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SPEAKER - STUART LEVY

Mr. Stuart Levy- Founder of TOKYOPOP
February 7th 2006 - Speaker

Profile
EA-Tokyo will be bringing in 2006 with the founder and CEO of TOKYOPOP which is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation. TOKYOPOP has achieved success in manga publishing and development of manga related film, TV and digital entertainment on a global level with offices in Japan, the US, and Europe.

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Stuart Levy’s multifaceted entertainment background includes more than 12 years of experience in creative development, art direction, licensing, production, contract law and finance. He founded TOKYOPOP® in 1996, and through his leadership the company has become an influential youth-oriented entertainment brand and the top innovator of manga creation. Fluent in Japanese, Mr. Levy is also an accomplished author, producer, and music composer who frequently appears as a speaker at a number of worldwide events. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at U.C.L.A, Japan’s Waseda University and Australia’s Monash University, to name a few, and holds the position of International Committee Chairperson for the Producer’s Guild of America.

As TOKYOPOP’s CEO, Mr. Levy has raised over $12 million in equity, and has personally negotiated and completed licensing deals with dozens of international publishing, video game, animation, music, wireless and film companies. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, Levy has built an international bridge that has transformed the way teens worldwide experience pop culture. .

As the company’s CCO, Mr. Levy has launched all TOKYOPOP product lines, and continues to produce, create and shape content, in addition to overseeing property development and acquisitions. An artistic visionary, Mr. Levy’s production, music composition and writing talents have been the driving force behind the company’s premiere properties, such as Initial D, Rave Master and Princess Ai. .

Prior to founding TOKYOPOP, Mr. Levy created, produced and published innovative digital entertainment and educational properties. Mr. Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business from UCLA and has studied at Tokyo University and Keio University. He began his career as an attorney after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1991) and is a member of the California State Bar. .

Production Credits: .

Executive Producer - TV: .
Street Fury
GTO (Eng version)
Rave Master (Eng version)
Reign (Alexander Senki) (Eng version)

Executive Producer - DVD:
Initial D (Eng version)
Marmalade Boy (Eng version)
Saint Tail (Eng version)
Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School (Eng version)
Vampire Princess Miyu (Eng version)
Spring & Chaos (Eng version)
Brigadoon (Eng version)
Anime: Concept to Reality
FMW (Eng version)
High School Ghosthustlers (Eng version)

Producer – Film:
Princess Ai (in development)

Director – Film:
Princess Ai (in development)

Director - DVD
Spring & Chaos (Eng version)

Creator:
Princess Ai
Juror 13
Karma Club
Street Fury
Treasure Chess
Mixx TV

Writer:
Princess Ai
Juror 13
Karma Club
Sailor Moon
Stray Sheep
CD-ROM Best Selection ‘96
Numerous magazine articles

Composer:
Initial D - theme song (Eng version)
Reign (Alexander Senki) - theme song (Eng version)
Rave Master - theme song (Eng version)
GTO - theme song (Eng version)

Actor:
Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (FMW), Mixx TV

Translator:
Spring and Chaos, Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Ice Blade, Parasyte, Harlem Beat, Graduation (PC Game)

Web Designer:
Japanonline.com

www.tokyopop.com


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