Manga Entertainment

Manga Entertainment
Manga Entertainment, LLC
Type Subsidiary of Starz Media LLC
Industry Entertainment (Anime)
Founded 1991
Headquarters Los Angeles, California[1]
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, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand. 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,[2] usually through financial contributions toward production costs. It was established in 1991 by Chris Blackwell by Island Records' Island World Communications subsidiary. It is currently a subsidiary of Starz Media, a subsidiary of venture capital firm Liberty Media. 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 currently have licensing and distribution deals with Funimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and Viz 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.

Despite its name, the company's principal business is the distribution of anime rather than manga, although they have published some manga, such as Crying Freeman[3], in the United Kingdom under the Manga Books imprint.



Manga Entertainment in Australia

Manga Entertainment expanded into Australia in late 1993 when Manga's main headquarters were still based in London. Although initially Manga's titles were to be released in Australia by Polygram who owned Island and Manga, they decided to sub-license their properties to Siren Entertainment. In late 1996, Manga Entertainment UK gave the sub-distribution license to the newly founded Madman Entertainment who in turn were distributed by Siren. This meant that both Siren and Madman has equal rights to Manga's properties.

In 1997, PolyGram Australia gained the rights to some of Manga's more recent additions to its catalogue. This included Lupin the 3rd properties except The Castle of Cagliostro and Violence Jack. Violence Jack: Evil Town was banned in Australia even when PolyGram submitted the UK cut to the Australian Government for classification. The other 2 OVAs in the series submitted were the uncut dubbed versions that were released in the USA by Critical Mass however due to Evil Town's banning PolyGram scrapped the release of Violence Jack in Australia. PolyGram already had the UK cut of Evil Town in circulation despite its banning.

Siren decided to license Street Fighter II: V from Manga USA in 1998 and released the series without input from Madman, as Madman also had and exclusive licensing deal with ADV Films who had licensed Street Fighter II: V in the UK and re-dubbed it. This property was taken over by Madman in 1999.

In 1999, Siren relinquished its licensing deal with Manga UK and its separate deal for SFII: V from Manga USA as Madman had become big enough for Siren to make same amount of profit distributing for them as it was when it was the sole distributor of Manga products in Australia.

In 2001, Siren Entertainment restructured itself and split the company into 2 separate entities: Siren Visual & The AV Channel. Madman's founders who were former employees of the company and owned shares of Siren decided to take The AV Channel and turn it into Madman's distribution arm which was absorbed into Madman in 2008.

Madman Entertainment in the mid 00's decided to align itself with Manga USA, but since the dawn of Blu-Ray & Manga USA turning into an online and television distributor of Anime, Madman has aligned itself with Manga UK. Both companies funded and co-produced the PAL region dub of Ghost In The Shell: Innocence and co-produce DVD & Blu-Rays.

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 ran for fifty issues originally. It is currently running to 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 will be available at no extra cost to US subscribers after the new Xbox dashboard update due sometime in fall of 2011.


  1. ^ "About Us." Manga Entertainment. Retrieved on February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Manga Entertainment Announces International Partnership for Iron Kid". Anime News Network. September 8, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2007. 
  3. ^ Shirow, Masamune (1995) [1985]. Appleseed Volume One: The Promethean Challenge. trans. Studio Proteus (UK ed.). London: Manga Publishing. ISBN 1-900097-01-X. 

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