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Production IG CEO Entrepreneur of the Year

posted on by Jonathan Mays
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa named Japan's Entrepreneur of the year and nominated for World Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, President of Production I.G, was awarded this year's Entrepreneur of the Year award for the country of Japan. Ishikawa's award in the Growth and Start Up category places him with past recipients like Sun Microsystems Co-Founder Scott McNealy (1987), Michael Dell of Dell Computers (1989), and Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee (1992). In May 2004, Ishikawa will join entrepreneurs in 35 other countries at the World Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Ishikawa, with Takayuki Goto, founded Production I.G in 1987. The company has since produced some of the most successful anime ever made, including Patlabor, Evangelion (co-production with Gainax) and Ghost in the Shell; recently I.G also provided several minutes of animation for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

In an interview with Anime News Network in 2000, Ishikawa told ANN that I.G was founded to create original anime that was independent of manga, a task his company has acomplished several times now with projects such as Blood: The Last Vampire and Kaidomaru.

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