Already handling the Contents Acquisitions, Waell will be in charge of developing the licensing-out strategies of the company through EMEA. He will add to his scope the TV, Theatrical & Consumer Products Licensing businesses taking over the Acquisitions & Licensing department.
“I’m very honored and excited to lead the Acquisitions and Licensing team of this new project initiated by Crunchyroll”, said Waell. “Our IPs portfolio is strong and I look forward to continuing to develop the company’s dynamic entertainment properties to fans”.
Waell joined VIZ Media Europe 10 years ago. He acquired a significant experience in Japanese contents Licensing management, especially thanks to a 3 years temporary assignment at Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions offices in Tokyo. He speaks fluently English, French and Japanese.
“We are delighted to name Waell as Acquisitions and Licensing Director to support us at the forefront of the industry, as he is an accomplished and strategically-minded executive with extensive entertainment experience throughout EMEA,” said John. “This position strengthens our European team and allows Waell to be close to our clients in the rapidly growing EMEA region.”
This nomination follows the recent majority acquisition of Japanese contents licensing leader VIZ Media Europe by the major worldwide Anime brand Crunchyroll.