Anime Network Programming Director Chats Online

Chris Nelson, director of programming for Anime Network, will be the featured guest tonight, Aug. 11, as Anime News Network re-launches its chat feature. Visitors to www.animenewsnetwork.com/chat.php will be able to pose questions to Nelson from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (ET). ‘

During the chat, Nelson will discuss the network’s look and feel, new programming blocks, fan-friendly promotions and the challenges of starting a cable network. He will also offer a glimpse at programming plans, including exclusive details about original programming. ‘

Chat participants will also have exclusive access to some of the network’s new on-air promotions spots through QuickTime files. ‘Additional chat details, including instructions for accessing the event via World IRC’s webchat page, can be found on the Anime News Network chat page, www.animenewsnetwork.com/chat.php, or via Anime Network’s home page, www.theanimenetwork.com.

Anime Network, North America’s first cable entity devoted entirely to Japanese-style animation, recently became the first cable channel to move from a strictly video-on-demand (VOD) format to a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week national network.