Tonik Barber Named SVP and General Counsel for VIZ Media

Tonik Barber Named SVP and General Counsel for VIZ Media

Veteran Entertainment Industry Executive to Oversee
All Business and Legal Affairs

San Francisco, CA, October 27, 2005 – VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, announces the appointment of Tonik Barber as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel. Barber assumed her new position on October 20th and will be working alongside VIZ Media management, contributing to business development, strategic planning and initiatives, as well as managing the company's wide-ranging legal and business affairs activities.

Prior to joining VIZ Media, Barber served for 10 years as Director of Business Affairs for Lucasfilm Ltd. where she managed business affairs and legal matters for George Lucas's STAR WARS™ and INDIANA JONES™ brands. Previously Barber was Vice President of Motown Corporation and partner in a major entertainment law firm. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University.

“Ms. Barber is an outstanding legal talent and possesses more than two decades of high level experience,” states Hidemi Fukuhara, CEO of VIZ Media. “She has demonstrated exceptional skill in handling an array of vital legal matters in the entertainment arena, and VIZ Media will benefit tremendously from her background and sound expertise as we build the future of Japanese manga and animation content throughout the world.”

“I am honored to join the VIZ Media family,” adds Barber. “Anime and manga are among the fastest growing genres in the entertainment industry and the future looks very bright for this company. This is an exciting time to be involved with such groundbreaking content and I look forward to making a substantial contribution to VIZ Media's success.”

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at

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