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Media Blasters, INC.

Founded in 1997, New York City based Media Blasters was created to give sub-culture media the treatment and distribution usually only afforded to pop-culture offerings. Some of Media Blasters' most well known labels include Animeworks, specializing in Japanese animation, Tokyo Shock, specializing in Asian film, and Shriek Show, specializing in horror.  Engaging in licensing, production, localizing and distribution, MB has handled groundbreaking titles like the perennial blockbuster BERSERK, Adult Swim's MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, action hit VERSUS, cult classic ICHI THE KILLER and the legendary original VOLTRON DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE TV series.  Media Blasters has even opened the door to new productions, creating sub-culture favorites like DEATHTRANCE and MACHINE GIRL.


The New York City based Animeworks is a leader in licensing and localizing Japanese Animation for US markets.  Animeworks appeared on the scene in 1997 and quickly made a name for itself with the anime legend KITE.  Commanding a series of chart-topping releases including MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH, Cartoon Network's RUROUNI KENSHIN, the perennial blockbuster BERSERK, Adult Swim's MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL and QUEEN'S BLADE, Animeworks has become a major player in the rise of anime in the US. Animeworks produced two original anime series with the visionary Yasuomi Umetsu -- KITE LIBERATOR and MEZZO FORTE -- and has even gone beyond anime to license and distribute Nickelodeon's cult classic INVADER ZIM and the legendary original VOLTRON DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE TV series.  Animeworks continues to innovate, bringing cutting edge anime to the US through DVD, Blu Ray, television, digital distribution and whatever else the future may hold.

Tokyo Shock

Established in 1998, Tokyo Shock is the number one publisher, licensor and producer of Asian cinema in the United States.  Tokyo Shock's catalog defines the Asian media experience with action hits like VERSUS and RIKI-OH, Takeshi Miike shockers like ICHI THE KILLER and VISITOR Q, horror classics like ONE MISSED CALL and ART OF THE DEVIL, giant monster romps like FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD and MYSTERIANS, samurai epics like LONE WOLF AND CUB and ZATOICHI: BLIND SWORDSMAN and featuring a full line of Shaw Brothers' Martial Arts films.  With offices in Japan, Tokyo Shock also produces original features, and is credited with revitalizing cult Japanese action films with instant classics such as DEATHTRANCE, MACHINE GIRL and TOKYO GORE POLICE. Tokyo Shock is headquartered in the heart of New York City, and remains dedicated to bringing the best of far Eastern media to US shores.

Shriek Show

Founded in 2001 to present deluxe, re-mastered horror classics on DVD, Shriek Show has evolved into a home-media horror powerhouse.  Featuring stars like Sasha Grey, Asia Argento and Tony Todd along with the genre's master directors, including Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Russo, Lucio Fulci, Joe D'Amato and Frank Hennenlotter, Shriek Show's catalog delivers both classic and modern horror by the coffin-full.  Shriek Show also produces original features, scaring the genre up a notch with shockers like FLESH FOR THE BEAST, WICKED LAKE and Tony Todd's SHADOW: DEAD RIOT. Shriek Show has recently launched its Fresh Meat line -- packed with world premieres of exciting features from up and coming horror directors -- to ensure that the screams will keep on coming.