New York (October 9, 2018) – Mr. Masakuza Kubo, Director and Board Member Shogakukan Inc., and Senior Vice President Shogakukan-Shueishan Productions Co. Ltd., will receive the “Motion Picture Association Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator (ACE) Award” at the CineAsia Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong.
“Mr. Kubo is passionate about the creative content industry, and is truly dedicated to ensuring that the valuable work produced by filmmakers is effectively protected,” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of The Film Expo Group. “Over the years, we have been delighted to partner with the MPA in recognizing some of the most dedicated and enthusiastic advocates for the rights of those working in the creative industry. Their leadership is highly valued and we are pleased to honour them during CineAsia in December.”
Masakuza Kubo graduated from the Waseda University School of Education. He has spent his career working for the Japanese publishing and entertainment conglomerate Shogakukan in various creative, editorial and production capacities. Mr. Kubo spent many years contributing to the success of the incredibly popular comic Coro Coro, which was then adapted into the Doreamon television and film franchise. He now services as a Director and Board Member of the company. He has developed a keen interest in the protection of creative content and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He is a visiting professor at the Beijing Film Academy, a corporate executive at the Anime Times Company, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Mike Ellis, President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, Motion Picture Association, will also be awarded with the “Special Recognition Award” at the CineAsia Summit in honor of his service to the industry.
CineAsia will take place from 11-14 December 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. The CineAsia trade show is where cinema exhibition and distribution professional come to do business and network. The convention will also feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry.
About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces CineAsia, held in Hong Kong; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and ShowEast, held in Miami. Additionally, the group publishes, Film Journal International, a trade magazine and website covering the motion picture industry with a special emphasis on theatrical exhibition.
Additional information on CineAsia can be found at www.cineasia.com.
About GDC Technology Limited – Official Sponsor of CineAsia
GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’) is a leading digital cinema solutions provider. GDC develops, manufactures and sells media servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for the global cinema industry. GDC is a licensee of the DTS:X object-based immersive sound technology from DTS, Inc. for the development of its media servers. In addition, GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, a GDC subsidiary, manages VPF for over 6,300 theatre screens and with more than 650 studios or motion picture distributors worldwide. For more information, please visit www.gdc-tech.com.
About Hong Kong Tourism Board
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is the supporting organization of CineAsia. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is a government-subvented body tasked with marketing and promoting Hong Kong as a travel destination and enhancing visitors’ experience once they have arrived. In fulfilling its objectives, the HKTB organizes comprehensive campaigns and a year-round programme of events, which also serve to provide a business platform for travel-related sectors. The HKTB also established Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) to strengthen the city’s position as the prime destination for meetings, incentive trips, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) in Asia. MEHK offers extensive support services that make MICE events simple to setup and smooth to execute.