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VIZ MEDIA SIGNS NEW BROADCAST DEALS FOR ZATCH BELL! AND NARUTO IN LATIN AMERICA

San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2006 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has closed deals with three of the largest terrestrial television companies in Latin America for two animated series from Japan: NARUTO and ZATCH BELL!. America TV (Peru) has acquired 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO ; TV Globo (Brazil) has acquired 52 episodes of ZATCH BELL! and Televideo Services picked up 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO for Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Honduras.

NARUTO, a ratings sensation on Cartoon Network in the U.S. since its debut in September 2005, is targeted at kids ages 9-14. Action-packed and filled with suspense and humor, the show features Uzumaki Naruto — a mischievous misfit struggling to develop his ninja skills, and with a little help from his friends, he just might become head ninja one day.

ZATCH BELL! is an action adventure series where kids 6-11 witness the ultimate battle of 100 mamodo! Teamed up with human partners and mysterious spell books, Zatch and his mamodo friends unleash their magic spells to try to become king of the mamodo world.

"We are excited to be partnering with some of the strongest broadcasters, in Latin America to air these popular series," said Daniel Marks, Senior Vice President, International, VIZ Media. "These territories are critical as we continue to expand the audience in Latin America for NARUTO and ZATCH BELL!."

TV Globo is the leader in broadcasting information, education and entertainment to 99,7% of the Brazilian territory. A worldwide-recognized name, TV Globo inspires itself in Brazil and in the Brazilian people. More than 90% of its programming is in-house production. Every year, TV Globo produces the equivalent of two thousand feature films in novelas, miniseries, shows and comedy programs. These shows are ratings leaders in Brazil and acclaimed in more than 130 countries.

America TV is the number one broadcaster in Peruvian television. It receives double the audience share of its nearest competitor and holds the largest approval ratings among children's audience with its program block entitled "DE LA RE."

Televideo Services, based in Miami, Florida, is a holding group that holds interests in 34+ TV Stations throughout Latin America. The list of major stations includes three in Costa Rica, two in Southern Mexico, two in Nicaragua, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Chile, among others.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.


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