Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura is now working at a new studio titled Studio Ponoc, as of April 15, 2015. Studio Ponoc runs separately from Studio Ghibli.
Studio Ponoc is currently assisting with the West Japan Railway Company’s “Summer Train” campaign by producing a television ad. Nishimura is serving as producer for the ad, Yoshiyuki Momose is serving as animation director and director, and Yuugo Kanno is serving as composer and music producer.
Nishimura took over as producer for Studio Ghibli films after Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki retired in March 2014.
When Studio Ghibli was asked about Nishimura’s status with the company now that he’s working with Studio Ponoc, the studio’s PR department said that Nishimura was a member of Ghibli. The company added, “Depending on the [animated] work, he has handled duties as a producer, but we don’t know about the future.”