Stu Levy

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Stuart J. Levy
Alma materUniversity of California at Los Angeles, Georgetown University
OccupationProducer, director, and writer
TitleFounder and CEO of Tokyopop

Stuart J. Levy is an entrepreneur,[1] producer, director, and writer[2] across mediums including graphic novels, film, television and new media.[3]

Levy founded the media company Tokyopop and is known for establishing the manga market in North America.[4] He was an executive producer on the major motion picture Priest in 2011 distributed by Sony Pictures.[5] Additionally, he directed the documentary Pray for Japan and mockumentary Van Von Hunter.[6] Van Von Hunter won him "Best Director" at the Los Angeles based Mock Film Fest 2011.[7] He has written the Sailor Moon novels and created/wrote Princess Ai with singer Courtney Love.[8][9] Levy also is a chair of the International Producers Guild of America.[10][11] Levy appeared as a speaker for the Middle East Film & Comic Con 2018 for his experience as a businessman and producer/artist.[12] Levy's manga series, "Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey" was nominated for two 2018 Diamond GEM awards.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Announced in Greater Los Angeles; Award Winners Named at Gala Event on June 27". Business Wire. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Writer of the 'Nightmare Before Christmas' sequel comic just gave us a release date". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "ICV2 INTERVIEW: TOKYOPOP'S STU LEVY". ICv2. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ "The Muscle Behind 'Manga in America'". Pop Matters. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Stu Levy and the Rise and Fall of Tokyopop". Publisher Weekly. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: TOKYOPOP's Stu Levy Talks Disaster Doc 'Pray for Japan'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Award Winners 2011". Mock Film Fest. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Girl Power Fuels Manga Boom in U.S." The New York Times. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ "PRINCESS COURTNEY!". NME. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  10. ^ "PGA National Committees: International". Producers Guild of America. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Opening ceremony of Chinese American Film Festival held in LA". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Meet The Stars". MEFCC. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 DIAMOND GEM Award Nominees". Newsarama. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Tokyopop's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey Nominated for Diamond Gem Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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