ShoPro and Viz to Merge
Posted on February 26, 2005ShoPro Entertainment Inc. and Viz, LLC, two companies specializing in Japanese manga and animation content, are merging this spring to create a new entertainment company. ShoPro Entertainment, an affiliate of ShoPro Japan, a subsidiary of Shogakukan Inc., one of Japan's largest publishing companies, is a global licensor specializing in animation, entertainment production and consumer products for such properties as Inuyasha and MegaMan NT Warrior. Viz, a subsidiary of Shogakukan Inc. and Shueisha Inc., is a publisher of manga for English speaking audiences, including the bestselling graphic novel titles Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon Ball, Alice 19TH, Ranma 1/2, and Shonen Jump magazine. Viz is also a top producer of Japanese animation home video/DVD titles such as Pokeman, Inuyasha and Boys Over Flowers.