Central Park Media

Central Park Media
Central Park Media
Former type Private
Industry multimedia entertainment
Genre anime, East Asian films, hentai, manga, manhwa, yaoi
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 1990
Founder(s) John O'Donnell
Defunct April 27, 2009
Headquarters New York City, New York
Area served United States
Owner(s) John O'Donnell
Divisions US Manga Corps, Software Sculptors, Asia Pulp Cinema, CPM Press, Adult 18
Website centralparkmedia.com

Central Park Media was an American multimedia entertainment company based in New York City, New York, that was active in the distribution of East Asian cinema, television series, anime, manga and manhwa titles in North America prior to its bankruptcy in 2009. It was headquartered in the 250 West 57th Street building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.[1][2]



Central Park Media was founded in 1990 by John O'Donnell as an anime supplier, with Project A-Ko and Dominion Tank Police as its first two anime titles, which were sub-licensed to CPM by Manga UK who also provided the dubs. Together with AnimEigo, U.S. Renditions and Streamline Pictures, CPM pioneered the distribution of anime for mature viewers in North America.[citation needed]

During its heyday, CPM incorporated MD Geist as part of its U.S. Manga Corps logo. Curiosity by anime fans seeing the "corporate spokes mecha" in CPM's titles resulted in MD Geist becoming one of the company's bestselling titles. In 1996, CPM commissioned MD Geist creator Koichi Ohata to write and direct a sequel; at the same time, Ohata made a director's cut of the first title, adding new scenes and expanding the storyline.[3]

In 1992, CPM - through its Anime 18 division - released Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, which became the first animated film to be given the NC-17 rating. Since its release, Urotsukidoji has become a cult classic among fans of anime, science fiction and horror genres, while at the same time, being one of the first anime titles to introduce the western public to the hentai genre. It was released in theaters across the United States in both subtitled and dubbed formats.[4]

In the mid-1990s, CPM expanded to distributing manga and manhwa (Korean manga) through CPM Manga and CPM Manhwa, respectively. CPM Manga also featured adaptations of MD Geist, Armored Trooper Votoms and Project A-Ko by American writers and artists.

Financial problems

On May 26, 2006, Central Park Media laid off many of its employees, and rumors erupted that the company was planning to declare bankruptcy, supported by a statement from a representative at the Anime Boston convention. The following Monday, the company's managing director issued a statement acknowledging the lay-offs and attributing the cost-cutting to creditor problems following the January bankruptcy of the Musicland group.[5]

The previous year, in 2005, CPM had discontinued its CPM Manga and CPM Manhwa line, also due to monetary problems. But CPM representatives have said that they have had relaunched their Manga and Manhwa lines in January 2006.[6]

On March 19, 2007, Japanese Yaoi Publisher Libre posted a notice on its website saying that CPM's Be Beautiful division was illegally translating and selling its properties. The titles in question were originally licensed to CPM by Japanese publisher Biblos which was bought out by Libre in 2006 after a bankruptcy.[7]

Bankruptcy and liquidation

Central Park Media filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 27, 2009, and liquidated with a debt of over US$1.2 million.[8] Officially, the company had plans to re-release some older titles in the future.[9] Right up until its bankruptcy, CPM still licensed its anime titles for American television and VOD, despite having not released anything on video for over a year. Many of its titles have been shown on the Sci-Fi Channel[10] and are still available through iTunes.[11] Some of its titles were also acquired by various anime companies, such as ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Funimation Entertainment, and Media Blasters, and were re-released from 2007 into the 2010s.[12]


Asia Pulp Cinema

Asia Pulp Cinema was CPM's East-Asian Live-Action film distribution division.[13]

US Manga Corps

US Manga Corps was the anime distribution division for Central Park Media, catering to high school students and older audiences.[14] The US Manga Corps mascot is from MD Geist, an obscure OVA from the 1980s.[3]

Software Sculptors

Another distribution division that specialized in anime-related software,[15] such as screen savers featuring Ranma ½ and Bubblegum Crisis.[citation needed] They also released several anime titles under this product line, most notably The Slayers.[16]

CPM Press

For a list of titles distributed by CPM Press, see the CPM Press category

CPM Press (originally CPM Comics, then CPM Manga) was the manga and manhwa publication division.[17][18][19] Manga titles were published under the label CPM Manga, and manhwa under CPM Manhwa. CPM also had an adult division under CPM Press known as Bear Bare Press, which largely published Americanized versions of some of their Anime 18 releases such as La Blue Girl. This division started in 1996 and folded the same year releasing only La Blue Girl and Demon Beast Invasion.[citation needed] Some of these titles were published under the Manga 18 imprint (see Anime 18).

Anime 18

For a list of titles distributed by Anime 18, see the Anime 18 category

Anime 18 was Central Park Media's distribution division for pornographic anime.[20] A18 released its titles under several labels, with the main label - Anime 18 - used for hentai anime, Manga 18 for manga and manhwa pornography, and Be Beautiful Manga for yaoi manga. Some A18 titles were also being re-released under the Anime HotShots label.[citation needed] When Central Park Media went bankrupt in 2009, the licenses for some of Anime 18's products and movies were transferred to Critical Mass.[21]

See also

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  1. ^ "Contact Us." Central Park Media. March 12, 2007. Retrieved on September 14, 2009.
  2. ^ "250 West 57th Street." W&H Properties. Retrieved on September 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Anime News Network Buried Garbage - M.D. Geist
  4. ^ Interview with John O'Donnell
  5. ^ "Musicland files for bankruptcy." Anime News Network. January 12, 2006. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "Central Park Media to Restart Manga." Anime News Network. October 17, 2005. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  7. ^ Cha, Kai-Ming; Reid, Calvin (March 29, 2007). "Japanese Publisher Claims CPM Infringes". Publishers Weekly. http://publishersweekly.com/article/CA6428918.html. Retrieved July 5, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Central Park Media Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy." Anime News Network. April 28, 2009. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  9. ^ "Anime News Network - CPM to Re-release Some Older Titles in the Future." Anime News Network. March 3, 2007. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  10. ^ "Sci-Fi Channel and Manga Entertainment Add New Anime Programming as Ani-Monday Block is Renewed for a Second Season." Anime News Network. July 14, 2007. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  11. ^ "Black Jack OVA ." Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  12. ^ "ADV Adds Grave of the Fireflies and Now and Then, Here and There." Central Park Media. May 5, 2009. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  13. ^ "Asia Pulp Cinema." Central Park Media. March 30, 2004. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  14. ^ "U.S. Manga Corps New Releases." Central Park Media. April 7, 2004. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  15. ^ "Software Sculptors CD-ROMs and Anime Videos." Software Sculptors. January 29, 2007. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  16. ^ Anime News Network - Software Sculptors Responds to Slayers DVD Audio Problems, October 28, 2000
  17. ^ "The CPM Comics Page." February 7, 1997. Central Park Media. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  18. ^ "CPM Press." Central Park Media. June 8, 2003. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  19. ^ "CPM Press." Central Park Media. April 1, 2004. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  20. ^ "Anime 18." Central Park Media. February 7, 1997.
  21. ^ Central Park Media's Licenses Offered by Liquidator

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