Viz Media Signs New Broadcast Deals in Latin America

Aug 23rd 2006
San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2006 - Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of
the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies has closed deals with
three of the largest terrestrial television companies in Latin America
for two animated series from Japan: NARUTO and ZATCH BELL!. America TV
(Peru) has acquired 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO ; TV
Globo (Brazil) has acquired 52 episodes of ZATCH BELL! and Televideo
Services picked up 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO for
Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Paraguay,
and Honduras.

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.

"We are excited to be partnering with some of the strongest
broadcasters, in Latin America to air these popular series," said
Daniel
Marks, Senior Vice President, International, Viz Media. "These
territories are critical as we continue to expand the audience in Latin
America for NARUTO and ZATCH BELL!."

TV Globo is the leader in broadcasting information, education and
entertainment to 99,7% of the Brazilian territory. A
worldwide-recognized name, TV Globo inspires
itself in Brazil and in the Brazilian people. More than 90% of its
programming is in-house production. Every year, TV Globo produces the
equivalent of two thousand feature films in novelas, miniseries, shows
and comedy programs. These shows are ratings leaders in Brazil and
acclaimed in more than 130 countries.

America TV is the number one broadcaster in Peruvian television. It
receives double the audience share of its nearest competitor and holds
the largest approval ratings among children's audience with its program
block entitled "DE LA RE."

Televideo Services, based in Miami, Florida, is a holding group that
holds interests in 34+ TV Stations throughout Latin America. The list
of
major stations includes three in Costa Rica, two in Southern Mexico,
two
in Nicaragua, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Chile, among
others.

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.

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