On the 17th December, Viz Media and Warner Home Video reached an agreement for distribution of Viz Media DVD releases across the United Sates and Mexico. This announcement was made jointly by Hidemi Fukuhara and Jeff Brown of Viz Media and Warner Home Video respectively. Effective from the 1st April, WHV will be distributing all Viz Media DVD titles from Naruto, to Pokémon as well as Naruto.
Regarding the announcement, Mr. Fukuhara remarked, “We look forward to joining forces with Warner Home Video and are confident that in working with their strength in sales and distribution, we will continue to grow the anime category even more effectively than we have over the last several years. We’re very encouraged by Warner Home Video’s enthusiasm for this category and our properties and look forward to our titles reaching an even wider audience as a result of this relationship.”
Brown added, “The association between Warner Home Video and VIZ Media demonstrates our continued commitment to the growing sector of anime. Adding to our previous success with The Animatrix and Appleseed: Ex Machina, we are looking forward to a successful relationship with VIZ Media, one of the top players in the anime genre and children’s animation.”
Currently many of the Viz Media series in the UK are distributed either by Viz Media Europe or Manga Entertainment. How this latest deal will affect UK sales and distribution is currently unknown.
Source: Viz Media USA