Akimbo Adds Geneon to Its Acclaimed Anime on Demand Collection

Jun 13th 2007
Videos from Geneon added to Akimbo's extensive library of anime titles

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Akimbo™ announced today that it has added popular anime titles provided by GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC., a leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America, and the recipient of the 2006 “Best Anime Company” by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. Anime fans can now access the acclaimed show “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo” on demand through the Akimbo Service, with other hit shows such as “Last Exile” and “Lupin the 3rd” following in the coming weeks.

Akimbo lets consumers choose from a wide-ranging, fast-growing collection of more than 15,000 video-on-demand titles in over 100 categories, including hundreds of high-quality anime programs from Geneon and other partners. These programs are available to legions of anime fans for download and viewing on any PC powered by Microsoft Windows Vista or XP, as well as on any TV through such Akimbo partners as the AT&T Homezone entertainment service.

“Akimbo is keenly aware of the tremendous worldwide following Japanese anime has gained in recent years,” said Akimbo President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Frank. “That's why we've worked hard to amass a comprehensive collection of the best video available in the genre. The Geneon brand is synonymous with the highest quality of anime entertainment, and we are pleased to add video content provided by Geneon to the Akimbo Service.”

“Akimbo is known for its pioneering work bringing acclaimed specialty content on demand to eager audiences on the PC as well as the TV,” said Marc Harrington, vice president of business development at Geneon. “Delivering video content on the Akimbo Service helps Geneon in its mission to distribute and promote the best of Japanese anime in the U.S. marketplace.”

How to Get Akimbo

Akimbo's Internet-delivered video-on-demand service lets users discover the best of the anime genre along with an astounding variety of specialty content–including indie movies, short films, cult TV shows, LGBT-interest, condensed sports games, foreign language, men's lifestyle, learning, and adventure programs.

To access Akimbo on a PC, simply visit www.akimbo.com/pc.asp and download the free and easy-to-use software provided by Sonic Roxio Venue™.

To inquire about getting Akimbo on your TV, visit the AT&T section of the Akimbo Web site at www.akimbo.com/att.asp.

About Akimbo

Akimbo is the only company to offer consumers a vast, ever-growing collection of more than 15,000 TV-quality videos for on-demand download to the TV or PC via a broadband Internet connection. As an aggregator of specialty video content, Akimbo works with hundreds of video providers to bring the world of Internet video-on-demand to consumers. Akimbo was named to the OnHollywood 100 by AlwaysOn in 2007, as well as in 2006. Akimbo is located in San Mateo, Calif. and is funded by AT&T, Blueprint Ventures, Cisco Systems, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sprout Group, and Zone Ventures. For more information, visit www.akimbo.com.

About GENEON ENTERTAINMENT

A leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC. (www.geneonanimation.com) is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment content including film, music, animation and television shows on DVD, UMD, CD, and new media, including the Internet and mobile devices. Continually introducing new and classic anime and live-action programming, as well as anime CD soundtracks, the company also serves as a creative partner to many of Japan's top anime production companies. Additionally, Geneon Entertainment distributes critically acclaimed musical performances on DVD and CD from renowned artists. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Geneon Entertainment (USA) is a subsidiary and joint venture between Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu Inc. and d-rights, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Dentsu Inc., founded in 1901, is the largest advertising agency brand and the fifth largest marketing and communications organization in the world. Based in Tokyo, Dentsu offers national, multinational and global clients the most comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services through its unique “Total Communications Services” approach. Dentsu has pioneered and set global standards for integrated communications, which in latter years have been adopted by a number of major international networks. Dentsu's consolidated revenues for fiscal term 03/06 were recorded at $17.1 billion. Dentsu is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

d-rights, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan's largest general trading company), established in 1988, is an integrated production company handling entertainment content for a variety of media; terrestrial TV, Internet, DVD, etc. Based in Tokyo, d-rights offers the services as a content producer, a rights manager, and an advertising agency, and d-rights can provide clients with the support necessary to work more efficiently and effectively in the content business.

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