Funimation® Entertainment Joins Joost™

Oct 9th 2008
Nearly 200 Hours of Free, Legal Anime to be Available Through
Online Video Community



FLOWER MOUND, TX – OCTOBER 9, 2008 – FUNimation Entertainment has partnered with JoostTM (www.joost.com) to bring its catalog of full-length, legal anime video content to the online social video service.

Starting in November, FUNimation Entertainment will launch its video channel on Joost with a sampling of shows from its wide-ranging library of anime, including:

Basilisk
Black Blood Brothers (also available in the original Japanese with English subtitles)
Blue Gender
Galaxy Railways
Kiddy Grade
MoonPhase (also available in the original Japanese with English subtitles)
Mr. Stain
Mushi-Shi
Peach Girl
Rumbling Hearts (also available in the original Japanese with English subtitles)
School Rumble
Slayers
Suzuka
xxxHOLiC

More programming will be added monthly and will be available for free, in-browser viewing to Joost.com users in North America.

In addition to viewing these popular series, fans will also have the opportunity to interact with each other and form communities around FUNimation content. Using the social features of Joost, they can share favorite episodes, form groups around their favorite shows or character, or express their thoughts about a particular show or moment through comments and “shouts.”

“Joost recognizes that there exists a varied entertainment landscape and a thirst for unique content,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO at FUNimation Entertainment. “Partnering with them offers us the opportunity to provide the content fans are already looking for, legally, while also reaching new audiences.”
Fukunaga adds, “We understand that entertainment fans across the board want web-based free on-demand programming. In the anime industry, FUNimation is leading that charge with our online syndication strategy based on strong relationships with partners such as Joost.”
Danny Passman, global head of programming for Joost, said, “Joost knows what anime fans want – they want to be able to watch their favorite shows online in their entirety, and they want an easy way to talk about their favorite moments, shows or characters with other fans. Adding the full-length, dubbed and subtitled fan-favorite shows from FUNimation to Joost gets us even closer to our goal of being the online destination for premium legal anime.”


About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.


About Joost
Founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, Joost brings video and social interaction together online. All of the video on Joost is professionally produced and streams on-demand to people around the world for free in a high-quality format. Today, Joost has more than 40,000 program elements, including more than 400 television series and 1,200 movie and short film titles. For more information, visit www.joost.com.

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