LA EigaFest 2012 Business PanelLA EigaFest 2012 ビジネスパネル

Date: Dec. 15th 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (includes Networking Event)

Place: Loews Hotel Hollywood – Solano Canyon Room
The Solano Canyon Room is located on the Mezzanine Level of the hotel, floor “M” on the Hotel Elevators.

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Address: 1755 North Highland Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028

Parking: Hotel Valet Parking for the day is $15 for up to 4 hours or $20 for up to 10 hours.
You may also self-park in the Hollywood & Highland parking garage for $10.

Theme: What works? Bringing Japanese IP to Hollywoodテーマ: 日本の知的財産をハリウッドへ

4 professionals in the field of bringing Japanese IP to Hollywood have been invited as panelists and will discuss about the current situation, the challenges, and most importantly, the opportunities in this area. Topics will include remakes, co-production, and localization (voice overs and sub-titles).



  • Sandy Climan (CEO, All Nippon Entertainment Works)

    Sandy Climan is the CEO and Representative Board Director of All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), a global entertainment studio with offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles that adapts, co-develops and produces the best creative properties and brands from Japan into English language, global entertainment, in partnerships with established Hollywood
    studios and world-class filmmakers.

    Mr. Climan is also the founder of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc., a company active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies pushing forward the boundaries of media and entertainment.

  • Roy Lee (Producer, Vertigo Entertainment)

    Producer Roy Lee established the Hollywood based production company, Vertigo Entertainment, in 2001 with Doug Davison. He earned his first motion picture producing credit as Executive Producer on Gore Verbinski’s 2002 blockbuster “The Ring.” He went on to Executive Produce the 2004 “The Grudge,” which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and was based on the 2000 Japanese thriller, “Ju-On,” directed by Takashi Shimizu. In October 2006, Roy was Executive Producer of “The Departed,” a crime thriller at Warner Bros., directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. It was Scorsese’s highest grossing film and went on to win multiple Academy Awards including “Best Picture.”

  • Kelly C. Crabb (Entertainment Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin)

    Kelly Crabb is a partner in the Media, Entertainment and Technology Group, resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice emphasizes clients with an entertainment, sports, and media focus and includes a mix of sophisticated and complex financing, production, and content work for substantial U.S., Asian, and European companies. His practice areas include motion pictures, television, Internet, video games, print publishing and other content production, financing, distribution and exhibition; music business contracts; commercial endorsements and advertising; live events; content rights acquisition and licensing; corporate mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions; and matters related to the entertainment and music performance guilds.

  • Donald H. Hewitt (English Adaptation Screenwriter for Studio Ghibli Films)

    Don was educated at UC San Diego where he majored in film production (as well as economics.) Following writing assignments for Pixar and Working Title as well as selling a screenplay to Miramax, he (and his then partner Cindy) achieved acclaim for writing the English language screenplay for Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning film SPIRITED AWAY. They went on to write the English language screenplays for other Miyazaki films: NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PORCO ROSSO, and the Oscarnominated HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.


  • Hayato Mitsuishi (President, Japan Film Society)

    Hayato Mitsuishi is President and Co-Founder of the Japan Film Society (JFS) and Festival Producer of the LA EigaFest. He is also the President and CEO of Kevin’s Entertainment. He has worked with both public and private sectors with their initiatives to globalize the Japanese entertainment industry. Hayato co-founded JFS and started the LA EigaFest to create a platform to help facilitate these initiatives. Hayato received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and his BA from Keio University in Japan.


  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Break
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm: Q&A
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Networking Event


  • [Online]: $20 (Adults), $10 (Students with ID)
  • [Door]: $25 (Adults), $15 (Students with ID)

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