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Project Anime: Tokyo 2019 Announces Speakers For March 22 Event

B2B conference to promote international growth in anime and events


Santa Ana, Calif. (March 08, 2019) – The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is thrilled to announce the first round of speakers for Proiect 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 IP 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) 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.


“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 speaker information can be found below:


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


About SPJA

SPJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please


About Project Anime

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


Nonlinear World

Founded in 2018,  Nonlinear World is a pop culture consultancy working with clients in manga, comics, and anime on events, publishing, marketing, and industry analysis.  Owner Dallas Middaugh is the founder of several manga publishing companies and imprints, including Penguin Random House’s Del Rey Manga in 2004, Seven Seas in 2005, and Kodansha Comics in 2010. Before founding Nonlinear World, Middaugh spent four years at Crunchyroll managing the manga program, overseeing events, and creating and/or executing Crunchyroll Expo, Crunchyroll Movie Night, and the Anime Awards.


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