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Asmik Ace enters percentery biz

First to be signed is toon maker Michael Arias

TOKYO — Leading indie distrib and producer Asmik Ace has entered the artist management biz, the company announced on Friday.

The first to be signed is toon maker Michael Arias, who will work with Asmik Ace as a director, VFX supervisor, producer and coordinator.

A veteran CG effects specialist who has been working in Japan since the early 1990s, Arias produced the “Animatrix” toon project for the Wachowskis. Last year he made his feature directorial debut with “Tekkonkinkreet,” a toon set in a retro-future Tokyo, based on a comic by Taiyo Matsumoto. Arias is in pre-production on a live-action pic that Asmik Ace will produce and distribute.

A leading distrib of American, European and other indie pics, Asmik Ace has been moving into production, including the period drama “Sakuran,” which preemed internationally at the Berlin Film Festival last year.

The company also has coin in the Canada-Italy-Japan co-prod “Silk.”

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