The I and the G
Started as the joint collaboration of visionary production manager Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and popular character designer Takayuki Goto, the company was established on December 15, 1987 as I.G Tatsunoko, a name bearing the initials of its founders as well as the renowned studio they were from. The new company met with success and in 1993 its founders renamed it Production I.G. Since then, the studio has enjoyed yearly growth in sales and size.
Production I.G has produced a number of acclaimed feature films, OVA (original video animation), TV shows, and videogames. For their storytelling and quality of animation, Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii, N. 1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996), Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, Jury's Special Prize at Fantasporto 1999), and Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo), have earned critical accolades in Japan and all around the world. Innocence, directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, became the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. In 2008, Mamoru Oshii's animated feature film, The Sky Crawlers was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 65th Venice Film Festival and won 3 awards at Sitges in the same year. The studio's first 3DCG animation feature film, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (2009), directed by Shinsuke Sato received the prize of Excellence at the 33rd Japan Academy Prizes. Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo (2012), which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, was Best Animated Feature Film at the New York International Children's Film Festival and at the 6th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and was greeted with seven more international awards in France, Italy, Canada, Czech Republic and Japan.
Production I.G visionary world is said to have deeply influenced many famous Hollywood creators, and this has eventually brought to the collaboration with Quentin Tarantino for the animation sequence in his world hit, Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
Finding early international success in animating with such titles as Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell, Production I.G quickly decided to broaden exposure to international markets, and in March 1997 launched a Los Angeles-based overseas subsidiary. One of the greatest achievements of this active international policy is the TV series IGPX (2005, directed by Mitsuru Hongo), co-developed and co-produced with Cartoon Network, the first collaboration between a US cable network and a Japanese production house.
Production I.G also collaborated with international music artists producing full animated music videos for legendary Russian singer Linda and French diva Milène Farmer.
Already amongst the new wave of Japanese animation, which is now an established market steadily gaining fame with western audiences, Production I.G aspires to continue driving this growth and to bring high-quality animations to the world.
|Company Name:||Production I.G, Inc.|
|Address:||2-1-9 Naka-cho, Musashino-shi,|
Tokyo 180-0006, JAPAN
|Date Established:||December 15, 1987|
|Number of Employees:||122 (as of November 2007)|
|Holding Company:||IG Port, Inc.|
|Affiliate Companies:||XEBEC Inc.|
Mag Garden Corporation
Production I.G., LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
|Official Websites:||English http://www.productionig.com/|
|Business Activities:||-Development and Production of|
Theatrical, TV and Made-for-Video Animation
-Development and Production of Video Games
-Development and Production of Computer Graphics
-Creative Talent Management
-International Licensing of Existing Titles