Toshio Suzuki is the managing director and general manager of Studio Ghibli. Worked as a producer at Ghibli until March 2014.
1948- . Born in Nagoya, Suzuki found employment at the publisher Tokuma Shoten shortly after graduating in literature from university-where, at age 18, he read the novel of Grave of the Fireflies and resolved one day to make a movie of it. After initial work on the magazine Asahi Geino ("Asahi Arts"), he became the editor of Animage magazine in 1978, in which capacity he commissioned Hayao Miyazaki's manga version of what was then a failed movie pitch-Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind. After assuring Miyazaki that he would not turn it into an anime, Suzuki subsequently talked his friend around. Suzuki is also credited with gaining a decent distribution deal for My Neighbor Totoro. Formally joining Studio Ghibli in 1991, Suzuki produced many movies for the company, as well as Ghost in the Shell: Innocence for Mamoru Oshii, joining it in mid-production, at the same time as he was producing Howl's Moving Castle.Suzuki is also believed to be the author of the stern noninterference policy that prevented Buena Vista from bowdlerizing Ghibli movies for an American audience, famously sending a sword to his fellow producer Harvey Weinstein with the message attached: "No Cuts."