SPJAThe Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularizing and educating the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. SPJA is thrilled to announce the first round of speakers for Project Anime: Tokyo, taking place at Landmark Square Tokyo on March 22. 

Started in 2012, Project Anime began as a single two-day event in Los Angeles, 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. It is now an international brand hosting events around the world. Their mission is to help facilitate communication, inspire vision, and promote the growth of the Japanese Pop Culture Business and Events Industry.

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.)

SPJA is also pleased to announce that industry veteran, Dallas Middaugh, has joined in a consultant capacity, where he is charged with curating content and new business development for Project Anime: Tokyo (March 22, 2019) and Project 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.

Dallas Middaugh

“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,” -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. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the SPJA to spread the word!" -Dallas Middaugh

The program schedule and additional speakers will be finalized in the coming days. Tickets are available now 

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
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