Stu Levy Founder & CEO
Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known for establishing the manga market in North America. As a producer, Stu has a number of feature films and TV shows in various stages of development, including adaptations of the books Alex Unlimited, Riding Shotgun, Earthlight and Mail Order Ninja. He produced English adaptations of many anime series including the hits Initial D, GTO, and Rave Master.
His first studio feature film as Executive Producer was Priest, released theatrically in 2011 through Sony Pictures. Stu has directed two feature films (feature documentary Pray for Japan and award-winning feature debut Van Von Hunter), docu-reality series America’s Greatest Otaku, and several music videos. Stu created and wrote the chart-topping graphic novel Princess Ai with Courtney Love, as well as the novels Juror 13, Karma Club and Sailor Moon.
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 PGA ProShow, and was previously a Board Member of its New Media Council. He actively oversees two YouTube Channels and is developing a mobile platform for reading comics. His philanthropic activities have included Japan’s tsunami recovery, projects with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and literacy advocacy. Besides speaking at numerous industry events and guest lecturing, Stu’s an avid endurance athlete, an amateur composer, and a photo-trigger-happy foodie.
Kevin Richardson Producer Partner & Head of Scripted Content
Kevin Richardson is Producing Partner and Co-Head of Scripted for TOKYOPOP Media. He, along with founder Stu Levy, are spearheading the company’s efforts to develop and produce content from the industry’s most compelling and diverse voices.
Kevin started off as a television actor before transitioning to a major studio Creative Executive and now TV and Film Producer. His blended background has given him the vision and know-how to develop some of television’s most iconic and popular shows.
Being an executive that talent trust and value, Kevin has also served as a go-to consultant for writers and directors with deals and projects at Netflix, WarnerMedia, Warner Bros Film, Alcon, Fox, CBSTV Studios and HBO.
Kevin's track record as a creative executive includes such hits as the historic first season of Fox’s Empire, as well as 24: Live Another Day, Glee, Raising Hope, Mind Games, Hieroglyph, Runner, and The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams.
Lukasz Luczak POP Comics
As founder and CEO of the technology company Weblify, Lukasz Luczak is a specialist in web and mobile applications design and development.
Lukasz gained technical and business experience after joining leading enterprise software manufacturer SAP soon after graduating from computer science. After many successful projects for the biggest polish and international companies including Novartis, T-Moblile, Carlsberg and Bauer he quit the corporate environment to start his own business.
He is well known for pushing new technologies into working products. He is also recognized for being a leader of a number of locally ignited startups. Lukasz is connected to IT people and the developers at the biggest polish companies thanks to his 17 years experience in IT sector.
Kim Zheng China Partnership
Kim Zheng is the founder and president of Artention Films Company, based in Shenzhen, China. With a global perspective and China roots, she aims to bring the best resources from the world together and create internationally acclaimed feature films that can truly travel. Growing up in many countries, she has always considered promoting cross culture understanding as one of her primary goals. She devotes herself to support young and talented filmmakers through various incubating programs and educational events.
Kim also has extensive experience in the art and culture industry. She is a veteran in China’s print-on-demand and self-publishing industry, while she has also worked enthusiastically in promoting performing arts in China. As a champion in contemporary art, she sponsored student competition and production of various art derivative products. Kim is also a writer that has won numerous awards. She was the deputy editor for UK’s largest Chinese language magazine, and later served as a column writer for several leading newspapers in China. Kim received her Master of Arts degree from Yale University, and a Bachelor degree with First Class Honors from the University of Nottingham in the UK.