Itochu Corp. Invests in Comic Book Movies, LLC.

ITOCHU Corporation Becomes Strategic Investment Partner in Comic Book Movies, LLC (September 8, 2006)
~One of the Largest Asian Trading Company moves into Hollywood~

Itochu Corporation now holds a 10% share of Comic Book Movies, LLC(CBM) and becomes CBM's merchandise partner in Japan. The investment is a dramatic step for Itochu into the world of film, television and digital media, and is expected to bring significant long-term growth opportunities to both companies. CBM, a new franchise-building entertainment company based in Hollywood established by veteran film producer Mr.Michael Uslan and partner Mr.M. Jonathan Roberts welcomes the Itochu Corporation as its strategic investment partner.

CBM was formed to build multi-media entertainment franchises based on classic American and international comic book and graphic novel properties as well as important Japanese Manga and Anime properties. Uslan is well known in the film and comic book industries as executive producer of the "Batman" franchise films, among others. Roberts made his mark in Hollywood over the last decade developing financing for a variety of films.

CBM will have direct access to the Asian markets both creatively and financially. With Itochu as our licensing and merchandise partner in Japan, CBM will emerge as the premier independent company.

Mr. Uslan's outstanding career in Hollywood spans nearly thirty years. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer ("Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?") who recently donated over 38,000 comic books from his private collection to Indiana University's prestigious Lilly Library. Under the leadership of Mr. Uslan and Mr. Roberts, CBM will produce movies with A-list and cutting edge directors, screenwriters and acting talent.

Itochu Corporation strengthens the business of life-consumer industry in areas such as broadcasting communication, brand business and FamilyMart (Japanese convenience store). Itochu has a relationship with more than 100 companies whereby Itochu licenses and promotes entertainment content. As CBM's merchandising partner in Japan, Itochu will work together with CBM in the license business and joint promotion of CBM movies. Itochu will also help in the world-wide promotion of CBM movies based on original Japanese content such as the works of Mr. Shotato Ishimori.

A recent agreement between Ishimori Entertainment Inc., Comic Book Movies, LLC, Itochu Corporation, and Lotus Inc, CBM's exclusive agent in Japan, provided a partnership to jointly develop motion picture franchises based on the original properties of the late Shotaro Ishinomori. Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-1998), often referred to as “The Walt Disney of Japan,” is one of the most famous Manga authors of all time, distinguished by his creations of more than 500 Manga characters.
Films, video and animation derived from graphic novels and comics, have generated, near $25 billion-dollars in business at the box office, on DVDs, videogames, toys and other merchandising.

Founded in 2005, Comic Book Movies, LLC is dedicated to building entertainment franchises from intellectual properties and the rich and diverse world of American and international comics and manga.

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