Viz Announces New VP of Content Management

Jan 23rd 2007
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Veteran Entertainment Branding Executive Brings Over 20 Years Of Experience To Manga And Animation Giant

San Francisco, CA, January 23, 2007 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the appointment of Linda Espinosa as Vice President of Content Management.

Espinosa will spearhead the strategy for acquired animation properties, providing creative direction for the Consumer Products division and supervising the Approvals and Content Management teams. Espinosa effectively joined the Company on January 8, 2007 and will report to Executive Vice President, Akira Fujita.

Espinosa has over 20 years experience in entertainment branding, licensing and product design for a variety of high profile global clients. For the past seven years, she owned and operated Piece O Cake Design, Inc. in New York City which specialized in the same services. Her previous experience has included directing product design for the Viacom properties Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite, MTV and Paramount, and she served as Creative Director for retail at Warner Bros. and Creative Director for Consumer Products at The Walt Disney Company.

Espinosa's first experience with Viz Media was having them as a client, working with the brands DEKO BOKO FRIENDS, BLEACH and MÄR. "I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an expanding global brand such as Viz Media,” she says. “The potential for this brand and their titles are limitless. This is a great time to be involved with such exciting properties and I look forward to the opportunity to help define Viz Media's brand and presence in the marketplace.”

“Ms. Espinosa is a welcome addition to Viz Media, and with her broad knowledge of entertainment branding and background of working on product design and style guides for such well known brands as Nickelodeon, she will be a tremendous asset to Viz Media's senior management team,” states Akira Fujita, EVP of Viz Media. “We look forward to her contributions in continuing to build strategies for best-selling properties such as NARUTO and BLEACH, and providing leadership and vision in developing such emerging brands as MÄR and PRINCE OF TENNIS.”

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 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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