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Anime Central welcomes all members of the media who are involved in the anime, manga, and/or entertainment industry.  Members of the Press may be employed with a major media company, independent contractors, or professionals.

Press Registration

A Press Membership is not intended to provide preferential treatment for members of the Press at Anime Central.  However, it does offer unique opportunities to active media outlets through:

  • 1-on-1 and group interviews with Guests of Honor and Performers.
  • A private Press area in the Donald E Stevens Convention Center
  • As well as reserved Press seating at some events during the convention.

The requirements for registration have been revamped for 2023 and are posted below.  Please note that we now offer expanded options for members of the media to join us in coverage of the event as we celebrate Anime Central!  All outlets must have a minimum of (1) years’ activity and be updated regularly.  Other accounts outside of the outlet (including social media presence) as well as past interaction will be taken into account towards approval/denial of a Press Membership.

Approval for a Press Membership Badge may be for a complimentary (“Comp”) badge or a paid badge. Members of the Press who qualify for Press status but not a complimentary Membership badge may purchase one at the Professional rate (currently, $40/weekend).

If your outlet has multiple members, please verify that each member of the outlet is registered individually.  You will receive a confirmation email for each registration so you know it has been received. We suggest emailing your credentials to at this point as it will greatly speed up processing.

Press Approvals

If approved, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration for either a complimentary or paid Press Membership Badge, and important information regarding the convention. Please note that each approved outlet member will still be required to pick up their own badge and provide valid ID (either government-issued ID, or student ID for student media) at point of pickup.

If your request for a Press Membership Badge is declined, we invite you to attend Anime Central under general admission.  You are not required to have a Press Membership Badge to take photos or videos at the event!