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New York Anime Festival Announces Programming Manager

Anime Veteran Peter Tatara Joins Reed Exhibitions

Norwalk, CT, April 25, 2007: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced anime industry veteran Peter Tatara has joined the show as its Programming Manager. Tatara will be responsible for crafting the first NYAF’s look, feel, programming, and marketing. A former Marketing Manager at anime distributor Central Park Media and manga publisher Be Beautiful Manga, Tatara comes to NYAF with a background in both the anime industry and anime community as a whole. He recently served as Anime Programming Manager at New York Comic Con 2007 and will now be channeling his efforts into the inaugural NYAF.

The New York Anime Festival takes place December 7-9, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival will showcase the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival will feature exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explore the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese apparel, cuisine, and life.

“We’re tremendously excited to have Peter working with us,” John McGeary, NYAF’s Show Manager stated. “Peter offers a great combination of talent, dedication, and instinct. His huge knowledge of the anime community combines terrifically with our own expertise in running events. I know Peter will have a lot to contribute, not just to our launch in December, but for many years to come as NYAF establishes itself as a preeminent event for the anime fan.”

Further information and tickets can be found at the temporary The full New York Anime Festival website — with guests, panels, screenings, and special event information — is launching this summer.

The New York Anime Festival is sponsored by ADV Films, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime Network, Anime News Network, AnimeNEXT, Book Expo, Diamond Book Distributors, ICv2, New York Comic Con, Newtype USA Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and TOKYOPOP.

Exhibitors include ADV Films, Central Park Media, Comcast’s Anime Selects, Del Rey Manga, Diamond Book Distributors, FUNimation, Go! Comi, TOKYOPOP, and Vertical, Inc.


The New York Anime Festival is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer. In 2006, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 34 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and organized by 37 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses, and meetings. Its portfolio of over 460 events serves 52 industry sectors, including aerospace and defense, building and construction, design, electronics, energy, oil and gas, entertainment, food and hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT/telecoms, jewelry, manufacturing, marketing and business services, pharmaceuticals, property, publishing, security, sport and recreation, transport and logistics, and travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations, and government departments, Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2005, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,002 million on turnover of £5,166 million.