TOKYOPOP Taps Rene Garcia as VP of Film & TV

Former Craven-Maddalena president of production Rene M. Garcia has joined L.A.-based manga and animation house TOKYOPOP as VP of Film and Television.

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

With producing credits that most recently include a remake of The Lavender Hill Mob in development with director Dean Parisot, Garcia’s entertainment experience spans more than 20 years in film and television production and development. Prior to joining TOKYOPOP, Garcia produced feature projects for his Alomar Drive Pictures, and headed Craven-Maddalena’s production and development. His background also includes senior executive posts with Spelling Films and MTV: Music Television.

“Rene has the perfect blend of film and television know-how to take us to the next level,” says TOKYOPOP president and COO John Parker. “We are delighted to have him on our team.”

TOKYOPOP is a North American publisher of manga and holds exclusive rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music properties. The company’s TV properties include Rave Master, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.