The people who work at Immortal Studios share the vision and values of our community.

 

Our team is an incredible source of information, inspiration, and dedication to everything Immortal Studios stands for – empowerment, courage, and self-discovery. We are so happy to work on something that we love so much, and invite you to learn more about us below.

PETER SHIAO

Founder and CEO

Peter is our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, leading Immortal Studios in creating a new story universe to awaken the hero within everyone and defining a new business model centered around direct user engagement. Peter has a decades long career leading innovative entertainment and media ventures between the East and West, and has been active in empowering underserved communities.

 

Peter’s favorite past time as a boy was reading Chinese Wuxia novels (many of them written by his father Shiao Yi who is an accomplished author in the genre), and drawing these martial heroes he read about. Because of these stories, he aspired to be a modern day Xia, the transcendent martial Knight who mastered themselves, and stood for righteousness and justice in a world of great stakes, poetry, romance and consequence. Peter pivoted from politics to a new career in media as a means of expressing his mission for social transformation through stories. He feels incredibly blessed to come full circle back to his original love with Immortal.

EMMA CHIBULU

Director of Content

Emma is our Director of Content and Creative, guiding creative development and production at Immortal Studios, where she has been instrumental in the formation of the Immortal Storyverse.  

 

Emma’s earliest passions led her to pursue a career as a cross-border content executive in Hong Kong, China, Japan and her native UK. She’s had coverage in every part of the content development-financing-production-distribution process across multiple mediums including film, documentaries, short form content and live festivals & exhibitions. Now she’s taking some of her more illuminating experiences in the East and using them to help shine a light on unexpected heroes through shaping and sharing their stories.

GENE CHING

Associate Editor & Action Director

Gene Ching is a 32nd generation layman disciple of the original Shaolin Temple in Henan, China. He was the publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi, the largest American newsstand magazine exclusively dedicated to Chinese martial arts, until it ceased publication in 2020. Gene continues to publish their website at KungFuMagazine.com. He is the author of Shaolin Trips, as well as over a thousand articles and over 200 videos on martial arts. Gene is also a certified Provost master at Fencing by the USFCA and the US Army ROTC. He starred in the TV show Man at Arms: Art of War with Danny Trejo, a reality show where historical and fantasy weapons were made and tested. He is still an avid practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong.

LEE HUANG

Head of Product

Lee is our Head of Product, leading product design and development, eCommerce and digital innovation. He loves living at the intersection between business and technology. Lee has held senior positions at NBC Universal, Barnes&Noble, Nielsen Business Media (The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard) and Hachette Book Group, where he led digital strategy and technology, designed award-winning websites and products, and managed innovation programs and global expansion.

Lee connected with Immortal after he led a workshop titled "Why You Need Bruce Lee to Lead Your Corporate Innovation." He highly recommends everyone watch one of his favorite movies, "Swordsman II", an amazing Wuxia film starring Jet Li and Brigitte Lin. Lee believes in Immortal's meaningful mission which will have a very positive impact on individuals and society. 

HANK KANALZ 

Head of Publishing

Hank Kanalz has over 33 years of experience in the comics and entertainment industry. He’s worked at WarnerMedia and DC for 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Publishing Strategy & Support Services for DC. Hank developed comprehensive content plans for both print and digital publishing across DC’s imprints, and oversaw DC’s talent services, marketing, sales, publicity, and creative services departments.

 

Hank was first approached to join Immortal’s Advisory Board. After immersing himself in the team’s vision and goals, he signed on to lead their publishing efforts, aligning with the mission to unlock the hero inside everyone.

CARL POTTS

Storyverse and Editorial Advisor

Carl is a leader in the comic world, and was a former editor in Chief of Marvel Entertainment who oversaw multiple divisions, top franchises, and IP creation, and was also known as a discoverer and nurturer of talent.

ROBERT POWERS

Director of Strategy

Robert is our head of strategy, guiding the strategic initiatives for growth and innovation. Prior to Immortal Studios, Robert worked for Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox in analytics and strategy integrating and developing emerging technologies such as 5G and VR into studio operations. 

 

Robert started in the industry an intern for Sony Pictures while running a theater company and has worked across many facets of the industry, including some time in China. He continues to find inspiration from storytellers of all manner. Robert joined Immortal because he is inspired by new movements to redefine the relationship between content creation and fan engagement and believes that Immortal’s elevated approach to genre and its message of empowerment is the ideal messenger.

ROBERT WU

Senior Financial Advisor

Robert advises the company on its fund raising and other financial and corporate matters.  He has extensive finance experience including investment banking, private equity, and corporate advisory with major institutions like Chase, Prudential, Oppenheimer, and UBS.  He has also been CFO of several media start-ups including Orb Media Group, Inc.  As a modern Taoist teacher and author of the book “So Now So Tao: A Taoist Approach to Harmonic Wealth”,  he is an advocate of the underlying Wuxia philosophy.  He strongly believes that there is a hero in everyone—it just needs to be brought out. 

ELISABETH ZÁRATE

Production Manager

Elisabeth's entertainment career began at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Creative Services. First hired as a Computer Production Artist inking characters such as Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera  and Harry Potter properties. Her responsibilities extended to Production Manager of style guides and marketing materials for trade shows such as San Diego Comic-Con.

Elisabeth moved to the DC Comics division and was promoted to Executive Director of Digital Production. Her team spearheaded the growth of digital distribution to twelve partners which included Apple, Barnes & Noble and  Amazon. Her freelance career garnered experience in web design. Lisa joined Immortal Studios to continue contributing to the visual storytelling genre. Comic books and its community are an integral part of her DNA.

ADVISORY BOARD

Adam Breivis - Digital Producer for Disney and NBC. Transmedia marketer. ARG and mobile game content developer.

Arthur Chan - Award winning brand builder and marketer - co-founder of FC&A, clients include all major Hollywood studios and indies.
 

Benjamin Chang - Serial entrepreneur, technologist, CEO of Skale Education.

 

Bernard Chang - Leading Marvel & DC artist and former Disney Imagineer.

 

Gene Ching - Martial arts influencer and publisher of Kung Fu and Tal Chi Magazine, 32nd lay disciple of Shaolin Temple.

 

Sandy Climan – President of Entertainment Media Ventures, founding Head of CAA’s corporate representation practice.

 

Lindsay Conner - Attorney and chair of the entertainment practice at Manatt, Phelps and Philipps.

 

Mike Corrigan - Corporate strategist, former head of entertainment and media at Pricewaterhouse and CFO of MGM Pictures.

 

Dan Dingh – Co-Founder and CEO of TSM.

 

Andre Fonseca - Digital marketer/co-founder of FC&A. As former VP, Digital for Disney oversaw major Disney titles including Marvel and Pixar.

Rafe Fogel - Media and content investor. Investor/board members in Legendary Pictures. Village Roadshow. and Studio Canal.

Jack Gao - CEO of Smart Cinema, past International CEO of Wanda, Head of News Corp and Microsoft in China.

Jeff Gomez – CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment.

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Matt Leaf – Former Co-Head of Motion Pictures Business Affairs at CAA.

 

Lilly Lee - Master calligrapher, lettering designer, uber connector.

 

Patrick Lee - Founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes.

 

Stu Levy - Founder of TokyoPop, vanguard content company that established the market for Japanese manga in North America.

Justin KJ Lin - General manager of Tencent's Fanbyte, Chief Strategy Officer of Firefly Web Games.
 

Benny Luo - Founder/CEO of Next Shark, largest Asian and Asian American news & information portal in market today.
 

Rachel McAllister - Head of MPRM Communications, whose clients have included Disney, Netflix, and Skybound.
 

Andrew Ooi - Global Asian talent manager and producer. CEO of Echelon management.

 

Jack Pan - Leading theatrical and direct to consumer marketing executive at Disney, Summit, STX, and Global Road.
 

Rick Porras - Co-Producer for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy; New media storytelling consultant for Video for Sony.
 

Steven Ray - Music, film, connected technologies executive and executive producer.

 

Charlie Stickney - Independent comics maven, co-publisher of Scout Comics, creator of White Ash.

 

Mike Tankel - Leading marketing and engagement strategist, who works with brands to deliver memorable and sticky brand solutions.

 

Thomas Vu – Head of Franchise Development at Riot Games.

 

Michael Vorhaus - Digital, gaming, and new media expert with 25 years experience building a consulting and research practice at Magid before starting Vorhaus Advisors.

 

Andrew Walters - CSO for RSVD, Former Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at MGM.

 

Bill Wong – Principal, Bill Wong LLC. Former Chief of Staff to California State Legislature and California State Assembly.

 

Brian Wong – Chairman of Radii and former Group VP of Alibaba.

Rizwan Virk – Head of MIT Game Lab and Author of the Simulation Hypothesis.

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