Spider-Man Producer Avi Arad Becomes I.G. USA Chairposted on 2010-08-25 08:43 EDT
IG Port, the parent company of the anime studios Production I.G and Xebec, announced on Monday that film producer Avi Arad has been installed as chairperson of Production I.G's American affiliate, Production I.G., LLC. Through Arad's connections, Production I.G., LLC. plans to strengthen and expand its global animation production efforts and business development. Production I.G established its American arm in Los Angeles in May of 1997.
Arad has been prominent in Hollywood industry circles as a major producer behind the Marvel Studios film franchises such as X-Men, Spider-Man, and Iron Man. Arad is still involved in the Marvel films, but he resigned as the head of Marvel Studios to form his own production company in 2006.
Arad is also involved in DreamWorks' upcoming live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's science-fiction manga Ghost in the Shell. Production I.G already adapted Ghost in the Shell into a well-known anime franchise.
Production I.G had previously confirmed at Anime Expo in July that it is working with Arad to create a comic titled Innocent (not to be confused with Production I.G's animated film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence). Arad is also involved as an executive advisor in Namco Bandai's efforts to adapt the Pac-Man video games for television again.
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