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Former Wes Craven Prod. Prez Joins TOKYOPOP

TOKYOPOP Inc., one the leading U.S. publishers of Japanese-inspired graphic novels has enlisted former Craven-Maddalena president of production René M. García as vp, film & television. This move is a natural progression for the company as it plans to produce and package the fresh narrative energy of manga for Hollywood. García, along with exec director of development Steve Galloway, will help lead that charge.

"Manga's kinetic storytelling style and ever-increasing popularity put TOKYOPOP at the vanguard of a revolution in the entertainment industry," said García. "I can't imagine a cooler assignment than helping to bring the power of this character-driven art form to the screen."

García's extensive entertainment experience spans more than 20 years in film and television production and development. His most recent producing credits include a remake of THE LAVENDER HILL MOB in development with director Dean Parisot. Prior to joining TOKYOPOP, García produced feature projects for his Alomar Drive Pictures, and headed Craven-Maddalena's production and development. His impressive background also includes senior executive posts with Spelling Films and MTV: Music Television.

"René has the perfect blend of film and television know-how to take us to the next level," said TOKYOPOP president/coo John Parker. "We are delighted to have him on our team."

TOKYOPOP Inc. a leading North American publisher of manga, the fastest growing segment within the publishing industry. The firm holds exclusive rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music properties. TOKYOPOP television properties include RAVE MASTER, GTO and REIGN: The company pioneered Cine-Manga(TM), releasing such titles as FINDING NEMO, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, LIZZIE MCGUIRE, ASTRO BOY and TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. As a licensor, TOKYOPOP represents merchandising rights for RAVE MASTER, INITIAL D, STRAY SHEEP and others. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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