PROJECT ANIME: TOKYO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR MARCH 22 EVENT

Santa Ana, Calif. (March 7, 2019) - The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is thrilled to announce the first round of speakers for Project Anime: Tokyo, taking place at Landmark Square Tokyo on March 22. Project Anime is a business conference series created by the SPJA to increase awareness and knowledge of the anime industry throughout the world, giving Japanese Intellectual Property holders, event organizers, and global entertainment companies the insight they need to support and take advantage of the massive worldwide interest in anime.

Speakers will discuss topics ranging from the rise of anime in Hollywood through movies like the upcoming Gundam movie from Legendary Pictures; to how anime and manga companies can best promote their properties at conventions; and to the state of the US manga market. Confirmed speakers include:

●       Matt Schley, reporter for The Japan Times, NHK, Crunchyroll

●       Ken Iyadomi, SUNRISE, Inc

●       Robert Napton, Vice President, Editorial Director Legendary Comics

●       Jon Baumgardner, owner of JBranding, Inc.

Additionally, industry veteran Dallas Middaugh has joined SPJA in a consultant capacity, where he is charged with curating content and new business development for Project Anime: Tokyo (March 22, 2019) andProject Anime: Los Angeles (July 2-3, 2019). With his company Nonlinear World, Middaugh will tap into his extensive network of contacts and pop culture expertise to cultivate partnerships that highlight and support business and event opportunities within the anime community.

“We’re excited to partner with Dallas on Project Anime. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the manga and anime field for nearly 20 years. We look forward to working with him to build and expand the scope of Project Anime,” noted Ray Chiang, CEO, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation.

“As the anime and manga market gets hotter and hotter, the need for an anime business conference has never been greater,” said Dallas Middaugh. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the SPJA to spread the word!

The program schedule and additional speakers will be finalized in the coming days. Tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-anime-tokyo-2019-tickets-48579945926

Project Anime: Tokyo (March 22, 2019)
Landmark Square Tokyo
Shinagawa Goos
3-13-3 Takanawa
Minato, Tokyo 108-0074, Japan

Project Anime: Los Angeles (July 2-3, 2019)
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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