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Manga announces Canadian Distribution

    August 10, 2000

Toronto, August 10 - SMV, a division of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. announced today the formation of a long-term strategic alliance to market and distribute the complete catalogue from Palm Pictures and Manga Entertainment in both video and DVD formats.



This new alliance joins the leading producer of best-selling Japanese animation and specialty programming with SMV's own award-winning catalogue of home video and DVD titles creating a formidable entertainment force within Canada.



"This is an ideal partnership," says Therese Garnett, Director, SMV, "one that allows two leaders in their field to create a powerful force in the marketing and distribution of award-winning entertainment. By combining the strengths of both companies, this venture will further reinforce SMV's commitment to provide entertainment excellence to audiences across Canada."



"We are extremely excited to be distributed through Sony Music Video in Canada," says Marvin Gleicher, President of Home Entertainment for Palm Pictures and Manga Entertainment. "SMV and Palm Pictures/Manga's entertainment match perfectly."



Under the terms of the agreement, SMV will market and distribute Manga Entertainment's complete catalogue of Japanese animation along with newly produced programming from Palm Pictures for the home video and DVD markets.



"Many of these releases have been absent from the Canadian marketplace for some time," said Therese Garnett, Director SMV, "and we are excited to not only reintroduce these much sought-after titles, but also launch brand new releases over the years to come." (more . . .) The release strategy from SMV includes a full launch of Manga Entertainment's complete animé catalogue for this fall, along with brand new releases from both Manga and Palm Pictures available for the first time on home video and DVD. Scheduled new titles through fourth quarter 2000 include 'The Castle of Cagliostro,' 'Perfect Blue,' 'Rayearth Volume 1,' 'X,' plus for the first time on DVD 'Ghost in The Shell,' ' Ninja Scroll,' 'Choke,' 'Devil Man' and others.



The Manga catalogue includes the industry's most celebrated line of animé titles and features including 'Ghost In The Shell,' 'Ninja Scroll,' 'Perfect Blue,' 'Macross Plus,' 'Street Fighter II V,' 'General Chaos: Uncensored Animation,' 'The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb' among others. The Palm Pictures catalogue includes such notable programming as Sandra Bernhard - I'm Still Here...Damn It!' 'Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense,' 'Thicker Than Water,' 'The Fabulous Story of the Cuban Cigar' and more.



SMV (Sony Music Video) encompasses an award-winning collection of concert video footage, specialty programming and features in both video and DVD formats. SMV is a division of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc., the leading producer, manufacturer and marketer of recorded music, video and DVD in the world.



Manga Entertainment is a futuristic, cutting-edge theatrical, DVD and home video company that produces and releases the newest and highest quality Japanese animation, Japanese live-action, and international animation films. With offices in Chicago, London and Tokyo, Manga is the international and Japanese animation label within Palm Pictures, Chris Blackwell's audio/visual entertainment company and the largest distributor of Japanese animation in the world outside of Asia.



Palm Pictures, Chris Blackwell's audio/visual entertainment company, is actively involved in the acquisition, production and distribution of music and independent film projects, with a particular focus on the DVD format.

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