider opinions and underground trends in sports, animation and technology. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and is owned by Comcast Corporation. To learn more, log onto www.g4tv.com.


About ADV Films

In the 13 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to newest anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker and D.N.Angel. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America's largest anime convention.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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