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Geneon Takes over Bandai Distribution

5 Mar, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Anime creator Bandai Visual USA and longtime genre distributor Geneon Entertainment March 5 announced an exclusive North American DVD distribution deal.

Financial terms of the two-year deal, which began March 1, were not disclosed.

The first titles to be distributed under the agreement include multiple volumes of “Gunbuster 2,” “Demon Prince Enma,” “The Wings of Rean,” “Freedom” and “Galaxy Angel Rune.”

Launch dates and retail price points of these titles were not disclosed.

“Bandai Visual is one of the pre-eminent producers of anime in the world, and is well respected among anime fans and retailers alike,” said Eiji Orii, president and CEO of Geneon. “All of us at Geneon are very pleased to be working with Bandai to bring their anime titles to retail shelves across North America.”

Founded in 1983, Bandai's catalog includes ground-breaking Japanese anime films, including "The Wings of Honneamise," "Akira," "Ghost in the Shell," "Jin-Roh," "Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis," "Cowboy Bepop: The Movie and Steamboy."

The company's portfolio also includes acclaimed live-action features Hana-Bi (1997), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (2003) and Nobody Knows (2004).

Image Entertainment previously distributed Bandai titles.

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