MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 2, 2012--
Pacific Animation Partners, LLC announced today that the Monsuno™
boys action original animated television series is set to premiere
on TV TOKYO in Japan in October 2012. TV TOKYO is one of the major Tokyo
television stations and specializes in anime programming.
“Securing placement on TV TOKYO fulfills the vision for global TV and
toy distribution that JAKKS shared with its partners at the outset of
the Monsuno program,” said Jeremy Padawer, Executive Vice
President, Marketing & Business Development, JAKKS Pacific. “The
meaningful digital and terrestrial placement in over 60 countries,
paired with best-in-class toy distribution deals in over 40
international markets, has set the stage for achieving true worldwide
success for the Monsuno franchise.”
“Dentsu is very excited to announce the launch of Monsuno on
TV TOKYO this fall,” said Yuma Sakata, President, Dentsu Entertainment
USA, Inc. “Having a USA developed series air on one of the top
destinations for animation programming is a great accomplishment and a
testament to the global appeal of Monsuno.”
Targeting 6-11 year old boys, Monsuno (52x30’) is an
animated action-adventure series where kids discover, command and battle
creatures with destructive potential. A race to harness the power of
Monsuno ensues between a group of heroic kids and the evil forces
focused on destroying the planet. Monsuno will roll out in over 60
countries on Nickelodeon and free-to-air channels this Fall.
The Monsuno™ series is co-produced by Pacific
Animation Partners LLC, a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and
Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc., with FremantleMedia Enterprises and The
Topps Company, Inc. JAKKS Pacific is the creator of the underlying Monsuno
property and master toymaker for the Monsuno toy
line, featuring innovative, kid-controlled action figures, accessories,
playsets, collectables, electronics and integrated role play. The Topps
Company produces Monsuno trading card games,
confectioneries and related products.
ABOUT JAKKS PACIFIC, INC.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of
toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature
popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio
includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play,
Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits,
Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On
Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, and Pet Toys sold
under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Creative
Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It
In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!™, Tollytots®, Disguise® and Moose
Mountain®. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred
nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®,
Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco®,
Cabbage Patch Kids® and Pokémon®. JAKKS’ Monsuno™ toy line is
based on the new Monsuno™ animated television series. www.jakks.com
ABOUT DENTSU ENTERTAINMENT USA, INC.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. was
formed in April 2010 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentsu Inc. (Tokyo
Stock Exchange, Code 4324), the world's largest advertising agency brand
and a leading producer of Japanese animation, with over 18,000 full-time
employees and close to 100 offices worldwide. Dentsu Entertainment USA
develops original animation programming and media content for markets
worldwide, and manages licensing programs for existing and new
properties. Current projects include Chub City®, a toy based property
featuring street-savvy characters and vehicles, currently in development
as an animated series, Deltora Quest®, a 52-episode animated series
based on the international top-selling fantasy-adventure book series of
the same name already airing in multiple markets worldwide, and
Mameshiba™, a collection of animated shorts and character licensing
program with over $100 million in product sales since 2008.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES &
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of
entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL
Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is
in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major
media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production
arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time
entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes.
FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia,
offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home
Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes
FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia
Australia and Original Productions amongst others) has operations in 22
countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating
nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60
formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some
of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its
catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced
with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent
(co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced
with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right,
Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.
ABOUT THE TOPPS COMPANY, INC.
Founded in 1938, Topps (www.topps.com
) is a leading creator and marketer of sports and entertainment cards,
related collectibles, and popular confectionery brands. Topps products
include Major League Baseball, NFL, WWE, UFC, Star Wars, Club Penguin,
and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible
games. The Company’s confectionery portfolio includes “Bazooka” bubble
gum, “Ring Pop”, “Push Pop”, “Baby Bottle Pop” and “Juicy Drop Pop”
lollipops. Topps was acquired in October 2007 by Madison Dearborn
Partners, a private equity group, and Michael Eisner, former CEO of
Disney. Headquartered in New York City, Topps also maintains offices in
Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and Argentina.
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" that are
based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS
Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management.
These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve
risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.
Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what
is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors,
including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand
for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and
deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and
difficulties with integrating acquired businesses.
Additional risks that may affect the Company's future performance are
detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements contained
herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS
undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or
circumstances after the date of this release.
Source: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Anne-Marie Feliciano, (310) 455-6245