Gonzo Vice President Ryōichi Katsumura Takes Over as President

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Former president Shinichirō Ishikawa stays on as board member

Anime studio GONZO changed its president on September 1. Former representative director and vice president Ryōichi Katsumura became representative director and president. The previous representative director and president Shinichirō Ishikawa is now a company board member but no longer a representative.

Katsumura previously worked as the head of advertising agency Asatsu-DK's corporate headquarters in Tokyo. In addition to Katsumura and Ishikawa, GONZO's board of directors includes Kenji Ōshiba, Yoshitaka Ishiwata, and Hiroshi Sasaki. All three have worked for Asatsu-DK.

Former Gainax members founded the anime studio GONZO in 1992. It merged with Shinichiro Ishikawa's Digimation company in 2000 and a new parent company, GDH (which stands for Gonzo Digimation Holdings), was formed. GDH absorbed GONZO in 2008 and adopted the name GONZO for itself. The Tokyo Stock Exchange listed GONZO in 2004, but it delisted the company in 2009. The company was restructured through investment funds, and Asatsu-DK acquired and made GONZO a consolidated subsidiary in 2016.

Asatsu-DK is producing the Space Battleship Tiramisu, Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-, and Conception television anime this year, while its subsidiary NAS is producing Hinomaru Zumō. Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- premiered in April, and the second season of Space Battleship Tiramisu will premiere with Hinomaru Zumō and Conception in October. GONZO is producing the animation for all the series.

Source: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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