"Having launched on the brand-new streaming service HBO Max, the Studio Ghibli catalogue is now poised to reach new corners of the American market. What better time to release a colorful memoir by the man who helped bring Ghibli to the world in the first place?
Steve Alpert (pictured top left) led the Japanese studio’s international division between 1996 and 2011, spearheading its efforts to widen its global audience. As Ghibli’s resident foreigner, he was able to observe its culture, and the habits of its mercurial creative leader Hayao Miyazaki (top right), with a certain remove. His massively entertaining account of the period, Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli, will be published by Stone Bridge Press on June 16.
The book focuses on the first six years of Alpert’s time at Ghibli, detailing the releases of Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, and the studio’s groundbreaking distribution deal with The Walt Disney Company. The author doesn’t hold back, dishing out new gossip, adding details to stock anecdotes from Ghibli lore, and openly criticizing practices at both Ghibli and Disney."
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