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Company Profile: Geneon

Website: http://www.geneonanimation.com/

What The Company Says About Themselves

Geneon Animation

Recognizing the potential of Japanese animation in the U.S. marketplace, Geneon/Pioneer Entertainment began licensing and distributing a variety of popular Japanese programming including Tenchi Muyo!, Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z and Armitage, among others, to introduce anime programming to the American home viewing audience. During the company's tenure management, the launch and distribution of the Pokemon franchise became a phenomenon in itself with sales exceeding 25 million units. The success of the series served as a testament to the foresight of the company and its licensing partners. Geneon Entertainment is a leading supplier of Japanese animation in the U.S., boasting an impressive library of titles that have been seen on large and small screens throughout North America.

Geneon Entertainment distributes many popular television series on home video including Heat Guy J, currently airing on the MTV networks, Last Exile, currently airing on TechTV, as well as Beyblade on ABC and Lupin The Third on Cartoon Network. Other TV-based properties include Cardcaptor Sakura, Mao-Chan, X, Sailor Moon and Someday's Dreamers.

On the theatrical front, Geneon Entertainment is credited with releasing a fully re-mastered version of the cult anime classic Akira in select digital and art house theaters throughout North America, as well as limited theatrical releases of Patlabor WXIII, Sakura Wars: The Movie and the live-action film Onmyoji, one of Japan's top grossing films.

The company licenses titles created by some of Japan's most popular and prestigious filmmakers including: GONZO (Last Exile, Vandread, Gate Keepers), Hayao Miyazaki (Panda! Go Panda! and Sherlock Hound), CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, X, Chobits), Madhouse (Trigun, X, Patlabor WXIII) and GAINAX (Mahoromatic).

Geneon/Joint Productions/New Business Development

Teaming with many of Japan's top production companies, Geneon Entertainment serves as a creative partner in developing several anime favorites including Armitage Dual Matrix, Hellsing, Strawberry Eggs, SoulTaker and Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden. At the same time, the company licenses out its popular anime brands in several categories including action figures, apparel and posters to top licensees.

As anime takes hold in North America, Geneon Entertainment expands its reach into Europe, developing and negotiating television and film distributions with several broadcasters in Western Europe.

Geneon/Pioneer Music

Catering to music fans and aficionados, Geneon Entertainment offers classic live performances by musical legends in the pop, rock, jazz, opera and country genres. From collaborations to single artists' performances, Geneon/Pioneer Entertainment has tremendous success in this category with top-selling releases including the definitive rockumentary on The Who, The Kids Are Alright, recently released as a two-disc deluxe edition and Paul Simon: Live At The Tower Theatre.

Geneon has also launched a line of anime soundtracks, the most comprehensive selection of anime music available in North America. With nearly two dozen soundtracks currently in the marketplace, title highlights include Utena, Lain, Neon Genesis Evangelion, .hack, Chobits, Hellsing, Mahoromatic and the ever-popular X TV series.

In addition, both USA Today and TV Guide selected the widely acclaimed Judy Garland DVD box set as a must-have DVD for any collection. The Geneon/Pioneer Classics collection offers some of the biggest names in the classical music and opera worlds. Classic operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City include live performances by Luciano Pavorotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Jessye Norman. Geneon/Pioneer is also launching a line of New Age music starting with Beginnings, Progress and Gemini featuring acclaimed Japanese musicians, such as popular composer Norihiro Tsuru and acclaimed artist Yoshitaka Amano.

Geneon Music artists featured on the label include Ringo Starr, Miles Davis and Ray Charles, among others. Geneon/Pioneer Music also attracts some of the industries most respected charity organizations by donating proceeds from the release of benefit concerts sold on DVD. The label has partnered with Farm Aid and The Robin Hood Foundation to help raise funds for the September 11 Relief Effort and America's Family Farmers with the release of Come Together - A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music and Farm Aid - Concert for America.

Geneon Special Interest

Meeting the demands of the considerable fan base for a wide array of special interest programming, Geneon Entertainment offers an eclectic range of titles under the Special Interest label. Among these offerings are Extreme Championship Wrestling, footage of the Blue Angels aerial acrobatics, Travel the World by Train (in both English and Japanese) and Altius, The First World Air Games featuring extreme air sports.

GENEON ENTERTAINMENT (USA) INC. (www.Geneon-Ent.com) is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment software including film, music, animation and television shows on VHS, DVD and CD. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Geneon Entertainment's parent company is Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu, Inc.

Dentsu Inc., founded in 1901, is the largest advertising agency brand and the fifth largest marketing and communications organization in the world. Based in Tokyo, Dentsu offers national, multinational and global clients the most comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services through its unique "Total Communications Services" approach. Dentsu has pioneered and set global standards for integrated communications, which in latter years have been adopted by a number of major international networks. The group has more than 6,000 clients and 14,447 full-time employees in both Japan and in its offices overseas. Consolidated billings (net sales) for fiscal term 02/03 were recorded at 1,692.9 billion. Dentsu is publicly quoted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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