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Cross Media International Will Bring Osamu Tezuka’s Cast of Characters to North America

Astro Boy

Astro Boy and friends have a new representative.

Cross Media International, a San Franscisco-based production and management company, announced today that it entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions of Japan to develop distribution opportunities for Osamu Tezuka’s properties and characters in North America.

Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga” and the “Walt Disney of Japan,” created a huge body of influential anime and manga works, including such well-known characters as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Black Jack. Tezuka’s work broke the bonds of genre and appealed across all age groups.

CMI said in a press release that its mission will be to bring Tezuka’s works to even more people.

“CMI is thrilled to be able to work with the great team at Tezuka Productions to bring renewed visibility and increased exposure to their many well-known properties within the North American market,” said CMI Founder and Executive Producer, Christoper Frey.

Tezuka Productions General Manager Yoshihiro Shimizu said he felt the partnership with CMI would be a good fit for this goal.

“We are very happy to be working with another strong partner to help bring Tezuka content to North America. We believe that CMI’s extensive experience both in creative production as well as originating and closing deals will be a great benefit to Tezuka Productions as we seek to fulfill our mission of sending out Tezuka’s works to the world. We’re very much looking forward to working with CMI,” Shimizu said.