Mark Lebowitz joins TOKYOPOP Inc. as cfo, with more than 15 years of proven financial and operational experience in the entertainment, distribution, media, international and manufacturing sectors. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment pro will use his strong analytical, leadership and business development expertise to champion the company's financial and operating performance and build upon the phenomenal success TOKYOPOP has seen in the past several years.
"We couldn't be more pleased to have secured someone of Mark Lebowitz's caliber for this important role," said John Parker, TOKYOPOP's president/coo "This is a tremendous time of growth for our company, and we are confident that Mark has what it takes to maximize our financial success."
As svp/cfo of Sony Pictures' worldwide television operations, Lebowitz led the financial and business development activities for the business unit and managed a staff of more than 100. He helped launch several new businesses and pay/cable networks, while achieving substantial cost savings and increased cash flow. Lebowitz has also held high-level executive finance positions with HarperCollins Publishers and Paramount Pictures Corp.
TOKYOPOP Inc. is the 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.