Geneon Entertainment Signs Distribution Agreement with Toei Animation


Air Master, Interlude, And Slam Dunk Among First Properties To Be Distributed On DVD

LONG BEACH, Calif. ­ Geneon Entertainment announced today an agreement with leading Japanese anime producer Toei Animation (JASDAQ - code 4816) to distribute the company's animation programs on DVD in the U.S. and Canada. The first titles slated to be distributed under the agreement are Air Master, Interlude and Slam Dunk. Toei Animation is credited with international smash hit properties such as Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon and Digimon and has created over 180 film and television titles well known by children and adults all over the world. "We are thrilled to be partnering with such a well-respected anime production company as Toei Animation to bring its stellar properties to new audiences through our established DVD distribution capabilities in the U.S. and Canada," said Yosuke Kobayashi, president and CEO, Geneon Entertainment. Geneon Entertainment is a leading supplier of Japanese animation in the U.S. anime DVD market and has an impressive library of titles which continues to expand. Among the many internationally acclaimed properties distributed by Geneon Entertainment are Tenchi Muyo!, Lupin The Third, Armitage, Heat Guy J, Last Exile, Beyblade, Gungrave, X, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Sailor Moon. Other films released by Geneon include the stunningly restored, anime masterpiece Akira, the Japanese blockbuster Onmyoji, the sci-fi classic Patlabor WXIII, and Sakura Wars the Movie. "Geneon Entertainment's commitment to Japanese anime along with its expertise in sales, marketing and distribution make it an ideal partner for us as we continue to expand our international business," said Kanji Kazahaya, COO, Toei Animation.

About Geneon Entertainment

A leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America. GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC. ( is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment content including film, music, animation and television shows on DVD and CD. 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 Entertainment¹s parent company is Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu, Inc.

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. The group has more than 6,000 clients and 14,447 full-time employees in both Japan and in its offices overseas. Consolidated revenues for fiscal term 03/04 were recorded at $2,679,705 billion. Dentsu is publicly quoted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Code 4324).

About Toei Animation

Toei Animation Co., Ltd. ( or
) is Japan's largest animation production company since 1956, and have produced many celebrated works ranging from feature films such as "The White Snake" and "Puss 'N Boots", to TV series staring from "Ken, the Wild Boy" on to "Dragon Ball," "Sailor Moon," "Digimon Adventure" and "One Piece." The content in its possession come to a total of approximately 8,500 episodes, which accounts for about 4,200 hours. Consolidated billings (gross sales for fiscal terms 02/03 were recorded at Yen18,429 million. Toei Animation is publicly quoted on JASDAQ (code 4816). Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and its affiliate company registered as "Toei Animation Inc." in Century City, California.

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