Japanese Mega Manga Merger Delivers VIZ Media

North-American based companies VIZ and ShoPro Entertainment announced the completion of their merger today to form VIZ Media. Based in San Francisco, the new entity will specialize in the production and licensing of animated content for TV and theatrical distribution, publishing, home video distribution, and consumer products.’Based in its new location just two blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, VIZ Media will leverage the unique collaboration, vision and ownership of three global outfits in Japanese manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc. and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. The new outfit will be owned 40% by Shogakukan Inc. and Shueisha Inc. respectively, and 20% by Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd.

“We are excited to continue expanding our business by developing entertainment content across all available mediums for people of all ages on a worldwide basis,” says Hidemi Fukuhara, pesident and CEO of VIZ Media. “Having the support and leveraging the combined assets of three of Japan’s largest and most respected content creators provides VIZ Media with a significant competitive advantage and will create unlimited new opportunities for our company.” ‘

For more info, visit www.VIZ.com.