Aniplex Announces A-1 Pictures Panel for Anime Expo

May 21st 2007

ANIPLEX ANNOUNCES A-1 PICTURES PANEL FOR ANIME EXPO

SANTA MONICA, CA – Anime fans will get a special behind-the-scenes look at hot new projects when the A-1 Pictures staff unveils a sneak preview and shares behind-the-scenes look at several ongoing projects at Anime Expo 2007, at the Long Beach Convention Center June 29-July 2.

Panelists include CEO and President of A-1 Pictures, Hideo Katsumata Executive Producer of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, RUROUNI KENSHIN (Samurai X), and NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, Senior Vice-President Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer of R.O.D –THE TV-, BLOOD+, and KAMICHU! and Takaharu Ozaki the CG Specialist who worked on METROPOLIS, TEXHNOLYZE, and TENJHO TENGE.

The panel date and time will be finalized when available, and fans can check HYPERLINK "http://www.anime-expo.org" www.anime-expo.org for the most updated information. There will be special gifts for those who attend the panel!

About A-1 PICTURES
ANIPLEX Inc. funded the establishment of A-1 Pictures in May 2005, opening the studio in Asagaya, Tokyo in 2006. The staff includes top creators and producers behind such major anime titles as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D –THE TV-,” “Blood+,” and “Kamichu!A-1 Pictures is currently developing three TV series, as well as a feature length movie.

About ANIPLEX Inc.
ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. in 1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc. has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D –THE TV-,” “Blood+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched Aniplex of America in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most technically advanced animation studio in Japan.


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