CPM Selected to Represent US Anime Industry at TAF-NY


Local NY Firm Smashes Sake Barrel at Opening Ceremonies

New York, NY (February 10, 2006) – Leading anime distributor Central Park Media Corporation (CPM), in cooperation with the government of Tokyo, Japan, is proud to announce CPM's assistance in promoting the Tokyo International Anime Fair New York events held in New York City this week.

CPM conducted a marketing campaign including over 100,000 email announcements sent to area anime and manga fans, in addition to providing tote bags for the event participants. As a gesture of appreciation, CPM Managing Director John O'Donnell was selected to represent the US anime industry at the opening ceremonies. He did so by helping the Vice Governor of Tokyo, Mr. Yasuo Sekiya and Japan's Deputy Consul-General to America, Mr. Hiroshi Sato, smash open the lid of a large sake barrel in a traditional ceremony known as "Kagami Biraki."

"We are proud to be able to help the government of Tokyo promote the Tokyo International Anime Fair," commented O'Donnell. "It is one of the most important trade shows for the anime and manga industries, and we are the only US company to be present at each of the Fair's Opening Ceremonies since its inception."

About Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF):
This year's Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) will be held March 23 to 26, 2006, at the Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. It is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, and features the leading companies, creators and programming for anime and manga products. For more information, please visit the TAF website at www.taf.metro.tokyo.jp/en.

About Central Park Media
Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990. The company currently manufactures and distributes three home entertainment lines, each offering anime product for a distinct and discriminating audience: U.S. Manga Corps, Central Park Media and Software Sculptors. With exclusive rights to hundreds of book, video and music products, the company has become a leader in integrated media, as well as a leading publisher of graphic novels under its CPM Press label. Central Park Media also carries a broad array of documentaries released under its CPM label, as well as live-action Japanese feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.

For high resolution, downloadable artwork and information, please visit CPM's electronic press kit at www.centralparkmedia.com/cpmdb/presskit.cfm .

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