MONTREAL, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Two-time Emmy award recipient,
Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced today the signing of a distribution
agreement with HeARTBIT Digital Creation, one of Japan's leading
animation players, officializing the distribution of Toon Boom® Storyboard Pro™ and Harmony™ in Japan and their localization for the Japanese market. During the
provincial trade mission led by The Honourable Jean-François Lisée,
Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External
Trade, Joan Vogelesang, Toon Boom's president and chief executive
officer signed the distribution agreement with Hitoshi Kumagai,
HeARBIT's chief executive officer.
"I am proud that our trade delegation to Japan is made up of
representatives from companies and organizations at the forefront of
their respective sectors such as Toon Boom. Their creativity and
innovation in the field of animation technology illustrates just how
Québec and Japan share a strong spirit for innovation," said Minister
"It is a great honor to bring our relationship with Toon Boom to the
next level. To that end, we have increased our presence at the upcoming
Japan Anime Fair to showcase Toon Boom technology to the local
community," stated Mr. Hitoshi Kumagai, chief executive officer of
HeARTBIT Digital Creation.
"We are confident Harmony and Storyboard Pro will be well-received by
the Japanese animation industry, knowing its latest version entirely
fits the unique Japanese production methodology. HeARTBIT is the ideal
partner to undertake this venture and we look forward to great success
with them," said 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 HeARTBIT Digital Creation
HeARTBIT Inc. was founded in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 2001 by Hitoshi
Kumagai (present CEO). Until now, they have created as many as 200
titles of mobile contents in Japan. In this growing mobile content
market, which is closely related to the Anime industry, their products
account for more than half of all the productions in Japan. They have
been granted approval by the copyright holders of major Japanese Anime
and Manga publishers.
In recent years, they have been designing and developing more varieties
of digital content, including Android/iOS apps, SNS games, 3DCG, and
more, along with the rapidly changing digital content industry
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Toon Boom Animation Inc.
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