Jason Demarco has been named Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network's new senior vice president of anime & action series/longform programming.
Demarco has been with the company for over twenty years, and is one of the co-creators of Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Toonami aired the English dubs of shows such as Dragon Ball Z and Mobile Suit Gundam Wing in the late '90s and early '00s and is widely credited with helping to popularize anime with mainstream audiences in the west. According to Deadline, in his new position, Demarco will spearhead Warner Bros.' efforts to expand the company's anime production and partnerships with anime studios. The new executive will also oversee Warner Bros. Animation's action-based long form programming.
“I got into this business because I love action cartoons and storytelling,” DeMarco told Deadline. “Being able to work in anime and action development, two areas of animation I care about deeply, is a dream come true.”
Warner Bros. Animation is current co-producing the upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, an anime movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's celebrated fantasy epic. The new project is being directed by Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex and Eden of the East director Kenji Kamiyama, who is also working with Warner Bros. on the Blade Runner: Black Lotus CG anime series, which will premiere on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll later this year.
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