Masami Takahashi Named President of Warner Bros. Japan
Prior Warner Bros. Japan topper Millard Ochs will segue into an advisory role within the company.
Warner Bros. has named regional industry veteran Masami Takahashi president of the studio's operations in Japan.
In his new role, which he will assume Sept. 1, Takahashi will have general oversight of all of Warner Bros.’ businesses in Japan, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games and local production.
He will work closely with previous Warner Bros. Japan president Millard Ochs, who will segue into an advisory role within the company.
"Japan is a vital territory for Warner Bros., and Masami is a great choice to help us continue our history of growth and success there," Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said Wednesday in a statement. "He’s well-connected, well-respected and has a track record of creativity and innovation that will take our Japanese operations to the next level."
Takahashi most recently served as vp, group marketing, a role he assumed upon joining Warner Bros. last August. Prior to Warners, Takahashi spent 11 years at The Walt Disney Company, most recently serving as executive director and head of Japan studio marketing.
"I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to lead Warner Bros. Japan," said Takahashi. "We have the best entertainment properties, a great team and a lot of opportunity in the marketplace. Working together, we can continue Warner Bros. Japan’s history of excellence while growing our overall business."