Warner hires Fukuda as GM

Former GE executive to oversee home video and digital

TOKYO -- Warner Entertainment Japan has hired Taichi Fukuda as general manager for Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, overseeing both home video and digital distribution businesses.

He is particularly expected to manage the firm's transition to high definition packaged media and to drive the growth of digital.
"By unifying the home video and digital distribution businesses in Japan under Taichi, Warner Bros. will be well positioned to take full advantage of the cross-divisional opportunities that exist in this very important market," said William Ireton, president and representative director, Warner Entertainment Japan Inc.

Fukuda reports to Ireton and Marc Gareton, executive vice president, WHV and WBDD, Asia Pacific.

Yoshikiyo Arai, who has been General Manager for Warner Home Video in Japan for nearly three years, will serve as advisor until his planned retirement in December.

Previously, Fukuda worked for General Electric Company in Japan and since January 2007 was managing director for NBC Universal International. He was also acting MD and chairman for Geneon Universal Entertainment, focusing on leading its home entertainment business. Before that he held multiple posts with Dentsu and its venture capital businesses.