Geneon Universal Entertainment
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|Type||Animation film studio and a subsidiary of Universal Pictures International|
|Founded||March, 1981 (as Pioneer LDC)
October, 2003 (as Geneon Entertainment)
February, 2009 (as Geneon Universal Entertainment)
|Headquarters||Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan|
|Products||Animated feature films (Anime)|
|Parent||Pioneer Corporation 1981–2003
NBC Universal's Universal Pictures International Entertainment (80.1%) 2008–present
Dentsu (19.9%) 2003–present
Universal Music Group
|Divisions||Rondo Robe (animation)
Sistus Records (record label, with Rainbow Entertainment)
Orumok Records (record label)
Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan, LLC. (ジェネオン・ユニバーサル・エンターテイメントジャパン合同会社 Jeneon Yunibaasaru Entateinmento Godo-gaisha ) (formerly known as Pioneer LDC – Pioneer LaserDisc Company, a former subsidiary of Pioneer Corporation) is a Japanese music, anime and home entertainment production and distribution enterprise headquartered in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Geneon has been involved in the production and distribution of several anime in Japan. Geneon's North American branch (originally founded as Pioneer Entertainment) specialized in translating and distributing anime and related merchandise, such as soundtracks across the region. Geneon is a portmanteau of the English words, generate and eon. On February 1, 2009, Geneon merged with Universal Pictures Japan into Geneon Universal Entertainment.
Geneon Universal was originally formed under the name Pioneer LDC in 1981. In July 2003, the company was acquired by Japanese advertising and marketing company firm Dentsu and renamed to Geneon Entertainment, while its North American division, Pioneer Entertainment, was renamed to Geneon USA (however, the renaming to Geneon USA completely took effect in February 2004 since Geneon USA's DVDs released up to January 2004 still had the Pioneer logo. Even after that renaming, the DVDs still had the Pioneer logo alongside with the Geneon logo, which lasted to February 2005 when the Pioneer logo was removed.).
They also signed a deal with Viz Media (then known as Viz Communications) to release their properties to DVD such as Pokémon and Ranma ½ before Viz began producing their own DVDs. Geneon also signed a deal with Funimation Entertainment to manufacture & distribute the home video releases of episodes 53/67 and the first three movies of Dragon Ball Z until Funimation began to dub the series on their own with an in-house cast.
In November 2004, Geneon USA signed a deal with Toei Animation to distribute some of their titles into the North American market. Launching titles included Air Master, Interlude, and Slam Dunk. However, in late 2006, the deal ended and all of the released titles went out of print.
In March 2007, Geneon became the exclusive North American distributor for Bandai Visual USA. Four months later, it was announced that ADV Films would take over the distribution, marketing, and sales of Geneon USA's properties in the United States, starting October 1, 2007. According to the announcement, Geneon USA would continue to acquire, license, and produce English subs and dubs of anime for release in North America. However, the deal was canceled in September before it was ever implemented, with neither company giving details as to why beyond stating they were "unable to reach a mutual agreement." On December 3, the Geneon USA division closed its doors, with titles solicited through November 5 shipped. Titles that were in mid-release or licensed but unreleased were left in limbo. The Bandai Visual USA titles that were being distributed by Geneon were not affected by this closure, though some were delayed while Bandai Visual found a new distributor.
Another North American anime distributor, Funimation Entertainment, began negotiating with Geneon USA to acquire some of the company's licensed titles. In July 2008, a formal arrangement was announced and Funimation acquired the rights to "manufacture, sell, and distribute" various Geneon anime and live-action titles. On November 12, 2008, Dentsu announced that it was selling 80.1% of its ownership in the company to NBC Universal's Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPI), which plans to merge the company with its Universal Pictures Japan division to form a new company. The merger closed on February 1, 2009. The new company is named Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan.
In 2006, Geneon was named "Best Anime Company" by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation.
- The Kuricorder Quartet
- The Indigo
- Stephanie Yanez
- Veltpunch (Evol/G.U.E.) 
- Anna Saeki
- Show Ska
- Sunaga T
- Hoff Dylan
- Sister Kaya
- Nagi Yanagi
- Jyukai (Sistus/G.U.E.)
- Manami Watanabe (Vocalist, Sistus/G.U.E.)
- Younha (Sistus/G.U.E.)
- Mizuno Saaya (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- N's (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Fumiko Orikasa (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Maon Kurosaki (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Yoko Takahashi (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- fripSide (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Karen Girl's (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Zettai Karen Children starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi and Haruka Tomatsu (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Kisida Kyodan (Rondo Robe/G.U.E.)
- Love Planet Five (Rondo Robe/G.U.E./I've Sound)
- C.G mix (Rondo Robe/G.U.E./I've Sound)
- Mitsuki Saiga (Cosmic★Motion/G.U.E.)
- Yoshiki Fukuyama (Seesonic/G.U.E.)
- Yū Asakawa (Seesonic/G.U.E.)
- Rio Natsuki (Seesonic/G.U.E.)
- Nobutoshi Canna (Seesonic/G.U.E.)
- Reiko Abe (Evolution/Dwango (Formerly distributed by G.U.E., now by Avex.)
- H.A.N.D. (disbanded 1996)
- Susumu Hirasawa (moved to Nippon Columbia, formed own independent company later on; Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack released on the U.S.A. by American subsidiary)
- P-MODEL (moved to Nippon Columbia, went independednt, broke up)
- Mayumi Iizuka (moved to Tokuma Japan Communications)
- Yoko Ishida (moved back to Nippon Columbia)
- Sora Izumikawa (founded Dog Rights)
- Tomomi Kahala (moved to Universal Music Japan, G.U.E.'s sister company)
- Katsumi (moved to Tricycle Entertainment)
- Tetsuya Komuro (moved to Avex)
- Kotoko (Rondo Robe/G.U.E./I've Sound (moved to Warner Music Japan)
- LauLa (moved to Universal Music Japan)
- Ken Matsudaira (moved to Avex)
- Monday Michiru (active with Grand Gallery)
- Keizo Nakamishi (moved to VAP)
- Tomoe Ohmi (Evolution/Dwango [Formerly distributed by G.U.E., now by Avex.])
- Masami Okui (Evolution/Dwango [Formerly distributed by G.U.E., now by Avex.] Moved to Pony Canyon)
- Sachi Tainaka (Sistus/G.U.E.) (moved to BounDEE)
- Penicillin (moved to Nippon Crown)
- Naomi Tamura (moved to King Records)
- George Tokoro (active with Avex)
- Volta Masters (moved to Avex)
- Toshinori Yonekura (moved to Universal Music Japan)
- Elisa (moved to SME Records)
Labels Distributed 
- "Dentsu acquires Pioneer". Anime News Network. July 21, 2003. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
- "Geneon Entertainment Signs Distribution Agreement With Toei Animation". Anime News Network. November 11, 2004. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
- "Toei DVDs Cancelled". Anime News Network. September 18, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
- "Bandai Visual USA New Licenses And Distribution Deal". Anime News Network. March 5, 2007. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
- "ADV Takes Over Geneon's Sales, Marketing, Distribution". Anime News Network. August 24, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
- "ADV Films, Geneon USA's Distribution Deal Cancelled". Anime News Network. September 20, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
- "Geneon USA Withdraws Appointment of Anime DVD Distribution Business to A.D. Vision" (PDF) (Press release). Dentsu. September 21, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
- "Geneon USA to Cancel DVD Sales, Distribution by Friday". Anime News Network. September 26, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
- "Bandai Visual USA Continues to Release New Titles as Scheduled" (PDF) (Press release). Bandai Visual. September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
- "Navarre/FUNimation Interested in Some Geneon Titles". ICv2. February 2, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
- "FUNimation Agrees to Distribute Select Geneon Titles". Anime News Network. July 3, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
- "FUNimation Entertainment and Geneon Entertainment Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for North America" (Press release). Anime News Network. July 3, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
- "Geneon to Merge with Universal Pictures Japan". Anime News Network. November 12, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
- "Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 22, 2009.
- "Akimbo Adds Geneon to Its Acclaimed Anime on Demand Collection". Anime News Network. June 13, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- "LINK". Evol Records. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- Official website (Japanese)
- Geneon Entertainment at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Geneon USA at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia