GDH Group Announces the Formation of New Content Fund

Nov 21st 2006
GDH Group Announces
the Formation of New Content Fund

An investment fund aimed to support non-group media businesses
2006.11.21
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that one of its group companies, GDH Capital K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: Fumiaki Gotoh, hereafter GDH Capital), will be setting up an investment fund, called the "Content Firm Contribution Fund" (Content Firm Contribution Toshi Jigyou Yugen Sekinin Kumiai), with starting capital of JPY 650 million.

This is the first attempt by the GDH group to establish a fund targeted for investing in companies outside the group. Utilizing the group's extensive knowledge and expertise, the fund will support and invest in small to medium scale enterprises that develop high-quality content in the field of music, games, broadcasting, feature films, mobile content, etc.

Leveraging on its previous experiences of setting up SPCs (special-purpose companies) and the entertainment content fund (established earlier this year), GDH Capital will provide support to venture companies that specialize in development of content businesses that are expected to generate new demand in the industry or are highly synergistic with the group's businesses. Through this new scheme, GDH Capital aims to maximize the growth potential and value of the investees. By expanding its investment opportunities externally, the GDH group will actively support media content venture firms and thus contribute to the development of the content industry in Japan.

This newly established fund will be supported by NIF SMBC Ventures Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President: Shin-ichi Yamamura) which will be providing investment as well as consultation on management of the fund.

[ 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 www.G.D.H.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

[ About GDH Capital K.K. ]
A GDH group company established in December 2005, GDH Capital provides innovative and value added content financing services. GDH Capital plans to conduct a wide range of business operations, including creating and operating content and venture capital funds, lending, raising of funds, completion guarantees, and IPO and financial consulting services to other Japanese content-related companies.

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