VIZ Media have announced recently that they’ve struck up a partnership with the global talent and literary agency United Talent Agency (UTA), in order to set developments in motion for a broad range of live-action movies and TV shows based on titles from Viz’s manga and anime catalogue. They mentioned that these include Bleach, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note, One Piece and One Punch Man, none of them a surprise given their widespread appeal, reflected in the fact that they all regularly pop up in the New York Times bestsellers list.

UTA’s Book Department Co-Head Howie Sanders said “We are excited to start this partnership to push the boundaries of storytelling, innovation and character through VIZ Media’s prolific portfolio.” And Viz’s Chief Marketing Officer Brad Woods agreed, “The UTA partnership represents an important new direction for VIZ Media and our colleagues in Japan,” observing that “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,” Woods continued, “and their proven track record and strong relationships throughout the domestic and international entertainment sectors will be important factors as we move forward.”

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