Toon Boom Forays into Japan with First Manga Series

  Toon Boom Forays into Japan with First Manga Series

Business Wire

MONTREAL -- March 21, 2013

Two-time Emmy award recipient, Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced during 2013
Tokyo Anime Fair that Office Pri-On, one of Japan’s emerging animation
studios, has signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing their intention
to use the Toon Boom pipeline, namely Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony, in
two of their upcoming productions.

The first project is Naoto Yamakawa’s “One more cup of coffee”, based on the
five-volume manga published by Enterbrain. The second project is Office Pri-On
original content developed in collaboration with Leiji Matsumoto’s “Zero
Desigze”, both highly-popular properties in Japan.

“We intend to remain true to this unique style of drawing, by using innovative
animation techniques and relying on an independent workflow, which would be a
first in Japan. As a result, we are planning to use the Toon Boom pipeline,
including Harmony. As the first studio in Japan to produce an animation
project using Harmony, we would like to deliver a creative and unique program
that will be well-received and serve as a model within the local industry,”
states Mr. Yasuda Isao, President of Office Pri-On.

“It is a true honour to work with Office Pri-On and demonstrate Toon Boom
technology is perfectly fitted for Manga style,” says Joan Vogelesang,
president and chief executive officer of Toon Boom.

About Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. (toonboom.com), a Corus® Entertainment Inc. company
and a 2012 and 2005 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award recipient, is the
worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software,
delivering products and services online to its global community. Toon Boom
carries user-friendly applications for all, catering to children, home users,
creative professionals as well as students, educators and schools. Toon Boom
is fully dedicated to education and goes far beyond just developing technology
and curriculums that enhance the classroom experience. Toon Boom is an
influential advocate of bringing industry and education together, while
partnering with value-added partners to help students achieve their goals.

At the high-end studio level, Toon Boom offers a wide product range from
powerful pre-production tools to leading-edge animation production solutions.
Relying on its extensive expertise in animation production, Toon Boom provides
consulting services in the fields of optimization, pipeline integration,
production assistance and custom development.

About Office Pri-On
Since its establishment in 2003, Office Pri-On has developed several
audiovisual productions and merchandising projects. The studio acts as a
service provider for other studios as well as develops home projects. Key
properties Office Pri-On was involved with include Pachinko, Space Ship Yamato
2122 and Spaceship Zerodesize. In 2005, Office Pri-On became a member of
Nerima Animation Association.

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Contact:

Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Karina Bessoudo, (514) 490-6479
VP, Marketing
kbessoudo@toonboom.com
 
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