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Deals Bring "Death Note," "Bleach" to European Markets

by on April 14, 2008
Bleach and Death Note have been picked up for distribution in Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom under a set of broadcast and DVD deals, VIZ Media announced today. Panini UK’s The Licensing Machine subsidiary has acquired TV and home video rights to Bleach in Italy and Germany; the company has also purchased TV, home […]

PR: "Death Note" Live-Action Feature Film Is Coming Two Days Only

by on April 14, 2008
Special Two-Night Event Will be Shown in Select Theatres Nationwide San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2008 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it will team with NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, to present a special two-night multi-city debut at […]

PR: VIZ Media Presents Exciting New Japanese Animated Series at 2008 MIPTV

by on April 14, 2008
CANNES, FRANCE, April 8, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, arrives at MIPTV this year with a variety of exciting new animated series available for the territories of North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania. . […]

PR: VIZ Media and Manga Entertainment Announce Exclusive DVD Deal for UK and Ireland

by on April 14, 2008
Cannes, FRANCE, April 7, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies and Manga Entertainment Ltd., a division of Starz Media, LLC an entertainment company specializing in the marketing and distribution of Japanese animation, announce an exclusive DVD distribution deal for the […]

PR: Viz Media/The Licensing Machine bring Bleach/Death Note Animated to Italy/Germany

by on April 14, 2008
Paris, FRANCE, April 8, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies and The Licensing Machine, a new division of Panini UK, engaged in TV, Home Video, Promotional, Merchandise, Marketing and Licensing Services announce the launch of the long awaited hit animated […]

New "Speed Racer" Toon Premiering on May 2

by on April 14, 2008
Speed Racer: The Next Generation will premiere on Nicktoons Network on Friday, May 2, at 7:00pm (ET), the network said today. The ninety-minute premiere will revolve around Speed, an orphan who discovers he is the son of Speed Racer after he arrives at the Racing Academy. He then uses his father’s schematics to build a […]

Pixar Gives Magazine Sneak Peek at "Wall*E"

by on April 14, 2008
Pixar recently screened the first 35 minutes of Wall*E for AWN’s Bill Desowitz, who reports on it here. Sample description: We begin in space, of course. Beautiful images of stars, a nebula and other iconic celestial shots as we hurl rapidly toward Earth. But wait: What’s that song about being “Out There”? “Put on Your […]

2008 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2008
The nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards have been announced, recognizing a variety of comic book publishers and materials. Of interest to animation fans are the following nominees: Best Continuing Series: The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke (DC) Best Publication For Kids: Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, edited by Jeremy Barlow (Dark Horse) Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic […]

Internet "Hellboy Animated" Shorts May Tie to New Movie

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2008
On the Hellboy Animated weblog, producer Tad Stones noted that “there is some talk of doing very short [animated] projects for the internet.” However, Stones states that there is no work being done on a third direct-to-video movie. The live-action Hellboy II: The Golden Army will be released in July 2008. (via Comic Book Resources […]

"Alvin" Tops DVD Sales Charts

by on April 14, 2008
Alvin and the Chimpunks topped DVD sales charts by moving 3.2 million units in its debut week, according to data compiled by TheNumbers.com. More than 2.6 million of those units sold on the first day, which set a one-day record for the year. Lower down on the charts, Enchanted shipped 245,000 units and Bee Movie […]