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 Inc. established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process.
In 2004, German comics & manga publishing guru Dr. Joachim Kaps joined forces with POP to establish TOKYOPOP GmbH in Germany. Through both entities, TOKYOPOP® has published thousands of books in both English and German languages, as well as distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, and created graphic novels of both original content and major IP adaptations.
In various incarnations, POP has led the way digitally with early moves in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content, including the recently launched manga & comics mobile publishing platform POP Comics®, which unites creators and fans.
POP's production arm has produced live-action and animated content spanning feature film, television and online. Projects have ranged from Japanese and Asian anime and live-action acquisitions to original developments based on POP's IP library, including Priest, America’s Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, Riding Shotgun, and upcoming Chinese co-productions Knockout Girls and Juror 13.
POP is active in China, working with media company Artention Films Corp on a slate of five co-productions, and in Korea, partnering with a major "web toons" company. Besides its offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hamburg, Hong Kong & Shenzhen, POP boasts a network of over 160 licensing and business partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages.
MULTI-CULTURISM & DIVERSITY
We do not believe that any one culture should dominate the world and are dedicated to introducing a broad range of cultures and perspectives to wide audiences. Our stories and our team reflect diverse values that are respectful of all perspectives, across race, religion, gender & sexual preference.
AESTHETICISM & ARTISTIC INTEGRITY
We believe in artists are fight to support and facilitate their dreams. An artist's tools may be a pen, a brush, a computer, a musical instrument or even a voice - and at POP we are dedicated to encouraging the artist in everyone.
PASSION & POSITIVE STORYTELLING
Without passion, art is without a soul. And without positivity, the world is a hate-filled, ugly place. While we are respectful of all emotions and expressions of such feelings, ultimately we believe we can change the world through meaningful - and positive - storytelling.