Ken Tsumura to Oversee Production at Imagi Hong Kong
Hong Kong (October 9, 2007) – Imagi Animation Studios has appointed Ken Tsumura as Executive VP of Production, Hong Kong, it was announced by Francis Kao, Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer.
In the newly created position, Tsumura will assume oversight of all production and studio operations at Imagi headquarters in Chai Wan (Hong Kong). He will report jointly to Kao and Douglas Glen, Co- CEO.
“Ken has an impressive track record as a producer and a strong creative background,” stated Kao. “Imagi will benefit greatly from his experience and perspective as the studio continues its dynamic growth.”
“I'm thrilled to be joining the Imagi family whose members include some of the most gifted artists and talented executives in our industry today,” said Tsumura. “There's an incredible energy at this studio, which is at the leading edge of creativity and technology.”
Most recently Senior VP, Production & Technology, at Canada's Mainframe Entertainment, Ken Tsumura's production credits include Curious George (executive producer), Father of the Pride (producer) and Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (executive producer).
During the past 22 years, Tsumura has worked on projects at such prominent companies as DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Gracie Films and Electronic Arts.
Imagi Animation Studios is currently making Gatchaman, directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT), and AstroBoy, directed by Colin Brady (Toy Story 2, Everyone's Hero).
Gatchaman, scheduled for release in early 2009, will feature some of the most ambitious action sequences ever seen in animation. Set in a future world grappling with environmental and technological issues, the story focuses on five reluctant heroes whose remarkable genetic code makes them Earth's only hope of defeating extra-terrestrial invaders.
Slated for release later in 2009, AstroBoy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction.
Gatchaman and AstroBoy will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company.
Photo below is of Mr. Ken Tsumura
Imagi International Holdings Limited (“Imagi”) is a listed company (Stock Code 585) on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Imagi's principal business is the development and production of computer graphics (“CG”) animated theatrical feature films. Imagi's first theatrical movie TMNT was released in March 2007, opening #1 in U.S. box office revenue, only the third time in history that an Asian-made film has achieved that honour. Imagi has development operations in Los Angeles, California, and CG production studios at its Chai Wan (Hong Kong) headquarters.