VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the acquisition of the forthcoming CAPTAIN TSUBASA. VIZ Media has secured the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandise rights from Shueisha Inc. The series is set to premiere in Japan this April on TV Tokyo.
In addition, VIZ Media is partnering with Televix Entertainment to present CAPTAIN TSUBASA to Latin American buyers at the upcoming NATPE market (Miami, FL, January 16-18). Televix represents all broadcast and digital licensing rights in Latin American territories and will be taking meetings at the Fontainebleau Hotel Tresor Tower Suite 1708.
“We are thrilled to be handling one of the most iconic franchises to come out of Japan,” says Hugo Rose, CEO of Televix Entertainment. “We expect audiences will be eager to enter the world of Tsubasa.”
“CAPTAIN TSUBASA adds a new dimension to VIZ Media’s anime catalog, and we know audiences will enjoy its mix of character drama and intense on-the-field action,” says Brad Woods, CMO of VIZ Media. “We look forward to working with Televix to develop CAPTAIN TSUBASA for Latin American markets, and to scores of new fans and soccer lovers discovering this exciting anime series.”
The new anime recounts the events of the original manga of the same name by Yoichi Takahashi, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988. The manga triggered a huge soccer boom in Japan and inspired three previous television anime series, four anime films, mobile and console video games, and even a stage play. Centered on a young soccer prodigy named Tsubasa Oozora, the new series is from David Production (JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE), with Toshiyuki Kato (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable, Level E) directing. Each episode is characterized by dynamic and stylish soccer moves, while the characters are fleshed out through Tsubasa’s friendships and rivalries as he trains and competes.
About Televix Entertainment
Beverly Hills based Televix Entertainment was established in 1990. Its main business is the distribution of animation, anime, family entertainment, documentaries, and feature films domestically and in the international market. Televix has offices and representatives in San Juan, Sao Paulo, Bogota, and Santiago. Televix licenses properties to broadcasters, DVD distributors, merchandising licensees, and mobile operators in Latin America, and is a qualified aggregator with all of the major digital platforms in the region.
Televix is partnered with Aronnax Animation Studios. Based in Lima, Peru, Aronnax is the leading animation studio in the region and has a dedicated infrastructure for 3D computer animation and cutting-edge special effects.
Learn more about Televix Entertainment at www.televix.com
About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.
Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.