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Comic Book Movies and Skywalker Sound Announce Partnership

Skywalker Sound is one of the premier post production facilities in the world (March 08, 2006)

Comic Book Movies, LLC, a leading entertainment company based in Hollywood, and established by veteran film producer and comic book authority Michael Uslan and visionary financier M. Jonathan Roberts, has announced a strategic partnership with Skywalker Sound for all post production and sound services for their upcoming slate of features films, television and animation productions.

Comic Book Movies (CBM) was formed to build multi-media entertainment franchises based on classic international comic book and graphic novel properties as well as important Japanese Manga properties. Uslan is well known in the film and comic book industries as executive producer of the "Batman" franchise films.

Founded by filmmaker George Lucas, Skywalker Sound is one of the premier post production facilities in the world having won 18 Academy Awards(R) for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

A recent agreement between Ishimori Entertainment Inc., Comic Book Movies, LLC, ITOCHU Corporation, and Lotus Inc. provided a partnership to jointly develop motion picture franchises based on the original properties of the late Shotaro Ishinomori. Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-1998) is one of the most famous Manga authors of all time, distinguished by his creations of more than 500 Manga characters.

On September 1st, 2004, Ishimori Group (Ishimori Shotaro Pro and Ishimori Pro) and Itochu agreed to revitalize the Ishinomori properties by jointly establishing Ishimori Entertainment, Inc. The newly established company's primary objective is to revitalize the late author's works through motion picture production, TV programs and merchandise. The new agreement with CBM establishes an ideal platform to introduce the so-called "Ishinomori World" to a worldwide audience. Itochu will support Ishimori Entertainment as its sole overseas agent and will be responsible for the development of motion picture based Ishinomori merchandise.

Lotus is CBM's exclusive agent for the procurement and development of existing and original motion picture content from Japan and Asia. Lotus develops original motion picture content in collaboration with Japanese alliance partners and manages the Japanese distribution rights of motion pictures produced by CBM. Ishimori Group, CBM, Lotus and Itochu intend to further collaborate in an expanded business relationship uniting Hollywood with Japan on the global stage.

Mr. Uslan's outstanding career in Hollywood spans over 29 years. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer ("Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?") who recently donated over 30,000 comic books from his private collection to Indiana University's prestigious Lilly Library. Under the leadership of Mr. Uslan and Mr. Roberts, CBM will produce movies with A-list and cutting edge directors, screenwriters and acting talent.

Films, video and animation derived from graphic novels and comics, have generated, near $25 billion-dollars in business at the box office, on DVDs, videogames, toys and other merchandising.


Founded in 2005, Comic Book Movies, LLC is dedicated to building entertainment franchises from intellectual properties and the rich and diverse world of international comics and manga. They currently have partnerships with a number of high profile comic book creators, and will be announcing several major strategic partnerships in the coming months.


Skywalker Sound is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for audio post-production. Skywalker Sound has been honored with 18 Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.


Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for video game console systems and PC; as well as Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm's motion picture productions include five of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and 53 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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