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Tokyopop Founder Stu Levy To Speak At Hakaya Misk In Abu Dhabi

Producer and Manga Publisher to Lead Workshops Across Multiple Topics November 29 – December 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA–One week ahead of the Hakaya MiSK 2 in Abu Dhabi, an event dedicated to cultivating leadership among the youth of Saudi Arabia, TOKYOPOP®, a POP Media Holdings company, announces the participation of founder Stu Levy in the event!

Over the course of four days, Levy will host discussions to help guide young creatives in their pursuits in various forms of entertainment; from comics and manga to film and television.

Topics include:

  • Writing for Film/TV and Adapting Comics to Film/TV - Tips about story development for screens big and small, as well as adapting comic books for film and television
  • Writing for Comics & Manga - How to craft your own comic book or manga
  • Pitch Session- An exclusive opportunity to gain feedback on your comic book project from TOKYOPOP founder and publisher
  • Introduction to China

Edward Abankwa from the Hakaya MiSK Abu Dhabi team said, "We are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Levy at our event in Abu Dhabi - many young people in the Middle East are fans of manga and learn to draw. His considerable experience will add tremendous value to the event!"

“I'm honored to be invited by the MiSK Foundation, established by the Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman, to speak at their upcoming cultural event,” said Stu Levy. “There is a burgeoning scene of manga creation in the Middle East, and I'm looking forward to meeting a number of young artists, writers and filmmakers.”

Most recently, Levy appeared at the Chinese American Film Festival, where he presented an award on behalf of City of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti to James Su, chairman of CAFF. Additionally, he gave welcoming remarks at CAFF's China-Hollywood Co-Production Conference at Paramount Studios, along with an introduction to the Producers Guild of America, with a speech at an evening pitch event for Chinese writers and filmmakers. Stu currently serves International Chair of the PGA, a committee he established at the PGA over 10 years ago, working closely with co-chair William Stuart and over 50 PGA members to build out an international network of producer affiliates spanning over 20 countries including Italy, France, UK, New Zealand, Korea, Brazil, Jordan and others. More information can be found at https://www.producersguild.org/group/international.

About Stu Levy:
Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer across mediums including graphic novels, film, television and new media. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known for establishingthe manga market in North America.

As a producer, Stu has a number of live-action and animated feature films and television shows in various stages of development, including adaptations of Alex Unlimited and Mail Order Ninja. He produced English adaptations of television and home video anime series including the hits Initial D, GTO, and Rave Master. His first major studio feature film as Executive Producer was Priest, released theatrically worldwide in 2011 through Sony Pictures.

Stu has directed two feature films (his feature documentary Pray for Japan and his award-winning feature debut Van Von Hunter), the 8-episode docu-reality series America's Greatest Otaku, and several music videos. Stu wrote the Princess Ai and Juror 13 graphic novels, as well as Karma Club and Sailor Moon novels. Fluent in Japanese and a licensed California attorney, Stu serves as chair of the Producers Guild of America's International Committee, its Online Video Committee, and the PGAProducers Showcase (ProShow); He was previously a Board Member of its New Media Council. He actively oversees two YouTube Channels, one for TOKYOPOP and one for the PGA. His philanthropic activities over the years have included Japan's Tohoku tsunami recovery, projects with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and literacy advocacy. Besides speaking at numerous industry events and guest lecturing to students, Stu's an avid endurance athlete who compares himself to the Energizer bunny sans ears, a very amateur composer, and an iPhone-photo-trigger-happy foodie.

About POP Media Holdings
Founded in 1997 by filmmaker
and entrepreneur Stu Levy, POP Media Holdings brings Asian Pop Culture to
Hollywood and beyond. Its publishing company TOKYOPOP® established the
market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the
process. Over its history, POP has published thousands of books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content, including the mobile publishing platform POP Comics®. POP expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America's Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, and a slate of projects currently in development. Visit POP at www.TOKYOPOP.com, www.TOKYOPOP.de, www.POPcomics.com, and subscribe to TOKYOPOP TV for original web series and shows (www.YouTube.com/tokyopoptv).

About MiSK:

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation “MiSK” is a non-profit foundation devoted to cultivating learning and leadership in youth for the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow.

To this end, MiSK focuses on the country's youth and provides different means of fostering talent, creative potential, and innovation in a healthy environment that paves the way toward opportunities in the arts and sciences. MiSK (in English “musk”) derived its name from the heart of our Arab and Islamic heritage. That ancient perfume has been used for centuries as a symbol of generosity and benevolence; used by one yet its
perfume engulfs everyone.

The Foundation is invested in educating the youth in three wide fields; Education, Media & Culture. These pillars of knowledge will support and advance our country's future. Enabling the Saudi people to learn is a means to develop and drive advances across the business, technological, literary, cultural, and social aspects of our nation.

MiSK Foundation, established by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pursues these goals by both establishing programs and partnering with local and global organizations in diverse fields. Through a variety of incubators, the Foundation is helping to develop intellectual capital and unlock the potential of all Saudi people.

We believe that our organizational presence can support and enhance a knowledge-based society that values lifelong learning, which will bring fulfillment and value to the Saudi society. Our guiding principles are commitment, impact, and integrity.

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