VIZ Media licenses season 3 of the blockbuster ninja series, Naruto, to a leading broadcaster in the largest market in South America.
San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with the latest announcement that SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão), VIZ Media’s terrestrial broadcast partner in Brazil, has licensed the Third Season of the hit animated series, NARUTO. SBT is one of the country’s largest television networks and is expected to debut the third season for the smash hit series in early 2010.
SBT will bring an additional 51 episodes (Episodes 105 through 156) of the popular animated series about a young boy training to become a ninja to one of the fastest growing television markets in the world. The NARUTO brand already possesses a devout following in Brazil through SBT’s airing of NARUTO Seasons 1 and 2, as well as fan access to the Internet.
The agreement with SBT was brought to fruition with the assistance of Mr. Nelson Sato, director of Sato Co., who lent his assistance and support throughout the negotiations and helped solidify a new relationship between VIZ Media and SBT.
VIZ Media has licensed NARUTO and other popular titles to several prominent broadcasters as part of an ongoing campaign to make content available to the Pan-Latin American market.
“SBT is extremely excited continue it’s partnership with VIZ Media to bring the Third Season of the mega hit NARUTO to fans in Brazil” states Daniela Beyruti, Network Executive, SBT.
“NARUTO has clearly found it’s home in Brazil on SBT,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sale & Marketing, VIZ Media. “The continuation of our partnership is a true demonstration of both our commitments to bringing innovative programming to an ever growing audience. SBT has been a terrific partner with the NARUTO brand as they share our goal to entertain with well developed stories and exciting and compelling animation.”