Anime Matsuri hires former Anime Expo CEO, and announces Aniplex of America as Industry Exhibitor for 2017.

By May 31, 2016Operations

Marc Perez, a twelve year veteran of California-based Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation and former CEO of Anime Expo has joined Anime Matsuri as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee several department divisions and reports directly to the convention Chairman, Deneice Leigh.

“We constantly seek ways to improve Anime Matsuri. Marc’s experience and expertise with growing an event will strengthen our expanding organization. We look forward to his team building skills while having him be a part of our AM family.”
– Deneice Leigh, Chairman of Anime Matsuri


Anime Matsuri® “AM” is also proud to announce Aniplex of America as the first Industry Exhibitor for the AM 2017 event on April 7-9, 2017 at The George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. The anime production giant joins over 160 other exhibitors and will be showcasing its current titles and giving the attendees and a look at its upcoming slate.

“We are taking the next logical step in expanding our event and increasing our industry participation. The partnership with Aniplex USA will bring quality content and significant growth opportunity to Anime Matsuri. The fans have requested a closer interaction with anime industry and we are happy to provide that opportunity.”
– Deneice Leigh, Anime Matsuri Chairman
 “Anime Matsuri brings the type of energy that gives us the opportunity to serve our rapidly growing customer base in the Southern region of the country. We are excited to give the fans, old and new alike, a closer look at our intellectual properties at our exhibit booth. Please join us in Texas in April 2017.”
– Hideki Goto, President of Aniplex USA
About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is the leading provider of anime contents, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as: ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI (High School Fleet).

Erza Scarlet, from Fairytail by Kitsune Cosplay at the #AM2017 Cosplay Contest! (Photo by Luxe Studio Productions)
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