Anime News Network is reporting that Right Stuf president and co-founder Shawne Kleckner told fellow employees in an e-mail that he will be leaving Right Stuf and Crunchyroll on December 14, 2022. In the e-mail, Kleckner expressed his confidence in the current Right Stuf management team at Crunchyroll.
Kleckner’s friend Todd Ferson launched Right Stuf as a shell company to purchase telescopes at wholesale prices. At that point, the company’s name was still spelled as “The Right Stuff,” a reference to the film of the same name. Ferson and Kleckner then renamed the company to Right Stuf in 1987, after the company acquired its first anime license Astro Boy.
Kleckner oversaw the company through many developments, including the launching of its website in 1994, the founding of the company’s Nozomi Entertainment production label in 2007, and Sony and Crunchyroll’s acquisition of the company.
Crunchyroll announced on August 4, 2022 that it had acquired Right Stuf to expand its eCommerce service. Kleckner and the Right Stuf team then joined Crunchyroll’s Emerging Businesses organization, led by Terry Li.