Entertainment Head breaks silence on AniMEGA cancellation, hints at possible revival.
On the sidelines of Cosplay Mania 12 last Saturday, ZEN Otaku Honbu has talked to Perci Intalan, the Head of Entertainment & Creative Division of TV5.
TV5 was one of the media partners of the event, promoting their TV shows Enchaned Garden, Kapitan Awesome, and the upcoming show Kidlat.
Intalan called Cosplay Mania “the heart of it all” in citing their reason for promoting their TV shows, as well as launching the channel’s new fantasy series.
When asked about the channel’s presence in Cosplay Mania, he says that “We have always supported cosplayers… and we have always put cosplay on high regard,” even mentioning about their previous cosplay events.
The TV5 executive explains that while the youth audience is still part of their target demographic, “We’ve gone broader, to be honest… because broadcasting is mass marketed, we have up to the older viewers.”
He also says that the channel’s core audience are the kids & youth, and they are still able to reach young viewers through their western animation and fantasy programs.
Intalan acknowledge that the cancellation of TV5 AniMEGA timebelt was “a very painful decision for us,” but also clarifies that the difficulty in acquiring broadcast rights for certain anime series and the need to expand their viewership base were the main factors in reaching the said decision.
That said, he assured AniMEGA fans that “we hear you, and we appreciate the feedback” and that the cancellation of AniMEGA “doesn’t mean that we are turning our backs from it.”
He even hinted at the possibility of launching an all anime channel in future, but gave no further details.
In the final minutes of the interview, Intalan congratulated the organizers of Cosplay Mania 12 and said that this will be “the first of many” more appearances for TV5 in the anime convention scene.
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