San Francisco, April 17, 2007 – 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, Booth # A012, with a variety of exciting properties for both North American and International markets. Held in Cannes, France, April 16 though April 20, MIPTV is the global content event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content across all platforms.
MIPTV provides the key decision-makers in the TV, film, digital and audiovisual content, production and distribution industry with the only market conference and networking forum to discover future trends and trade content rights on a global level.
VIZ Media will feature a rich selection of properties including several that presently air on Cartoon Network in the U.S., YTV in Canada and other International broadcasters. Brands being showcased at MIPTV 2007 include: BLEACH, 52 episodes x 30 minutes BLEACH, by creator Tite Kubo, is an animated, hyperkinetic, all-purpose, ghost-busting action series targeted to teens. BLEACH is the story of an average 15 year-old, Ichigo Kurosaki, who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When a Hollow attacks his family – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he is dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. A dedicated website is forthcoming at bleach.viz.com.
MEGAMAN STAR FORCE - 13 episodes, 20 minutes each In the year 220X, a new technology has been developed to enable contact with extraterrestrial life forms. A mysterious accident occurs during the first communication attempt and Geo Stelar’s father, an astronomical scientist, disappears. After the accident, Geo is determined to follow his father’s footsteps and unravel the secrets surrounding the disappearance. Geo finds his father’s visualizer, which allows him to see invisible electromagnetic waves, and soon after witnesses a fight between two sporadic waves, one of which unexpectedly rushes toward him! Geo learns that what he’s seen isn’t an electromagnetic wave, but an extraterrestrial life form - Omega-Xis, and FM-ian who has escaped his home Planet FM with the mysterious Andromeda Key. Other FM-ians are determined to destroy Planet Earth and release FM viruses to succeed in their cause. When Geo and Omega-Xis merge by exchanging electromagnetic waves, they become Mega Man - the only one who can protect humankind and save the planet!