|Type||Subsidiary of Starz Media, LLC
(Starz Inc., 75%; The Weinstein Company, 25%)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Key people||Andy Frain, Chris Blackwell, Marvin Gleicher, Laurence Guinness, Mike Preece|
|Products||Anime theatrical and direct marketing and production, see list of titles|
Manga Entertainment is a producer, licensor and distributor of Japanese animation in the United States and United Kingdom. It also co-produces several anime series, including Ghost in the Shell, Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance and Eon Kid, usually through financial contributions toward production costs. It was established in 1991 by Andy Frain, who was the Managing Director of Island World Communications; a subsidiary at the time of Chris Blackwell and John Heyman's Island World Group. It is a subsidiary of Starz Media, a subsidiary and joint venture of venture capital firm Liberty Media and independent film distributor The Weinstein Company. It has also played a part in dubbing anime, when it is not sub-licensing a production that has already been licensed by another company (e.g., Akira, licensed and redubbed by Geneon in 2001, Bounty Dog, and Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis).
They have licensing and distribution deals with Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Viz Media and Zodiak Media in the UK, however unlike previous licensing agreements they do not bring titles from Funimation, Sentai, and Viz to Australia under their brand as Manga's Australian distributor, Madman Entertainment has the licenses from these companies.
Manga Entertainment, especially Manga UK has had a special relationship with Madman Entertainment since Madman's founding in 1996. Manga is credited by many as the major force behind turning Anime into mainstream entertainment in Australia during the 1990s and early 2000s. Manga's latest DVD & Blu-ray masters are encoded and provided by Madman Entertainment because of Madman's extremely large and modern DVD & Blu-ray authoring division.
Manga Entertainment UK
In January 2007, the company's United Kingdom division began releasing a fortnightly magazine aimed at promoting both the company itself through the use of some of its more revered titles. Issue one, for example, used Ghost in the Shell. The magazine has at least 101 issues.
US broadcast on Xbox TV
It was announced early in October 2011 that Microsoft formed partnerships with over 50 content providers worldwide, including Manga Entertainment. This feature was to be available at no extra cost to US subscribers after the new Xbox dashboard update due sometime December 2011.
- "About Us." Manga Entertainment. Retrieved on February 5, 2009.
- "Manga Entertainment Announces International Partnership for Iron Kid". Anime News Network. September 8, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2007.