A interesting exchange on The Anime News Network Hey Answerman Column.
Here is part of the question:
If you had an unlimited supply of money, and maximum sway in any negotiation, what would you do to help the North American Anime Industry?Here is part of the Answerman's response.
And in all honesty, even with all that theoretical money and influence at my disposal, I'd still be just one dude. Certain genres and mediums don't seem to catch on and stay relevant just because of one high-profile endorsement; I can't think of anybody who ran out and learned Coptic just because of George Clooney. As much as I hate sounding like a pretentious twat, I'm going to say it - it's all about hitting the zeitgeist. If something hits at the right place at the right time, it's a sure-fire thing. And some people are great at predicting that; Carl Macek was a visionary in that sense, in that he knew there was an audience that was looking for stuff like Akira and Robotech, but they didn't know what it was yet, and he was the only guy who could give it to them.It's worth reading the whole thing.