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Press Release: ADV Films Pacts with Shochiku for Multiple Acquisitions

by on November 2, 2006


ADV Acquires “Le Chevalier D’Eon” For North America, UK & Australia

Also North American Theatrical, Video & TV Rights to Shochiku’s

“Ghost Train” and “Synesthesia”

Houston, TX – November 2, 2006 – ADV Films, the number one
producer/distributor of Japanese animation outside of Japan, announced
today that it has closed a deal with Shochiku, Japan’s leading
entertainment conglomerate, to acquire the hit animated TV series Le
Chevalier D’Eon, as well as the acclaimed feature films Ghost Train and

Under terms of the deal, ADV has acquired North American theatrical,
video and TV rights to Ghost Train and Synesthesia as well as video, TV
and VOD rights to Le Chevalier D’Eon for North America, UK, Australia
and English speaking African territories. The North American release
plans have not been announced yet, but these titles are planned to be
released before summer 2007.

“ADV is honored to be partnering with Shochiku to bring their excellent
shows to North America,” said John Ledford, President and CEO of ADV
Films. “Le Chevalier is going to be a huge 2007 anime series for our
market, and we look forward to licensing more Shochiku product as the
new relationship burgeons.”

Masaki Koga, the head of Shochiku’s International Business Division,
commented, “We are very proud of the titles and hope that their success
in the U.S. and other territories mirrors their success in Japan. ADV
Films is one of the premier specialty distributors in North America and
the ideal distributor for these properties. We hope to establish a long
standing distribution partnership that begins with this initial deal.”

Shochiku’s high profile gothic mystery series Le Chevalier D’Eon is
directed by acclaimed director Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Get Backers, Rurouni
Kenshin) from an original story by Tow Ubukata (Fafner), who is also
credited as story supervisor.

The story is about D’Eon de Beaumont, a handsome intellect who actually
lived in the 18th century. D’Eon was known as a diplomat who traveled
around various countries under the French king’s command. But his most
peculiar trait was that he managed to pass himself off as a woman. The
core of the story is based on the mysterious hero and the historical

Truth has been erased in the darkness of history – A great epic that
exceeds imagination is finally revealed in all its intricate detail.

Shochiku’s electrifying and forbidden live-action film, Ghost Train,
based on the urban legend of the haunted train, has been an enormous
success in Asia.

Ghost Train takes audiences to a nightmare dimension where evil lurks
everyday life. The heroine is an 18-year-old high school girl, Nana,
looking after her younger sister Noriko, while their mother is at a
hospital. Nana’s world turns into a nightmare when Noriko suddenly
disappears. The only clue she has left was the commuters pass that she
had picked up on the train before disappearing, and the dark shadow
follows Noriko in the surveillance camera.

Synesthesia is a suspense thriller directed by Toru Matsuoka, starring
Yosuke Eguchi (Another Heaven), Masanobu Ando (Battle Royal, Monday)
Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka).

[synesthesia / synaesthesia] (sin’is-the’zhea) n. — A condition in
which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when
the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. When two
lonely souls who possess the same puzzle of mind meet each other, it
leads to events of unsolved mystery and serial murder.

About Shochiku

Founded in 1895, Shochiku functions as a highly-tuned vertically
integrated entertainment entity, encompassing feature film and
television production, theatrical distribution of Japanese & foreign
motion pictures, worldwide sales, exhibition, DVD and home video
distribution and the Kabuki Theater.

Shochiku operates one of the most successful motion picture divisions
Japan. The company has produced a number of critically and financially
successful films, including the 2004 Academy Award(tm) nominee for best
foreign language film “The Twilight Samurai,” directed by Yoji Yamada,
the first Japanese Academy Award nomination for a live-action film in
years. (http:https://www.shochikufilms.com )

About ADV Films:

In the 14 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1
producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) outside of Japan
and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. With
best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon,
Robotech, Full Metal Panic, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films’
extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe.
Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to bold new
anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker
and DNAngel. ADV Films’ library also includes popular live-action
science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company’s Farscape, the
nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and the Saturn
Award-nominated Mutant X. In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime
Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America’s
largest anime convention. The readers of Anime News Network designated
ADV Films “Overall Favorite Anime Company” in both 2004 and 2005.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of
complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television,
licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its
Anime Network(tm) “America’s #1 Anime Channel” reaches more than 40
million households and is the nation’s top video-on-demand (VOD)
offering as well as a 24/7 linear cable channel. The company has two
publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly
magazine, and ADV Manga(tm), dedicated to publishing graphic novels.
Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan.
For more information, visit www.advfilms.com

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