Funimation just announced that it has acquired the US Internet streaming and home video rights to Last Exile - Fam, The Silver Wing, a follow up Gonzo's 2003 anime Last Exile.
Fam, The Silver Wing marks the return of director Koichi Chigira, character designer Range Murata and production designer Makoto Kobayashi, but features a new story with new main characters and production designs.
The world premiere will take place at this year's Anime Expo, which runs from July 1-4 in Los Angeles. To commemorate the announcement—which also marks Gonzo's 20th anniversary—Funimation is also offering a slew of Last Exile related events at AX. More details here.
Of particular interest is the following from the page linked above:
"Adding to the LASTEXILE excitement, Anime Expo attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet the LASTEXILE -Fam, the Silver Wing- creative team straight from Japan for the World Premiere of the new series. Koichi Chigara (Series Director), Makoto Kobayashi (Mecanical Designer), Takaaki Suzuki (Setting, Script) and Hiroyuki Birukawa (Producer) will be joining fans for the premiere followed by a question and answer session on Saturday, July 2, 2011. They will also be present for autograph sessions during the convention."
© 2011 GONZO/Fam Partners