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Post ADV's Anime Network examined in mainstream media

MSNBC has piece on ADV Films' unveiling of The Anime Network in the last year and how the company is riding the wave of Japanese Animation popularity in America.

The Japanese art form of anime is making waves around the world, and a Houston company is riding the crest.

A.D. Vision Inc. has gained a reputation as cartoon central for the growing legion of global fans who can't get enough of these highly stylized epic stories featuring gun-wielding schoolgirls, headstrong martial arts experts and a slew of complex and often darker characters than those found in the average American comic book fare.

With the launch of a 24-hour cable channel devoted to the Japanese animation pop-culture phenomenon and a live-action anime film in the pipeline, A.D. Vision is poised to further capitalize on what some entertainment industry observers are touting as a $4 billion industry.

In the past three years, the local company has experienced a 400 percent increase in growth, with six studios in Houston, two in Austin and offices in London and Tokyo.

For 2003, A.D. Vision will show revenue of between $70 million and $150 million, says Kevin Corcoran, chief operating officer.

In addition to 187 employees in the United States, A.D. Vision provides a livelihood for 200 to 250 actresses, actors, directors and private contractors who work on the company's ongoing projects.
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