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Toon Boom forays into Japan with first Manga series

Montreal, March 21, 2013 -

Toon Boom Forays into JapanTwo-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.

One More Cup of CoffeeThe 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.