FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEÃ‚â€¹FORT WORTH, TEXASÃ‚â€¹ Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. announced today that it will be utilizing Westlake Entertainment Inc. for home video distribution on its new acquisitions, including "Beet the Vandel Buster" and "AM Driver." The announcement comes on the heels of Westlake Entertainment's announcement of the company's repositioning in the marketplace to release first-run features, including theatrical and new title acquisitions in other key core categories. "Westlake is a strong strategic partner for Illumitoon and we look forward to a strong launch together," said Barry Watson, President/CEO of Illumitoon. "Westlake brings considerable home video experience including a high level of anime sales and marketing experience and shares our vision for the product." Tony Vandeveerdonk, VP of Sales for the new Westlake and formerly with Pioneer (now Geneon) and FUNimation states, "Illumitoon is bringing the anime category exciting new brands and content as well as a clear direction for repositioning the product in new and innovative ways. We feel the timing is perfect for Illumitoon's entrance into the anime marketplace. WeÃ‚Â¹re very excited to include them with our other premium content." The new Illumitoon releases are initially planned to street as early as January, 2007. "We're already in production, and are gearing up for a strong production pace," commented Watson. source: [url=http://www.activeanime.com/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3772&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0]ActiveAnime[/url]
[b]Yaoi-Con 2006 on October 20-22 [/b] San Francisco, CA, USA Ã‚â€” September 6, 2006 Ã‚â€” Yaoi-Con, the only Western fan convention dedicated solely to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, is pleased to announce its sixth annual event, to be held the weekend of October 20-22, 2006 at the Westin San Francisco Airport and adjacent Clarion San Francisco Airport hotels in California. Created primarily by women for a largely female audience, yaoi is unique in its exploration of deep platonic bonds and romantic relationships between male characters. The intense and highly idealized examples of love and romance commonly found in yaoi works are a major factor in the genre's soaring popularity outside Japan, including the United States. In its country of origin, many popular mainstream mangaka, or manga artists, had their start in the genre. Since its inception, Yaoi-Con has been committed to the promotion and celebration of this unique genre, inviting guests who represent the broad spectrum of art and stories available.