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Project Anime: Los Angeles 2019

New Speakers to Discuss “Where Hollywood Meets Anime”


Santa Ana, Calif. (May 10, 2019) – The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is excited to announce the first round of speakers for Project Anime: Los Angeles. The networking event to be held July 2 and 3 will feature two programming tracks, one focused on providing guidance and expertise to anime event organizers attending from all parts of the world, and the other on the convergence of Hollywood and anime.


“Since its inception, Project Anime has served the needs of the global anime event community, and it will continue to do so as it grows and evolves,” noted Ray Chiang, CEO, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation.  “Each year Project Anime links industry professionals to event organizers in order to promote growth in anime and events worldwide. We believe that 2019 Project Anime: Los Angeles will deliver an exciting, diverse group of speakers from a variety of industries, all who will share their insight and expertise with the attendees.”


Project Anime: Los Angeles attendees will interact with producers, creators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and more from across the globe, all committed to the integration of Anime in film and strategies for businesses and events.


Project Anime: Los Angeles will offer two tracks of content: “Where Hollywood Meets Anime” and “Anime Events.” For the Hollywood track, speakers from a wide-range of companies including Hasbro and Entertainment One’s Secret Location will give insight on how best to license from and work with the Japanese companies that own some of the biggest properties in the world. Confirmed speakers include:


  • Vincent Imaoka, Head of Toy Acquisitions at Hasbro
  • Michael Masukawa, Manager of Strategy and Business Development of two-time Emmy® Award-winning Secret Location – an Entertainment One company
  • Marlene Sharp, Director, Production at LEVEL-5 abby, home of YO-KAI WATCH
  • Deborah Gilels, publicist for Lupin the 3rd Part 4 on Adult Swim, Megalobox on Crunchyroll and Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • Kaz Sasajima, Sr. Director, Media Unit, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas


The “The Growth of Anime Events” programming will report on current trends and how it will affect the growth of your event and discuss best practices in today’s pop culture convention market to ensure success.


“I’m so excited to be working with such talented people,” added Dallas Middaugh, Project Anime event producer and founder of Nonlinear World. “The level of experience here is breathtaking, and this is just scratching the surface – we have a ton more people to announce in the weeks to come!”


The program schedule and speaker information can be found below:


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 visit


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


About Nonlinear World

Founded in 2018, Nonlinear World is a pop culture consultancy working with clients in manga, comics, and anime. Owner Dallas Middaugh is the founder (or co-founder) of several manga publishing companies and imprints, including Penguin Random House’s Del Rey Manga, Seven Seas, and Kodansha Comics. 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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