Introducing the Team

LILOU AUGIER – CO-FOUNDER / CEO / FILM DIRECTOR

French-British director Lilou Augier founded Panic Ball after a three-year stint at a Japanese production company.

Lilou leads the creative department of Panic Ball, directing and heading post supervision alongside editor Sterling Vicenti. She also supports projects as a Creative Producer, working closely with inbound directors by helping them navigate the local culture and language. In recent years, she has been invited to discuss the struggles of being a woman in the Japanese film industry at events like Audio Corporation, Shure Japan’s Pro Audio Women’s Day panel discussion, and Feminist comedian Yuki Nivez’s “Not Just a Diversity Hire” special. She is out bouldering, weightlifting, or writing in cafes in her free time.

LISA KOSKI – CO-FOUNDER / HEAD OF ACCOUNTS / PRODUCER

Lisa came to Japan from Texas in 2013 as a university student, where she met Lilou Augier. After graduation and some tough experiences with freelancing together, Lisa teamed up with Lilou to form Panic Ball Productions, driven by a desire to pursue more freedom, both creatively and in work-life balance. Now as the overseer of finances, Lisa ensures their productions are as fiscally sound as they are artistically vibrant. She works as both the account manager and producer within the production realm. She has also worked as a gaffer in the past, and enjoys doing lighting for in-house creative projects.

MARIKO TATENO – PRESIDENT / PRODUCER/ PRODUCTION MANAGER

Mariko Tateno is a former teacher turned President of Panic Ball Productions.

Mariko began her journey in the industry by supporting Lilou and Lisa with production admin, during which she closely observed the exploitative nature of the creative industry in Japan, from talented creators being denied opportunities due to their nationality to the long hours of work. Now at the helm of Panic Ball, Mariko shares a commitment to ensuring that creators can perform at their best, regardless of their background, in a work environment that is both mentally and physically safe. She works as a producer and production manager for in-house and collaborative projects.

STERLING VICENTI – EDITOR / EQUIP. TECHNICIAN

Sterling, a New Mexican (USA), is the head of post-production, and does camera assistance for Panic Ball Productions.

Sterling started his creative career in film at Temple University, where he developed his interest in editing, animation, and cinematography. Here is also where he met his colleagues Lisa Koski and Lilou Augier. During this time, they collaborated on countless projects as freelancers before returning to the US after graduating from Temple University.

After returning to the US, Sterling joined the IASTE Camera Union as a production assistant and worked his way up to camera assistant. After three years, Sterling returned to Japan and reunited with creative partner Lilou Augier to work with Panic Ball.