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.
Sousan Hensel TOKYOPOP Germany
Sousan Hensel brings to POP Media over twenty years of experience as an executive in sales and marketing, with an emphasis on publishing. She has worked more than ten years as a senior executive for some of the largest German publishing institutions such as Axel Springer and Bauer Media Group, after which she founded her own digital venture.
As a graduate in business, Sousan is experienced in working at international companies where her contributions included product innovation and implementation of digital solutions. She is highly connected in the German publishing industry, within which she has specialized in women’s issues, including magazines and romance fiction.
Sousan is bilingual in English and German and has lived in Chicago and Hamburg. A fan of learning new cultures, she enjoys travel, especially to the world’s most beautiful islands.
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.