The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer

Sep 8th 2009

Update: SPJA updated this press release after it was first posted.


Anaheim, California (September 8, 2009) — The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announces Mr. Michael Lattanzio as President and Chief Executive Officer for the organization that oversees the nation's largest Anime and Manga convention Anime Expo®. More information can be found on the website HYPERLINK "http://www.spja.org" www.spja.org.

Mr. Lattanzio is a dynamic and innovative executive who has held leadership roles with top caliber companies such as Universal Studios, Inc, Universal Studios Japan, NBC Universal, and Westfield, LLC. He has earned a BS degree in Business Management and has also attained an MBA in Executive Management. “I look forward to working with an energetic Board of Directors, a talented managerial team, passionate staff and volunteer members, and all affiliated Anime and Manga entities. I plan to build on past successes and lead this extraordinary organization to new heights. The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation has certainly made a name for itself attracting millions of Anime and Manga enthusiasts. We will continue to deliver at the highest level, globalize our brands, establish new partnerships, and be recognized by the Anime and Manga population as the leader in our industry,” states Mr. Lattanzio.

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lattanzio will oversee the strategic vision of the SPJA, day-to-day operations, and the development of Anime Expo®-the nation's largest Anime/Manga convention that serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/comics industry.

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website www.spja.org.

About Anime Expo® Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2010 will be held July 1 – July 4, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website www.anime-expo.org.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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