Kun そうですね。やはりコミュニケーションの壁は大きいです。ひとつ例をあげると、ポーター・ロビンソンというEDM（エレクトロニック・ダンス・ミュージック）のアーティストがいます。彼はアニメーションが好きなミュージシャンなので、アニメーションを使ったMVを作りたいと考えていました。そこで、私たちがA-1 Pictures（エー・ワン・ピクチャーズ、日本のアニメ制作会社）と彼を繋げました。そしてアニメーションにインスピレーションをうけたMVを制作したのですがコミュニケーションが壁となり、実現させるのにとても苦労しました。結局、彼に1週間ほど日本に来てもらい、バイリンガルのプロデューサーと直接やり取りをしてもらい、大事なことはその期間内に全て終わらせました。
Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known for establishing the manga market in North America. Stu has produced English adaptations of many anime series including the hits Initial D, GTO, and Rave Master; executive produced the live-action feature film Priest; directed two independent feature films, a docu-reality series, and several music videos. Stu created and wrote the chart-topping graphic novel Princess Ai with Courtney Love, as well as the novels Juror 13, Karma Club and Sailor Moon, and is currently writing Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey. He founded digital platform POP Comics and is currently involved in a major crypto/blockchain project. Fluent in Japanese and a licensed California attorney, Stu has served as Producers Guild of America (PGA) Board Member; International Committee Chair and founder; Online Video Committee Chair and founder, and PGA Producers Showcase executive producer. His philanthropic activities have included Japan’s tsunami recovery, projects with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and literacy advocacy. Besides speaking at numerous industry events and guest lecturing, Stu’s an avid endurance athlete, an amateur composer, photographer and self-confessed foodie.
Co-Founder & GM, Crunchyroll
Kun is Co-Founder and General Manager of Crunchyroll, the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, with more than 35 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. As GM of Crunchyroll, Kun spearheads international content licensing, product, operation, monetization, marketing, and brand.
He brings 15 years of experience with consumer facing websites, including founding Frappr.com (acquired by Slide), and joining HOTorNOT. Kun graduated from U.C. Berkeley with honors B.S. in Electrical Engineer and Computer Science and B.A. in Applied Mathematics in 2004, and was a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon focusing on Database research.
President and CEO, Right Stuf
Right Stuf is North America’s largest specialty anime distributor, primarily selling through e-commerce at rightstufanime.com. The company also operates a publishing and licensing division under its Nozomi Entertainment label, and provides marketing and fulfillment support for other organizations and licensees within the market. Right Stuf celebrated 30 years of business in 2017.
Shawne Kleckner is one of the founders of the firm, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a prior recipient of the ACE North American Entrepreneur of the Year award, an Inc. 500 member, and has been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Inc. Magazine articles on entrepreneurship. Concurrent with his efforts at Right Stuf, Kleckner previously served as Vice President/CFO of Century Software Ltd. and Senior Vice President of Intersphere Lasergames. Kleckner currently is a member of the board of directors of Trinlogix, LLC, a software company specializing in three dimensional modeling of financial and other data for analysis, and is President of The Des Moines Zen Center, a Soto Zen Buddhist organization. He also serves as an advisor for Anime News Network. Outside of work, Shawne is active in community causes for mental health and the environment.
Director of Exhibitions, Anime Central
Phillip Ward-Schmidt is the Director of Exhibitions at Anime Central / MAPS. He oversees matters involving exhibitions, venue negotiations, third party service acquisitions, future planning, and operational impacts of event modifications. He has been a member of the organization for over a decade working to enhance and provide interactive experiences between attendees and industry partners, and cement the anime industry’s footprint in the American Midwest.