Viz Media Inks Deals with Cartoon Network Latin America for New Animation from Japan

Jul 19th 2006
San Francisco, CA - Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has closed deals for three new shows in Latin America. Cartoon Network has acquired 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO, and 61-30 second episodes of DEKO BOKO FRIENDS.

Loosely translated, DEKO BOKO FRIENDS means, "You and I are different, and that's why I like you." Featuring 12 unique characters including Melodina (who loves to sing), Belly Boing (who loves to eat), and Kaki Kaki (who is extremely shy), this clever animation has captured the hearts of all ages.

NARUTO, a ratings sensation on Cartoon Network in the U.S. since its debut in September 2005, is targeted at kids ages 9-14. Action-packed and filled with suspense and humor, the show features Uzumaki Naruto - a mischievous misfit struggling to develop his ninja skills, and with a little help from his friends, he just might become head ninja one day.

ZATCH BELL! is an action adventure series where kids 6-11 witness the ultimate battle of 100 mamodo! Teamed up with human partners and mysterious spell books, Zatch and his mamodo friends unleash their magic spells to try to become king of the mamodo world.

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"We are thrilled to be bringing a diverse slate of properties to Latin America through the strength and power of Cartoon Network," states Daniel Marks, Senior Vice President, International, Viz Media.

ZATCH BELL! and DEKO BOKO FRIENDS will begin airing on Cartoon Network this summer; NARUTO is scheduled to broadcast in early 2007.

"We are proud to be broadcasting NARUTO, DEKO BOKO FRIENDS, and ZATCH BELL!," says Cindy Kerr, Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, Cartoon Network & Boomerang Latin America. "Together with Viz Media, Cartoon Network will expand the market while continuing to satisfy our loyal Anime fans in Latin America."

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network Latin America is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour cable and satellite service offering the best in animated entertainment from the world's largest cartoon library and original programs such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Courage, the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd 'n Eddy, Codename: Kids Next Door, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Camp Lazlo, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and My Gym Partner's a Monkey. It is the favorite and most viewed cable network and is available in 18.7 million households in the region. Cartoon Network Latin America launched April 30, 1993 and is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

About Viz Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co, Ltd. (Sho-Pro Japan), Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact Viz Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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