Shout! Factory and Anime Limited Announce Entertainment Distribution Deal for Thriller Anime Series B: The Beginning

Los Angeles, U.S., and Glasgow, Scotland – June 8, 2020 - Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Anime Limited, the esteemed UK distributor of animation, have announced a North American home entertainment distribution deal for the popular action suspense anime series, B: The Beginning. This gripping, character-driven mystery thriller was created by Kazuto Nakazawa (Parasite Dolls) and the renowned studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass), and was directed by Nakazawa. The series music is composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Blood: The Last Empire, Tiger & Bunny), with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Shout! Factory plans to bring the thrilling first season of B: The Beginning to the home entertainment marketplace later this year, with plans for a Blu-ray™ and an EST release on select digital platforms. The announcement was made today by Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory, and Andrew Partridge, Founder, and CEO of Anime Limited.

Known for their beautiful collector's editions and for bringing some of Japan's best anime to the rest of the world, the distribution partnership between Anime Limited and Shout! Factory supports Shout's quest to identify and expand the potential of filmed entertainment across all retailers and digital platforms.

“We're thrilled to be embarking on this new relationship with Anime Limited,” said Boag. “They're well-known for their expert, high quality releases and forward-looking business strategy, and we're excited to partner with them.”

“We're excited to be collaborating with Shout! Factory to bring our ultimate edition of B: The Beginning to US audiences. Working with Shout! Factory provides access to their experience and expertise in the US, while developing the Anime Limited collector's edition in a brand new market. Shout! Factory is the ideal company to set out on this new venture with and we're looking forward to seeing what we can do together” - Andrew Partridge, Founder and CEO of Anime Limited

The deal was negotiated for Shout! Factory by Jordan Fields, Shout's Vice President of Acquisitions, and for Anime Limited by Andrew Partridge, Founder and CEO of Anime Limited.

About Anime Limited

Based out of Glasgow, Scotland Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company the emphasis is both breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector's editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving, and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network that delivers culturally relevant programming, movie, and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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