GDH, H.I.S. Announce Launch of a new Campaign

Sep 5th 2006
12 people will be selected from applicants to become animation characters
2006.09.04
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that, in collaboration with H.I.S. Co, Ltd. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director and President: Yoshio Suzuki, hereafter H.I.S.), it will launch a campaign in which travelers can win the opportunity to be made into animation characters and appear in RED GARDEN, an animated TV series produced by GDH's group company, GONZO K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: Koji Kajita, hereafter GONZO).

To be eligible contestants must purchase travels (either air tickets or package tour) to the mainland United States (or to Canada or the Caribbean if traveling via the United States) at H.I.S. East Japan offices and must register on the special website of the campaign. Twelve people will be selected from the applicants and these winners will be given the opportunity to appear as animation characters in RED GARDEN, scheduled to premier from October 2006. GONZO's world-renowned animators will make the winners into animated characters and these characters will appear in the episodes to be aired between January and March 2007. The winners will also have their names listed on the end credits and receive a recording script of the episode they appear in along with the recorded DVD. This never-seen-before campaign in the industry will provide unique opportunities not only for GONZO animation fans but also for a wider TV audience.

GDH has always been proactively encouraging close interactions with GONZO fans and discovering new talents by organizing events for fans and auditions for voice actors for GONZO titles. GDH will continue to explore and implement innovative ideas and build closer ties with fans.
*For more information about the campaign, please ask the local H.I.S. agency or visit http://www.his-j.com/red. (available from September 5th)

[ About RED GARDEN ]
You'll never truly treasure your life, until the day you lose it! That's the lesson four schoolgirls in contemporary New York learn when their encounter with a cruel and brutal hidden world results in their untimely deaths - and their resurrection as vampires, blessed with a chance to escape death, but cursed with a shadowy half-existence where they must fight on behalf of their new masters even as they watch their old lives slipping away from them. Provocative and intelligent, RED GARDEN is a striking new direction for animation.

Main Production Staff
Director: Ko Matsuo
Series and Script Supervisor: Tomohiro Yamashita
Script: Tomohiro Yamashita, Mari Okada
Character Designer: fujijun
Animation Character Designer/Chief Animation Director: Kumi Ishii
Art Director: Masatoshi Kai
Music Director: Toshiki Kameyama
Music by: Akira Senju
Color Coordinator: Yuichi Furuichi
Visuals Coordinator: Kentaro Sasaki
Animation Production: GONZO

*Weekly broadcast to start on Tuesday, October 3rd from 26:40 on TV Asahi and other broadcasting stations
RED GARDEN official website: http://www.redgarden.jp
©2006 RED GARDEN PROJECT

[ About H.I.S. ]
H.I.S. Co., Ltd. is a comprehensive travel company providing a wide range of products from international airline tickets, package tours, conducted package tours, business and first class airline tickets and executive tours, overseas weddings and honeymoons, and hotels and railway passes.
With a worldwide network of 67 offices located in 57 cities overseas, H.I.S. helps customers enjoy their travel experience.
For more information, please visit: http://www.his-j.com/

[ About GDH K.K ]
GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the recently launched GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
For additional information, visit http://www.G.D.H.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

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