The Place Promised License Clarification

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
ADV has informed ANN that they do not have the license for "The Place Promised."

A.D. Vision has contacted Anime News Network and informed us that they do not have the theatrical license for Makoto Shinkai's The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

The following statement was prepared by A.D. Vision:
ADV requested that its theatrical division explore theatrical opportunities in light of the Japanese producer's goal of releasing the film stateside in 2005. Without knowing the full background of that request and, in particular, without knowing that ADV had not, in fact, entered into a licensing agreement for the film, ADV's theatrical division assumed that ADV was more involved in the project than ADV actually was. Regrettably, that is reflected by Mr. Buck's less than optimal characterization.

It seems this is a classic case of an imprecise communication spawning an inaccurate conclusion-- namely that ADV had indeed acquired the film. ADV has not. Again, we'd love to host it, but that decision rests with the Japanese producers.
Although "less than optimal," Mr. Buck's statement to ANN did not explicitely state that ADV had acquired any rights whatsoever (it only stated that they would be releasing it). ANN would like to apologize to its readers and A.D. Vision for any confusion caused by this assumption on our part.

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