Sunday, June 15, 2008

TokyoPop Restructures

As some of the visitors to my blog may already know, TokyoPop, the company that named Gagaku Berceuse as the Best Horror Story in their 2007 Rising Stars of Manga competition, has gone through a restructuring process. You can find details about the restructuring at the Publisher's Weekly website by clicking on the title of this post.

The most direct impact on our efforts to turn Ghost Ensemble, the name of the pilot we are creating based on Gagaku Berceuse, is having Hope Donovan, the editor we were working with, be one of the thirty-nine editors laid off in the restructuring. Hope was very enthusiastic about the project, and gave us a lot of very constructive criticism during its development process last summer when we began pitching it to TokyoPop. Her enthusiasm and her feedback were one of the factors in us getting as far as we have so far. I sincerely hope I can work with her again in the future, wherever she may end up, and wish her the best in getting there as soon as possible.

Ghost Ensemble, along with the rest of the Shinning Stars Pilot program, has been transferred to TokyoPop Media, which is being referred to as a 'Comics to film unit.' Jeremy Ross, whom William and I are have met before and are well acquainted with, will be running the program. I've already been in contact with him, getting him up to speed on where Ghost Ensemble is at this time. As of this week, we are completely caught up with our contractual obligations as to the material we need to have produced and are working on the final version of the pilot.

With half of their editorial staff gone, it's reasonable to assume that everything is up in the air over there. William and I can only keep doing the best we can and deal with whatever changes come our way.



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