New Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Series Debuts at Germany's YEP! on ProSieben MAXX
March 13, 2015, New York – 4K Media, the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary dedicated to the management, licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, today announced the latest installment of the franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, will air at YEP!, appealing to young male viewers with its action and animation programming, on the ProSieben MAXX platform in Germany and German speaking Austria and Switzerland beginning in March 2015, on Fridays at 4 p.m.
The announcement was made by Kristen Gray, SVP of Operations and Business & Legal Affairs, 4K Media, and Karola Bayr, CEO YEP!
“We are very excited to continue Yu-Gi-Oh!'s successful relationship with YEP!, which has been airing installments of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise of animated series daily since Fall 2013,” said Gray. “YEP!'s focus on action and animation programming really appeals to boys and makes it the ideal home for Yu-Gi-Oh! in Germany. We're so happy that what started with the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX series and has expanded to include Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, is now debuting Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Thus, this further demonstrates the franchise's ability to attract and hold the attention of boys in the 6 to 13 age group for YEP!”
“The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is very popular with our young male viewers and continues to deliver this elusive demographic group consistently across the week,” added YEP! CEO, Karola Bayr. “Each installment of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise refreshes with new storylines and the introduction of new characters and situations while retaining the action and adventure that fans of the series demand. We are thrilled with the results we've had with the franchise and are very excited to introduce this latest installment in March.”
In Season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuya Sakaki's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps and become the greatest “duel-tainer” in history. Thinking he just might pull it off, he suddenly discovers Pendulum Summoning, a never-before-seen technique that lets him summon many monsters at once. But when countless rivals emerge to steal his spotlight, Yuya needs to step-up his game as dueling evolves into a non-stop world of action. In the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, monsters literally come to life with advancements in holographic technology. Duelists no longer stand by and let their monsters battle for them on the playing field - they now ride their monsters as they race through real locations to take down their opponents with their Action Cards!
YEP! TV Betriebs GmbH & Co KG, in Ismaning near Munich, was formed as a joint venture of Mainstream Media AG (48%, of this: 4% Tim Werner), m4e AG (48%) and Andreas Bartl (4%), former member of the Managing Board ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. The YEP! Managing Director Karola Bayr has run the company since October 2012. The core business of Mainstream Media AG is the area of broadcast with the subscription channels GoldStar TV, Heimatkanal and Romance TV. m4e AG is an international brand management and media company for children's and family entertainment. m4e is a leading company in the development, production, distribution and marketing sectors of animation and live-action programs.
YEP! entered into a long-term, strategic cooperation for a branded block on ProSieben MAXX, the new free-TV channel that launched on September 3, 2013.
On September 4, 2013, ProSieben MAXX began airing the YEP! branded block in its daytime slots, which consisted of established premium titles and free-TV premieres for a young, mainly male target group between 6 and 13. YEP! on ProSieben MAXX can be received in more than 85 percent of all German households
About ProSieben MAXX:
The free TV channel is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Group and broadcasts on cable, satellite, DVB-T and IPTV to 85 percent of the German households. Further information available on ProSiebenMAXX.de/empfang. ProSieben MAXX offers high quality programmes with renown series, blockbuster movies, documentations and self-produced magazines mainly for a target group of men 14 to 39 years.
About 4K Media
4K Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., manages the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. 4K Media handles brand management, licensing and marketing of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as the production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with over 650 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! ,Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the new series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. The series have been translated and broadcast in 65 countries on leading networks. The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at www.yugioh.com.