Discovery's K2 to Air Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in Italy
The Latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise Installment Strengthens the Partnership with Cattleya S.r.l.
April 23, 2015, New York – 4K Media Inc., the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary which manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, announced that K2, the Italian kids' channel owned by Discovery Italy, has licensed from Cattleya S.r.l. season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the latest installment in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
“Working with Cattleya's Giovanni Stabilini, we've expanded our relationship with Italy's K2 children's channel through a broadcast agreement that will bring all 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V to free TV in Italy and the Italian speaking areas of Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Austria and Vatican City beginning in late spring or early summer 2015,” announced Kristen Gray, SVP Operations, Business and Legal Affairs for 4K Media Inc. “We've enjoyed working with K2 on the previously licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and look forward to K2 bringing this exciting extension of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise to viewers throughout Italy.”
“Cattleya is known for recognizing popular programming trends in the international marketplace and introducing them to our broadcasting friends in Italy,” added Stabilini. “We already happily cooperated with K2 and 4K Media on Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, and we are happy to keep on working with them on such a successful brand for many years to come.”
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 gear -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!
The launch of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V continues the brand's association with K2, as the channel has aired seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.
About K2 and Discovery Italia
K2 is the Discovery Italia's free-to-air channel targeting kids 4-14 filled with action, adventure and pure entertainment. Discovery Italia is present in Italy since 1997. Today, Discovery Italia is the third largest broadcaster per audience share and its portfolio includes 14 channels distributed on different platforms: Free-to-Air DTT (Real Time, DMAX, Giallo, Focus, K2, Frisbee e Deejay TV), SKY (Discovery Channel/+1 e in HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel&Living, Animal Planet, Real Time/+1 e in HD, DMAX/+1, Giallo, Focus, K2, Frisbee, Eurosport ed Eurosport 2), Mediaset Premium (Discovery World, Eurosport ed Eurosport 2) and TivùSat (Real Time, DMAX).
About Cattleya S.r.L.
Founded by veteran producer Riccardo Tozzi in 1997, and expanded in 1999 with the arrival of new partners Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz, both noted film and television executives, Cattleya quickly established itself as Italy's leading independent production company, and has produced over 50 feature films, television series and miniseries. The company also represents international film and television productions in Italy. To date, Cattleya has been nominated for and won numerous awards including more than 40 David di Donatellos (Italy's equivalent of the Oscar) and a number of BAFTAs, Césars, Goyas and European Film Awards. The company has also been home to two official Italian entries for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and received an Academy Award nomination.
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