Anime Network Brings Original, Uncut "Gatchaman" to US


Houston, TX, June 7, 2004-Anime Network, the first channel in North Americadedicated to anime, has signed a deal with Sandy Frank Entertainment tobring all 105 episodes of the original Gatchaman series to televisionviewers and anime fans alike. This marks the first time that the complete,unaltered original series will be aired for American fans. The announcementwas made today by Kevin Corcoran, president of Anime Network.

Considered a true classic and one of the preeminent anime series of alltime, Gatchaman began more than 30 years ago and has become one of thelongest-running drama series in anime history. The series, which spawnedG-Force and Battle of the Planets (named among the all-time, top-10 animatedseries in the U.S. by Wizard magazine), the much-edited versions that airedin the U.S. in the 1970s and 80s, follows the adventures of five teenagerswho come together and change into superheroes to save the world frommonsters and intergalactic evil. The complexity of the characters and theireveryday struggles, including sometimes just getting along with each other,has helped the anime genre attract more adults than children.

"We are happy to have completed our first acquisition agreement with SandyFrank Entertainment and are extremely excited to bring this compelling andmuch-loved series to Anime Network fans in its original, unaltered version,"stated Corcoran. "This type of quality programming helps our network growthe popular anime genre with audiences of all ages."

"Gatchaman is a ground breaking series that has made anime history," addedPhil Oldman, senior vice president, Sandy Frank Entertainment. "AnimeNetwork is dedicated to bringing audiences the best programming availableand we are thrilled that Gatchaman will be a part of that effort."

About Sandy Frank EntertainmentSandy Frank Entertainment is among the longest-established and mostsuccessful independent distributor of syndicated format programming. In its35 years of existence, the company has successfully launched and marketedevery program and series it undertook to distribute.

About Anime NetworkThe Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company to ADVFilms and Newtype USA), is the first cable channel in North Americadedicated to anime with access to thousand of hours of exciting,eye-catching serialized programming. The Anime Network launched in NorthAmerica in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digitalcable video-on-demand technology and has become the #1 offering ofvideo-on-demand. The network is broadening its initial roster ofmulti-system operator agreements to provide its programming nationwide,helping to bring the elusive 18-34 tech savvy male demographic back totelevision and drive demand for additional digital services offered byMSO's. Additional information on Anime Network is available .

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