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Japan’s WOWOW restructures

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW has divided its programming and production departments into two separate divisions.
August 15, 2013

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW has divided its programming and production departments into two separate divisions.

The new structure will see producer Eiji Omura leading the production division – which includes sub-departments such as movies, sports, drama and music – while the programming division will be overseen by Tsutomu Makino, who came to the company recently from NHK.

The programming division also includes WOWOW’s Los Angeles office, which is headed up by Kayo Washio. In addition, the company has added its promotions department to the sales division, led by Masanori Gunji, while the marketing department will be run by WOWOW’s digital department head Hitoshi Yamamoto.

WOWOW comprises three channels and a streaming service, which are respectively WOWOW Prime, which airs original series, documentaries and movies; WOWOW Live; WOWOW Cinema; and WOWOW Members on Demand.

“To continue meeting the demands of customers and drive new membership to WOWOW, we are lifting the organizational power of pay television as a whole by making marketing a core activity within each sales department and allowing our programming and production divisions to operate separately – but with much cooperation and interaction,” said WOWOW president Nobuya Wazaki.

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