Yoshiaki Nishimura

Born in Tokyo, 1977. Founder, Studio Ponoc. In 2002, Nishimura joined Studio Ghibli after returning from his studies in the United States. He was involved in the promotions of Howl’s Moving Castle (2002), Tales from Earthsea (2006) and Ponyo (2008).

He was the Advertising Producer of Le Roi et l’Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) and Cheburashka, two foreign animated films distributed domestically by Studio Ghibli in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

He received an Academy Award® nomination for his first feature film as a producer, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013), directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The Academy Award®-nominated When Marnie Was There was the second film for Nishimura, in which he reprised his role as producer. In 2017 his new studio, Studio Ponoc, released Mary and The Witch’s Flower, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.