VIZ Media, UTA Strike Deal to Develop Live-Action Anime & Manga Programming

Thanks to a new partnership, United Talent Agency (UTA) will work with VIZ Media in order to develop VIZ Media's catalog of of manga and anime properties as live-action programming.

VIZ Media is the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America; their catalog includes popular titles such as "Bleach," "Death Note," "Naruto," "One-Punch Man," "One Piece," "Tokyo Ghoul," "Dragon Ball Z," "Sailor Moon," "Naruto" and "Pokemon." It is unclear at this time which specific properties will be developed into live-action.

"We are excited to start this partnership to push the boundaries of storytelling, innovation and character through VIZ Media’s prolific portfolio," UTA's Howie Sanders, Co-Head, Book Department said in a statement.

"The UTA partnership represents an important new direction for VIZ Media and our colleagues in Japan," said Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer of VIZ Media. "Bringing the rich stories of manga and anime to life in new ways is an exciting opportunity with tremendous potential. UTA is an innovator that shares our vision, and their proven track record and strong relationships throughout the domestic and international entertainment sectors will be important factors as we move forward."

VIZ Media is the top manga publisher in the U.S. and one of the top three graphic novel publishers overall. Founded in San Francisco in 1986, VIZ Media marks its 30th Anniversary this summer. UTA is a premier global talent and literary agency representing many of the world's most acclaimed figures in every new and emerging area of entertainment and media, which additionally provides corporate consulting, venture funding and strategic advisory services to companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

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