Date: April 21, 2010

THE “SCOOP”:  VIZ MEDIA LICENSES RECENTLY GRANTED

THE “PROPERTY”: 
VAMPIRE KNIGHT
VAMPIRE KNIGHT is based on the best-selling gothic-romance manga series created by Matsuri Hino. Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

THE “PLAYERS”:
Licensor:VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
Contact Information:    
Press:  Evelyn Dubocq, Public Relations, VIZ Media, Evelyn.dubocq@viz.com
Licensing: Tracy Hanchett, Tracy.Hanchett@viz.com

THE “LICENSEE”:
THE NORTHWEST COMPANY

The Northwest Company LLC, located at 49 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn, New York 11576 and with a showroom with in the Landmark “Home Textile Building” located 295 Fifth Avenue, Midtown New York City. A leading manufacturer of Home Domestics continues to introduce new properties and products to the marketplace, has again partnered with Viz Media with the new Vampire Knights for Throw Blanket, Pillows and Beach.
The Northwest has been a licensee of VIZ Media over the past 5years on such properties as NARUTO, BLEACH, ZATCH BELL!, INUYUSHA, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN and now VAMPIRE KNIGHT.

Licensee Contact Information:
Kim Rizzardi, The Northwest Company, Kim.Rizzardi@TNWCO.COM

THE “PRODUCTS”:
The following products have been licensed:  
HOME DÉCOR

THE “TERRITORY”:
The following territory/territories include:
U.S. & CANADA

THE “CATEGORIES

The following category/categories pertain to the license that has been recently granted:
THROW BLANKETS, STANDARD PILLOW CASES, BEACH TOWELS, BLANKET W/SLEEVES