#DFNYFocus On: Annmarie Bailey, President Akatsuki Entertainment USA

#DFNYFocus is our five-question survey of filmmakers and film lovers to learn more about the films they love and have been inspired by.  Our latest Focus is on Akatsuki Entertainment USA President and Board Member Annmarie Sairrino Bailey (please see Annmarie’s bio below):


DFNY:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?
ASB:     Thor: Ragnarok.
DFNY:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
ASB: Natalie Wood and Keanu Reeves in an action film like Speed.

DFNY:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
ASB:    Pretty in Pink.  I watched it thousands of times as a kid when my friends were watching Goonies and The NeverEnding Story kind of movies.  It was the first movie that I felt I was studying, figuring out every nuance of the performances and paying attention to the dialogue.  It gave me a sense that somehow I wanted to do that too, but I didn’t know at the the time what “that” was.  Being from a small town in upstate NY, no one really talked about Hollywood.  That was “weird”, so I kept it relatively to myself as a kid.  I love all those kinds of films from the 80s, but that’s my ultimate favorite.

DFNY: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
ASB: Easy.  Stallone’s boxing gloves from Rocky IV.

DFNY: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?
ASB: I usually have to stop when I see animals getting harmed.  I remove any hint of that from development when I have the power to do so.

 Annmarie S. Bailey’s Bio:
Annmarie shapes a unique environment for the identification of Japanese creative properties that have high potential to be adapted into global English-language entertainment. With the necessary understanding of Chain of Title for Japanese properties, which presents a critical but very difficult aspect of the process of bringing a Japanese creative property to market, she is able to oversee a team in both LA and Tokyo to specifically clear and make available many sought-after titles. Recently, she has been active in procuring and developing prominent and iconic Japanese properties for production in the English language for global consumption and has active relationships throughout the entertainment industry which include major producing companies, studios and prominent producers. Previously, having worked with entertainment industry veteran Sandy Climan for over 14 years, Ms. Bailey served as Vice President, Creative Affairs, at Entertainment Media Ventures (EMV), a Los Angeles-based company focused on media investment, strategy advisory work, and the development of creative properties.