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Giant Ape Media acquires extended rights for hit cable series LOST GIRL

lost girl bo season 5Flower Mound, TX – July 24, 2014 – Giant Ape Media announced today that it has extended the Blu-ray & DVD, DTO/DTR/EST, (and via digital carriers) PPV and VOD rights to the hit series, Lost Girl. The series is currently in production for season 5.

 

Series synopsis:

 

When we last saw the supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), she and her allies had been caught up in a fierce battle for the fate of the world. Her mysterious, long-absent father, turns his daughter into the Dark Queen in his ploy to escape from hell.  Bo’s allies—both Fae and human—manage to fight back his army of undead revenants, but only at the great loss of one of their own.

 

Lost Girl was developed by Prodigy Pictures, in association with Shaw Media and Showcase. Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Vanessa Piazza, and Michael Grassi.

 

Lost Girl Seasons 1 – 4 are now currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Please click here to order.

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FUNimation acquires rights to Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

FUNimation Entertainment announced today, that they have acquired the home video and digital distribution rights to the recently released, hit web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. While FUNimation will be handling distribution in the United States and Canada through their Giant Ape live action label, they are working with international distributors Manga Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, who will be distributing Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively.

 

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist was released as a 12 episode web series by Machinima, the number-one global video entertainment network for young males, on May 23, 2014. Since its release, the series has received millions of views, along with praise from entertainment and games media alike. FUNimation Entertainment will be releasing Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist as a 143 minute, feature-length film – which will contain 13 minutes of exclusive bonus footage not seen in the web series. Fans can also look forward to receiving loads of extra features; including behind-the-scenes clips, interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, and much more.

 

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is slated to hit retail in Fall 2014. If you haven’t checked the series out yet, head on over to Machinima’s YouTube page:

New Release Tuesday – Love and Zombies

Part 2 of Aquarion EVOL is finally available. Get your mech fix today!

 

synopsis:

 

The intergalactic hijinks continue as beings from a womanless planet target the girls of the newly coed Neo-DEAVA academy. Meanwhile, a mysterious villain’s plot slowly comes to light, Amata’s past is revealed, and Mikono finds herself in the middle of a really awkward threesome. The hormone-fueled pilots will have to survive unusual training methods and swimsuit-filled secret missions in order to grow strong enough to kick some otherworldly tail, but as the boys and girls get closer to each other, they discover that destiny might not be on their side. Victory could require the legendary mecha Aquarion’s ultimate form—even if summoning it means breaking an intimate taboo. From the studio behind Fairy Tail and Macross comes an epic climax 12,000 years in the making.

 

Click here to complete your Aquarion EVOL collection!

 

 

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Giant Ape Media Acquires XIII – the Series

Flower Mound, Texas (5/21) – Giant Ape Media® today announced it has acquired the U.S. home entertainment rights to XIII-The Series.

 

Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned) and Aisha Tyler (Archer, 24) star in this espionage-filled series from the producer of NCIS and 24.

 

The series was developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl) and Luc Besson’s production company (La Femme Nikita, Taken, and The Transporter trilogy) and is a continuation of the XIII miniseries starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer (released on DVD and Blu-ray as XIII: The Conspiracy), with various actors reprising their roles.

 

Synopsis:

Agent XIII was left to rot in an Eastern European prison with no memories of his past or hope for his future. After a high-stakes breakout, he finds himself immersed in a network of spies and special agents as he attempts to figure out if the man he used to be was a patriot or a monster. Along the way, he uncovers a global conspiracy reaching from the Oval Office to the prisons of Venezuela involving plans for a weapon that could forever change the balance of international power. But when you’re a rogue agent on the run from both government agencies and terrorist cells, is there anyone you can really trust?

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New Release Tuesday – SAVE on These Titles

Happy New Release Tuesday! Today we have a real treat for you from our Giant Ape live action label–Space Battleship Yamato!

 

synopsis:

 

A cult classic from the glory days of anime blazes to life on the big screen in this feature-length sci-fi epic starring Takuya Kimura (Redline, Howl’s Moving Castle)!

 

The year is 2199. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction as the Gamilas, a heinous race of alien invaders, wage an endless war for the right to inhabit the Earth. The last hope for humanity lies on the distant planet of Iskander, and the only battleship capable of attempting the journey is the legendary Yamato. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Cannon, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that will change their world forever!

Click here to buy it now on BD/DVD Combo!

 

For you bargain shoppers out there, Cat Planet Cuties and Shangri-La are now available in our Super Amazing Value Edition line! Two very different titles now for a super low price!

 

 

New Release Tuesday – In Case You Missed it the First Time

Happy New Release Tuesday! We have several releases today for those who might have missed them the first time around, or were waiting for a lower price point before pouncing.

 

First up, the collections continue with One Piece Collection 9!

 

synopsis:

When Luffy and his mates drop anchor at the bizarre island of Long Ring Long Land, they’re challenged to a Davy Back Fight by the fast-talking Foxy Pirates! The Straw Hats are no strangers to squabbles, but the sacred code of pirates decrees that this contest could cost Luffy his crew! Next on the horizon for the Hats, it’s a case of missing memories as everyone but Robin forgets they ever knew each other. Usopp is quick to claim the title of captain, and Zoro does the unthinkable by attacking Luffy! Can Robin recover the crew’s lost recollections before disaster strikes!? She’d better work fast because far greater foes lie ahead, and the Straw Hats will need all hands on deck if they hope to survive the return of Captain Foxy – and the icy arrival of Admiral Aokiji!

 

Click here to buy it today!

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LET ME OUT wins Gold Medal Award at the 57th Annual NY Festivals Int’l TV & Film Awards

 

FLOWER MOUND, TX (4/9/14)- Group 1200 Media, in conjunction with Giant Ape Media, announced live-action Korean zombie coming of age melodrama, LET ME OUT won the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2014 New York Festivals (NYF) International Television & Film Awards™ earlier tonight. Celebrating the World’s Best TV Programs & Films™ and now in its 57th year, NYF announced the winners of this annual competition this evening at their annual Gala at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton in the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Ballroom. The International Awards Group’s annual NYF Awards show celebrates exceptional and innovative programs worldwide in all areas of programming ranging from news, sports, promos, documentaries, dramas and feature films.  The Grand Jury awarded Gold World Medals, Silver, Bronze, and Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries. Other winners included NBC Sports, ESPN, Blue Marble Media, and Cartoon Network Latin America to name a few.

 

LET ME OUT, co-directed by Chang Lae Kim and Jae Soh, stars popular K-drama actors, Hyun-Sang Kwon (THE KING 2 HEARTS, VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR 2, QUEEN OF AMBITION and THE FUGITIVE OF JOSEON) and K-pop star, Hee-von Park from SM Entertainment’s girl band, MILK and star of (GRAND PRIX, READ MY LIPS, FAMILY and GOD’S QUIZ SEASON 3).

 

Written, directed and produced by Koreans and Korean Americans, LET ME OUT is written and directed by Jae Soh and Chang Rae Kim.  Produced by Min Soh and Irene Cho. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S.

 

“It’s amazing for a small indie film to be recognized in the same company of other prominent media companies and industry leaders such as NBC’s THE VOICE, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s PARTS UNKNOWN and just in time for the film’s N. American DVD release on May 27th,” says Adam Zehner, VP of Licensing and Acquisitions, Group 1200 Media.

 

“Hyun Sang and I are so honored to accept this award on behalf of the team behind LET ME OUT in Korea. This was so unexpected, we are so thrilled to win this award. Thanks to our relationship with our U.S. distributor, Giant Ape, LET ME OUT, an indie Korean film can win the NYF Awards Gold Medal in the U.S. category at the NAB Show-the world’s largest electronic media show with nearly 90,000 attendees and thousands of exhibitors from all over the world. Anything is possible,” says Irene Cho, Producer, LET ME OUT.

 

“We are honored to be chosen for this award, and thankful they recognized this film as a Gold Medal winner amongst the other nominees in the industry,” says Scott Lonski, Director of Marketing Services, Group 1200.

 

LET ME OUT is a Korean language coming of age melodrama and pays homage to Day For Night (France), Living In Oblivion (USA) and Korean cinema. LET ME OUT pokes fun at director Yang Ik-June who won the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award for his film, Breathless.  Director of M, Duelist, Nowhere To Hide and Korean film icon, Lee Myungse is cast as himself.

 

SYNOPSIS:

This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual filmmaking.  Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding.  His dream of working with his love-interest Ah-Young becomes a nightmare.  Everything that can go wrong does.  Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create.  It is hope.

 

LET ME OUT opened in S. Korea on August 15, 2013 and was distributed through Baekdu Daegan Film Company in approximately 15 theaters including Art House Momo (Baekdu’s Art House theaters), CGV Movie Collage (the Art House division of CJ Entertainment), and Artplus Cinema Network in various cities throughout Korea, including Seoul. The film had its red carpet US Premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in LA on August 16, 2013 to a sold out audience with director, Jae Soh and Kwon Hyun-Sang, the film’s lead actor. FUNimation and Giant Ape Media partnered with TUGG, to release the film theatrically in select cities including New York, NY, Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL in Fall/Winter 2013. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S. and is distributed in the U.S. by Giant Ape, a Group 1200 Media company, based in Flower Mound, TX.

 

NYF’s 2014 Television & Film Awards ceremony and acceptance speeches is available for viewing on the International Television & Film Awards website. To view this year’s award winners: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2014/ or http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/nabshow2014/mobile/

For more information visit: www.newyorkfestivals.com.
Last year’s award winners included: Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad” (IOC/LOCOG/OBS/Done and Dusted/YLE); A&E, USA for Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies; and the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner. ESPN, USA earned the title of Broadcaster of the Year for the 6th year consecutive year and was recognized with 12 Gold World Medals, 20 Silver, 8 Bronze, and 22 Finalist Certificates.

 

 

 

 

About Group 1200 Media

Group 1200 Media is a multifaceted entertainment conglomerate encompassing FUNimation(R) Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Products (GameSamba and Immerz). This production, marketing, and distribution corporation strives tirelessly to accomplish its mission of delivering the highest quality entertainment brands – along with their associated products – across a multitude of genres. Group 1200 Media is committed to continually releasing and developing exciting new properties representative of its diverse background in the entertainment industry. Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com.

 

About International Awards Group

International Awards Group (IAG) organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards® for the World’s Most Effective Advertising™; Midas Awards® for the World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™; The Global Awards® for the World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™; New York Festivals®; World’s Best Advertising®; World’s Best Radio Programs™ and World’s Best Television & Films™. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.InternationalAwardsGroup.com.

 

New Release Tuesday – Smuggler and Dragon Ball Z

Happy New Release Tuesday! Today we’ve got a release from both FUNimation and Giant Ape (our Live Action label). But, let’s start with anime, shall we?

 

Dragon Ball Z Season 3 is now available on Blu-ray. Check out that epic cover art!

 

synopsis:

 

All seven Namekian Dragon Balls have been assembled, and the dragon Porunga has been summoned! Goku and his loyal friends must stop Frieza from making his wish for immortality. To defeat this monstrous foe – a Super Saiyan must emerge!

 

Make room on your shelves because the Dragon Ball Z Season Sets are finally on Blu-ray! We embarked on a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies that might have tarnished your viewing experience.  All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality. The bolder, more vibrant color of this ultimate Dragon Ball Z release closely mirrors the visual aesthetics of today’s entertainment. Lastly, we undertook a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series to create a modern HD widescreen presentation of this legendary fan favorite!

 

Click here to order Dragon Ball Z Season Three on Blu-ray! We’re also running a special sale this week on all things Dragon Ball. Save up to 64% on season sets of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. Hurry, sale ends on 04.07.14.

 

Click here to shop the sale.

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New Release Tuesday – Action Packed Edition

It’s Tuesday, and we’ve got some action-packed new releases for you today! First up, let’s get a little cyber-punk with Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos.

 

synopsis:

Get the high-voltage thrill ride of Appleseed XIII the series with none of the filler in this action-packed two-movie set that cuts down the story to what you want most: bullets, explosions, and total mayhem! In the years after a devastating global war, Deunan and her cyborg partner protect the idyllic city of Olympus as elite members of the paramilitary force ES.W.A.T. The duo fights to making the city a paradise by taking down criminals in pulse-pounding mecha battles high above the city streets. When a terrorist organization arms an atomic warhead and begins to assassinate high-ranking bioroids—genetically engineered humans—Deunan and the rest of ES.W.A.T. might be the only people capable of protecting the future of humanity.

 

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12 Days of Anime – Day 12 – In the Year 2014…

As we end our “12 Days of Anime” countdown, we take a look at what 2014 has in store for us.

We’re rolling out our simulcast announcements for Winter 2014! That’s right, it’s a tease. I know the anticipation is gonna kill you, but you’ll just have to be patient!

 

You should already be acquainted with Space Dandy. The entire creative team behind Cowboy Bebop is back, and for the first time ever, Adult Swim will be broadcasting the English Dub of a series on the same day as TV broadcast in Japan! Space Dandy premieres on Toonami on January 4th at 11:30 pm. Check your local listings for details.

 

synopsis:
Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

For more information on Space Dandy, be sure to to “Like” our official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/spacedandyanime.


And now the first of our new announcements! Noragami will be joining our 2014 Winter simulcast lineup.

 

synopsis:

Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.

 

We’ll have a simulcast date and time for you soon, so stay tuned! We’ve got 3 more simulcasts to announce, but you’ll just have to wait til tomorrow to find out more! Make sure you come back as we unveil the next one!

 

But wait! That’s not all, we’ve got one more special announcement. We have acquired rights to the live action Space Battleship Yamato movie. A cult classic from the glory days of anime blazes to life in this feature-length sci-fi epic starring Takuya Kimura (Redline, Howl’s Moving Castle)!

 

synopsis:
The year is 2199. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction as the Gamilas, a heinous race of alien invaders, wage an endless war for the right to inhabit the Earth. The last hope for humanity lies on the distant planet of Iskander, and the only battleship capable of attempting the journey is the legendary Yamato. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Cannon, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that only one of them will survive!

 

The movie will hit shelves in 2014.

 

So, what did you think of our “12 Days of Anime” countdown? Are you looking forward to what 2014 has in store for you?