ImaginAsian TV Launches Classic Anime Block with TMS EntertainmentApr 16th 2007
“TMS Presents: Anime Classics” to premiere June 5, 2007 on iaTV
New York, April 16, 2007 - ImaginAsian TV (iaTV), America's first 24-hour Asian American television network, announced today that it will launch a new anime block called “TMS Presents: Anime Classics”. The block will feature classic anime series from Japanese animation studio, TMS Entertainment, a division of Sega/Sammy Corporation. ORGUSS, CAT'S EYE SEASON 1, and NOBODY'S BOY – REMI are scheduled to premiere on iaTV's new 90 minute, Monday through Friday stripped morning animation block premiering on June 5, 2007 at 8:30AM. PST/EST. All three highly acclaimed anime series will be making their North American broadcast premieres.
“There are legions of classic anime fans who have been longing to see some of their favorite classic anime series' on television,” said David Chu, SVP of programming and production at ImaginAsian TV. “We are excited to partner with TMS Entertainment in bringing these outstanding series to American fans, and strengthening iaTV's position as one of the leading cable networks showcasing the best anime.”
According to Andrew Berman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of TMS Entertainment, U.S.A.; “we are extremely thrilled about working with ImaginAsian to set up a TMS branded animation block that consists of some of our classic anime titles. ImaginAsian's superb know-how and expertise in the field of anime makes us very confident that this will be a very successful long-term venture for both parties.”
Scheduled to premiere on Tuesday mornings, “TMS Presents: Anime Classics” will launch with three series in Japanese with English subtitles:
In the mid 21st century, the two superpowers that control the earth are engaged in a fierce battle for control of an “orbital elevator”, which allows fast access to satellite colonies. In the midst of battle, one pilot accidentally activates a secret weapon–destroying all of Earth's parallel dimensions and resulting in a world that constantly shifts between pieces of different realities. Suddenly, Earth is shared between four different human races!
Three sisters run a small café during the day, but at night they become Cat's Eye, an infamous group of fine art thieves who infiltrate museums, stealing priceless works of art (and completely evading police). But it's not greed that motivates these girls: their father, a famous artist, has disappeared, and the only clues they have to his whereabouts might come from the art they steal.
Based on the classic 1878 book by Hector Malot, Nobody's Boy is the tale of Remi, a boy from a French village, whose life is forever changed when his father tells him that he is adopted, and sells him to a traveling artist. Heartbroken and adjusting to the difficulties of life on the road, he is soon left alone, enduring hardships and loss, and desperately searching for his real parents.
About TMS Entertainment, Ltd. Headquartered in Tokyo, TMS Entertainment, Ltd. (TMS) is one of the largest and most established and respected producers and distributors of Japanese animation with a library consisting of over 8,000 half hour episodes and over 100 feature films. The main line of business for TMS is the production, distribution, licensing, and merchandising of animated entertainment. With offices in Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles, TMS has successfully become a global provider of animation having distributed its titles to over 100 territories worldwide. Listed on the Nagoya Stock Exchange in Tokyo, TMS Entertainment, Ltd. is a subsidiary company of videogame giant SEGA and SAMMY Enterprises now known as Sega/Sammy Corporation.
About ImaginAsian TV ImaginAsian TV (iaTV) is America's first national 24-hour Asian American network, catering to American audiences with a passion “for all things Asian,” including more than 14 million Asian / Pacific Americans. iaTV (www.iaTV.tv) offers top-notch movies, music, dramas, anime, documentaries, sports, news, and original programming from Asia and the U.S. All foreign-language programs are subtitled in English to meet the needs of the general public, and English-speaking hosts introduce shows during prime time. Fully advertiser-supported, ImaginAsian TV is currently carried on cable systems in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Hawaii and parts of New Jersey, as well as via broadcast in other parts of the United States, including Seattle, WA, and Edison, NJ. Along with The ImaginAsian Theater, ImaginAsian Pictures, ImaginAsian Home Entertainment, ImaginAsian Radio, and iaLink, ImaginAsian TV is an integrated division of ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc.