Dentsu Entertainment USA
Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. (DEUSA) is a leading independent production and finance company devoted to developing original animated content for broadcasters and media companies in the US and around the world.
Founded in 2010 in Santa Monica, California, DEUSA had an immediate impact on children’s animation creating original series like MONSUNO for major networks like Nickelodeon, Disney XD, Nicktoons, etc. as well as localizing hit shows such as YO-KAI WATCH, LBX, and DELTORA QUEST. Content produced by DEUSA has aired on various affiliate networks and terrestrial broadcasters in over 160 countries worldwide.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest advertising agency and leading producer of Japanese animation, Dentsu, Inc., DEUSA leverages its parent company’s longstanding relationships with Japanese intellectual property (IP) holders to identify globally recognized characters and brands to adapt into original animation programs with worldwide appeal. DEUSA works closely with the IP creators paying homage to the existing brand while expanding upon the universe in new and exciting ways that appeal to new fans and die-hards alike. Currently DEUSA is working with Capcom on a new original series based on MegaMan with a target airdate of 2017, coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the franchise.
Yuichi has been managing DEUSA since 2014. During his tenure he successfully distributed MONSUNO in Asia and LBX and Yo-kai Watch in North America, but his passion has been to produce original content based on Japanese IP for the global market. Most recently, he acquired the TV series option rights of the iconic video game character MEGAMAN from Capcom and is developing it with American talent. Yuichi received a BA in Policy Management at Keio University and an MFA in Producing at American Film Institute. During his free time Yuichi goes trekking and enjoys nature with his wife and young daughter.
Senior Vice President – Global Strategy & Development
Prior to Dentsu Entertainment USA, Marc worked in licensing, merchandising and promotions with Paramount Pictures (on Star Trek & Forrest Gump); licensing and promotions with Marvel (on Spider-Man & X-Men); and with his own agency for merchandising and content exploitation for Electronic Arts (on Ultima & The Sims); Artisan (on Blair Witch & Reservoir Dogs); Pioneer/Geneon (on Tenchi Muyo & Akira); as well as with Dreamworks (on Madagascar & Over the Hedge). When not at work, Marc guides and monitors the activity of two teenagers …and tries to find time for fishing, riding motorbikes, and more cartoons.
Vice President – Production & Development
Yukio is a bilingual animation producer with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University. His qualifications include 14 years of experience in acquisition, development, pre-production, production, post-production, and localization of animated TV programs. His experience includes adaptations of Japanese content for US broadcasting, and production of an original animation content with American creatives and Japanese animation studios. Most notably, he produced MONSUNO with four large international corporations. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with his son.
Director of Development
Ian transitioned to the entertainment industry after a brief but successful stretch working in derivatives at Morgan Stanley. He spent several years at the Gersh Agency in the motion picture literary department working with established writers and directors and finding new talent. He worked with an Academy Award nominated producer to option an award winning Japanese novel that is currently in development as a feature film. He joined DEUSA in 2015 where he is in charge of finding new material and developing the stories and scripts. Ian received a BSBA in Entrepreneurial Finance from Babson College and an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute. He also studied at Waseda University. When not at work Ian can likely be found at the gym or the local multiplex.
Alice graduated from Keio University with a BA in Law and began her career as Payment and Settlement System Expert at Central Bank of Japan. She spent three years assisting research and translation projects. Her following position was a project under Ministry of Defense of Japan as a translator and negotiator agent, which eventually brought her to Los Angeles. In early 2015, she joined DEUSA team as Administrative Coordinator, mainly supporting the Accounting Department. After regular office hours, she moonlights as a Sommelier, enjoying her hobby/work in wine.