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ICv2: Funimation CEO is Most Powerful

posted on 2006-07-12 13:11 EDT
Also ADV chief, Adult Swim programmer

Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga is the most powerful person in the North American anime industry, according to ICv2. The pop culture retail news site interviewed "key players from all elements of the industry including the production companies, the distributors, and retailers" to reach its conclusion.

The full list:

1. Gen Fukunaga, President & CEO FUNimation Entertainment
2. John Ledford, CEO of ADV Films
3. Kim Manning, Programmer Adult Swim
4. Katsuhiko Tsurumoto, V.P. Business Development, Geneon
5. Anime Buyer, Best Buy
6. Hayao Miyazaki, Founder Studio Ghibli
7. Arthur Smith and Shin Ishikawa, GDH
8. John Easum, Executive Vice President Viz Media
9. Ken Iyadomi, CEO & President Bandai Entertainment
10. John Sirabella, CEO Media Blasters

"We asked our interview subjects to concentrate on the American side of the market," ICv2 writes, "and to look for those key figures who had influence not only over the actions of their own companies, but also over others not in their control."

This article has a follow-up: Anime Websites Make ICv2's Most Powerful (2006-07-13 19:25)

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