Kojima Productions has announced the opening of a study dedicated to cinema, television and music on Lost, California, with the aim of expanding the cultural industries intellectual properties created by the firm directed by Hideo Kojima. The North American division will be at the helm of Riley Russell, who had been working in Sony Interactive Entertainment as legal director and vice president of commercial affairs, among other positions.
In a statement published by GamesIndustry, Russell explains the rationale behind this study: “The new division will be in charge of working with creative professionals and television, music and film talent, as well as with the closest video game industry. The team aims expand the reach and awareness of brands that are being developed at Kojima Productions, and make them even more part of our popular culture. “
#KojimaProductions are proud to announce that a new business division will be opening in California, USA.
This will explore opportunities beyond game development into film, television and other forms of entertainment.
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“Although we are one global organizationRussell continues, “The new business development team will be based in Los Angeles, California.” “We are very excited and looking forward to working with the best talents in the entertainment world, in all sectors of the same “.
Yoshiko Fukuda, responsible for business development at Kojima Productions, considers it “essential” to find “new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans” in an “ever-changing world of storytelling.” “Our new division will take the studio into more areas that will present our creative narratives beyond video games to open paths that allow our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in those spaces. “
Sharpening the relationship between Kojima and Hollywood
Kojima Productions’ interest in the world of Hollywood entertainment is not new. The studio’s first project outside of Konami was Death Stranding, which had a casting made up of stars of the stature of Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, La Seydoux, Margaret Qualley and Lindsay Wagner, in addition to the collaboration of directors such as Guillermo del Toro and Nicholas Winding Refn.