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In 2019, Project Anime focused on the partnerships between Japanese content professionals and the Hollywood film industry. At the Tokyo conferences, Legendary Entertainment and SUNRISE announced its plans for a live-action Gundam film. In addition, Project Anime also released its first White Paper on the state of the manga market, authored by Dallas Middaugh of Nonlinear World.

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March 22, 2019 at The Landmark Square

Keynote: “Hollywood Meets Anime” moderated by Matt Schley (The Japan Times, Otaku USA Magazine)

Matt Schley hosts a conversation with Ken Iyadomi of SUNRISE and Robert Napton of Legendary Pictures about the two companies’ collaboration on the upcoming Gundam movie.

Keynote session covered on Anime News Network!
  • Guest Acquisition and Handling
  • How to Market Japanese IP at U.S. Conventions
  • 360 Anime: How U.S. Companies are Handling a Lot More Than Just Streaming Rights


Founder & CEO, Nonlinear World

The Japan Times, Otaku USA Magazine

President and Head of Acquisitions, Crunchyroll K.K.

Chief of Department, Dream Planet


SVP Publishing, Legendary

Owner, JBranding

Sr. Mgr, Conventions, Funimation

Los Angeles

July 2 – 3, 2019 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

KEYNOTE: Spotlight on… Elie Dekel, Executive Vice President Brand Development & Consumer Products at Legendary Entertainment

Elie Dekel has been involved with some of the most influential and well known Japanese properties in the world, including Godzilla and Power Rangers. Dallas Middaugh talks with him about his many interesting experiences and behind-the-scenes stories.

Keynote session covered on Below The Line News!
  • Where Hollywood Meets Anime
    • How to Pitch to Japan
    • Adapting Japanese Properties for a Western Audience
    • The Role of the Independent Producer
    • Creative Differences: When East Meets West
    • Anime Movies in Japan
  • The Growth of Anime Events
    • Sponsorships and Advertisements for Events
    • Working with Japan: Assets and Guest Relations
    • Fashion Programming for Japanese Culture Events
    • Esports and the the Importance of Telling A Good Story
    • Anime Cons in the #MeToo Era
    • Crisis Center: Preparing for the Unexpected
    • Acquiring and Funding Concerts
    • Bootlegs and How to Deal with Them
    • Social Media Management & Community Management


Communications Director, Anime Milwaukee/Colorado Anime Fest

Fashion Expert

Co-Chair, MomoCon

President, GKIDS

Chief Creative Officer, Marza Animation Planet


Head of Studio, Octopie

Sr. Account Manager, Aloompa

Producer, Project Z

Owner, JBranding

Esports Expert

VP of Events & Social Media, Team Envy / Dallas Fuel

Sr. Director, Media Unit, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Director/Producer, Level-5 Abby

CEO, Destination Esports & KidKesty Productions

Chairman, Anime Weekend Atlanta

CEO, Eleven Arts

Creative Executive, Paramount Pictures

Strategy & Bus. Dev. Mgr, Secret Location

President, Sentinel Security Consulting

Sr. Security Advisor, Sentinel Security Consulting

Director, Social Media & Editorial Programming, Crunchyroll

Sr. Mgr, Conventions, Funimation

VP International Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Head of Toy Acquisitions, Hasbro

Sr. Director of Programming, Fathom Events

Partner, Uslan Entertainment

Founder, Hypland Worldwide

Executive VP of Brand Development & Consumer Products, Legendary Entertainment

Director, Publishing Services, Penguin Random House

Publisher, Kodansha Comics

Director of Relations, Kumoricon


IP Lawyer and Former Associate General Counsel, Viz Media

Event Coordinator, American Cosplay Paradise


Executive Editor, IGN Entertainment