Monday, June 29, 2009

AD Vision listed as Distributor for CPM titles

Although this was already stated in the last update of this blog, I feel the need to repeat this one part, explain it better, and make it more noticable. I have commented on it on Anime on DVD forums already, but I still feel the need to make it clear.

MYC & Associates, the liquidator for Central Park Media, listed AD Vision as a company that the now bankrupt Central Park Media, has a distribution agreement with. Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation (WEA) was the main distributor of all CPM DVD titles (they were announced as their "exclusive distributor" in the U.S. in November of 2004 ), up until their bankruptcy (according to their main site, and the Anime News Network articles [1, 2]) , and this is also listed on the Schedule of Assets page. However any other deal with a distributor has not been made public, and this includes any deals with AD Vision. Therefore this alows us to conclude that the distribution agreement between CPM and AD Vision deals with the (so far) 5 OOP CPM titles that ADV is re-releaseing. This is backed up by the fact that of CPM's main logo is on the cover art of the two titles( 1, 2,) are to be re-released in early July (many copies bought online have already shipped, and some customers have their copies of the DVD's already). The other two titles are to be released in mid to late July and their back cover art are not known yet. It is also interesting to note that John O'Donnell and the rest of the main CPM staff that worked on these titles are also listed on the back of the DVD cases. The main CPM logo also loads after the ADV logo, and the original credits are still used (the credits remaining is normal in license rescues, however the other things are not). So this leads us to believe these CPM titles were involved in some type of distribution deal, rather then a license rescue. For example, ADV is now just doing distribution for "Now and Then, Here and There", while the bankrupt Central Park Media still holds the license. What this all means for CPM and the future of the titles is still unclear. We will continue to report on this, and all other developments.
Now for a personal comment. I apologize for this post being so wordy, and hard to understand. All the info is there, and ordered to the best of my abilities, but it's a lot of information. Sorry for it being so dry as well. I would also like to say that I will be doing a new anime review for this blog very soon. DVD Look is not dead ;) . Look forward to it readers, I am!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More info on CPM Bankruptcy

The Nigorimasen Blog has outlined more information regarding the Bankrupcty of Central Park Media. They write "It’s Still Early On In CPM’s Bankruptcy Proceedings..." and that MYC & Associates(CPM's liquidator) "has linked to a Schedule of Assets that contains 23 pages of 547 copyrights relating to releases; two pages of trademarks including “Anime Alley”, “Anime Today”, and “Mangamusic”; office equipment and furnishings such as chairs, computers, and telephones; 12 domain names with expiration dates; a listing of 'licences, franchises, and other general intangibles' consisting of four distribution agreements (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, KOCH Entertainment Distribution LLC, AD Vision) and one consignment agreement (The Right Stuf International); and a five-page consignment inventory to TRSI. "

Nigorimasen also listed creditors who have so far filed a Proof of Claim. The deadline to file is September 1, 2009.

The list of creditors:

Bank of America
Biblos Co. Ltd./Libre
Consortium Books Sales and Distribution (has a distribution agreement)
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (commercial real estate firm)
Fisk Building Management
KOCH Entertainment Inc. (renamed E1 Entertainment in Jan. 2009; has a distribution agreement)
Levi Lubarsky & Feigenbaum, LLP (commercial litigation firm)
Moses & Singer (legal services firm)
NCO Financial Systems Inc.
Pittney Bowes Credit Corp
Quebecor Printing Lebonfon (a Canadian printer)
Wells Fargo
XO Communications Services, Inc.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Central Park Media's Licenses offered by Liquidator

Anime News Network has reported that MYC & Associates, the appointed liquidator to Central Park Media's assets has has provided a list of CPM's former assets, including the partial listing of copyrights. Anime News Network also writes "However, CPM did not retain permanent ownership of most of these titles, so many of these copyrights cover only the materials that CPM itself produced, such as subtitles, dubbing, and packaging" . ANN also lists David Kittay as the trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court that will handle the liquidation. ADV has already acquired the rights to Now and Then Here and There, MD Geist, Grave of the Fireflies, and Darkside Blues. ADV also holds the license to Area 88, Bandai Entertainment holds the license to Agent Aika ,and Funimation holds the license to The Slayers, however these titles were rescued long before CPM's bankrupcty.

The partial list of titles is:

A-Ko the Versus
Adventure Kid
Agent Aika
Akai Hayate
Angel Sanctuary
Animated Classics of Japanese Literature
Area 88
Ariel Deluxe
Armored Trooper Votoms
Art of Fighting
Ayane's High Kick
Battle Arena Toshinden
Battle Skipper
Big Wars
Birdy the Mighty
Black Jack
La Blue Girl
La Blue Girl Returns
Blue Sonnet
Crystal Triangle
Cyber City Oedo 808
Cybernetics Guardian
Dancougar - Super Beast Machine God
Dark Angel
Darkside Blues
Demon Beast Invasion
Demon City Shinjuku
Demon Warrior Koji
Descendants of Darkness
Detonator Orgun
Dog Soldier: Shadows of the Past
Dominion Tank Police
Dream Hazard
Explorer Woman Ray
Fencer of Minerva
Four Play
Gall Force - Eternal Story
Gall Force 2 - Destruction
Gall Force 3 - Stardust War
Gall Force: Earth Chapter
Gall Force: New Era
Garzey's Wing
Grappler Baki
Grave of the Fireflies
Hades Project Zeorymer

Harlock Saga
Here is Greenwood
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
The Humanoid
Hyper Speed GranDoll
Iczer 3
Iria - Zeiram the Animation
Knights of Ramune
Lady Blue
Legend of Himiko
Legend of Lemnear
Love Lessons
Lunatic Night
Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos
Mama Mia!
Mask of Zeguy
M.D. Geist
MD Geist II - Death Force

Metal Fighter Miku
Midnight Panther
My My Mai
Mystery of the Necronomicon
Night on the Galactic Railroad
Night Shift Nurses
Nightmare Campus
Now and Then, Here and There
Odin - Starlight Mutiny

Ogenki Clinic
Patlabor The Mobile Police
Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files
Peacock King
Photon: The Idiot Adventures
Ping Pong Club
Private Psycho Lesson
Professor Pain
Project A-Ko
Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group
Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody
Project A-Ko 4: Final
Pure Love
Record of Lodoss War
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Revolutionary Girl Utena
RG Veda
Rhea Gall Force
Roots Search
Roujin Z
Rumik World: Fire Tripper
Rumik World: Maris the Chojo
Rumik World: Mermaid Forest
Rumik World: The Laughing Target
Shamanic Princess
Silent Service
Sins of the Sisters
The Slayers
Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings
The Sound of Waves
Spaceship Agga Ruter
Sprite: Between Two Worlds
Stepmother's Sin
Strange Love
Takegami - Guardian of Darkness
They Were 11
Tokyo Babylon
Twin Angels
Ultimate Teacher
Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend
Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
Venus 5
The Venus Wars
Virgin Fleet
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
A Wind Named Amnesia
Yu Yu Hakusho The Movie: Poltergeist Report

Source: Anime News Network

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ADV license rescues another CPM title, "Darkside Blues"

Anime News Network reports that ADV Films has added another Central Park Media title, Darkside Blues, to their August DVD releases. They use Rightstuf listings of sales in August as a source. The DVD release is scheduled for August 18th. Darkside Blues was produced in 1994 by J.C. Staff. It is based on the manga by Hideyuki Kikuchi (famouse for Vampire Hunter D, Demon City Shinjuku, A Wind Named Amnesia).

ADV will re-release the other Central Park Media titles on DVD in July. The four CPM titles are Grave of the Fireflies, Now and Then Here and There, The World of Narue, and M.D. Geist .

Central Park Media's 2008 catalog lists many other shows that they still retained the license to (up until 2008 at least, and likely up until their bankruptcy/now). However this list is not complete, as there are many other shows CPM still held the license to in 2008 that are not on the list.