Date: 2004 October 19 16:23
Posted by Joe
Press release as follows:
CARTOON NETWORK LOOKS TO ADV FILMS ACQUIRING ‘THE SUPER MILK-CHAN SHOW' FOR THE NETWORK'S ‘ADULT SWIM' BLOCK IN NOVEMBER 2004
HOUSTON, October 18, 2004 – Looking for exciting new programming to augment its successful late-night "Adult Swim" animation programming block, Cartoon Network has acquired "The Super Milk-Chan Show," an irreverent, politically-incorrect anime series from ADV Films, which it will begin airing in November 2004.
Mixing live-action with animation, this whacked-out series centers on the adventures of Milk, a selfish, foul-mouthed female superhero with no real superpowers. Far from the typical A-list superhero, Milk is assisted by an obsolete, abused robot and a slug that drinks too much. She also has a mechanical dog with a bad habit of relieving itself at inopportune moments. Produced by Studio Pierrot (GTO and Saiyuki), "The Super Milk-Chan Show" is currently available on DVD from ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of Japanese animation in the U.S.
"We're excited by the opportunity to showcase ‘The Super Milk-Chan Show' in Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The network, and especially Adult Swim, is an ideal destination for the series and will introduce this incredibly off-beat series to a whole new audience," says John Ledford, founder and CEO of ADV Films.
"Adult Swim" is Cartoon Network's highly rated block of animation for adults, airing Sunday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET/PT). Adult Swim is #1 in its time period on all of ad-supported basic cable with adults 18-24 and adults 18-34. Adult Swim features original comedies including "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Sealab 2021" and "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law;" popular favorites like "Family Guy" and "Futurama;" and dynamic action-adventure shows like "Cowboy Bebop" and "Inuyasha."
Cartoon Network, currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
About ADV Films
In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.
Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys™, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.