dwarf studios' Masahito Kobayashi Nominated for Best Direction at the 47th Annie Awards!

Tokyo, Japan - December 16, 2019 - Masahito Kobayashi, director of dwarf studios, a business unit of TYO Inc. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Kazuyoshi Hayakawa; hereafter, “TYO”), has been nominated for the Best Direction - TV/Media category at the 47th Annie Awards for the Netflix Original Series "Rilakkuma and Kaoru".

Launched in 1972, the Annie Awards, which are organized by the International Animated Film Association, are referred to as "the Academy Awards of the animation world."  The 47th Annie Awards will be held on January 25 next year in UCLA's Royce Hall, located in Los Angeles, USA, where the winners for each category will be announced.

[Profile of Masahito Kobayashi]
MasahitoKobayashi_dwarf.jpgBorn in 1972, in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. He studied Scenography at Musashino Art University. After graduating, he pursued his studies abroad, at the London College of Communication. He joined TYO Inc. in 2013, then dwarf studios in 2019.

Masahito Kobayashi has been active as a director, working on a broad range of content such as TV programming, online videos, and stop-motion animation.

●About "Rilakkuma and Kaoru"
Directed by Masahito Kobayashi, "Rilakkuma and Kaoru"—starring voice actress Mikako Tabe, written by Naoko Ogigami and music by Shigeru Kishida—is the first stop motion animation series to feature the character Rilakkuma, character owned by San-X Co., Ltd. The series is currently available worldwide, exclusively on Netflix.
▶To see this work on TYO Group Website
▶To watch this show on Netflix Website

Kaoru, a somewhat absent-minded thirty-something woman, is an ordinary office lady who works for a small trading company in the city. She finds herself living with Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma, as well as Kiiroitori, who loves cleaning. This is a colorful tale about the 12 months that Kaoru—who has a minor complex about people telling her she's too serious—spends with Rilakkuma and company, who lead carefree and lazy lives.
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● About dwarf studios
A business unit of the creative agency TYO, dwarf studios has created numerous characters and a variety of content, including the world-famous NHK character “Domo” and the “Komaneko” program, which has continued to have a long run in France. dwarf studios is a stop motion animation production studio that has earned praise in Japan and around the world for its video work, which is primarily focused on stop motion produced through outstanding technical ability. Not limited to original work, dwarf studios also works proactively on collaborations with various popular characters and famous content.

● About TYO
TYO is a Tokyo-based creative agency that combines every kind of advertising production function. TYO develops content with a primary focus on TV commercials, online videos, and digital media, and can boast over 3,000 advertisements produced each year. Since being founded in 1982, as the times have changed, and advertising methods and the ways that people should communicate have continued to change and evolve, TYO has developed diverse advertising ventures with a focus on producing videos.
The company name came from the city code of Tokyo, TYO, which the airline industry uses for Tokyo. The name conveys our hope that talented creators will work their way to this creative business city, TYO, and our determination to become a creative agency in Tokyo representing Japan and sending out messages to the world.
Overseas, TYO leads a group of creative agencies based in China, India, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a Thai-based digital agency, and is expanding its network in each Asian region with regard to its advertising communication operations.

■Annie Awards Official Website

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