Carl Macek, the producer best known for bringing the anime series Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeda to the United States wrapped together as the series Robotech, died yesterday of a heart attack. Macek was one of the founders of Streamline pictures, which was one of the first major companies to license anime for US release, bringing such films and TV series as the first Vampire Hunter D film, Akira, Aura Battle Dunbine, My Neighbor Totoro, Robot Carnival, and Barefoot Gen to the US, among other properties.
Macek left a gigantic mark on the Anime industry, not only in the US but throughout North America and possibly Europe. He will be missed.
AnimeNewsNetwork.com’s ANNCast interviewed Macek back in January. I definitely recommend giving the episode a listen.