Ken Munekata has been appointed as President of BBC Worldwide Japan, effective immediately. He joins BBC Worldwide after nearly three decades at Sony Corporation, where he most recently held two roles concurrently – President of Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and President of Sony Broadcast Media.
Based in Tokyo, Ken will report to Joyce Yeung, General Manager & Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution Asia. He will be responsible for leading the commercial activities and strategic development for BBC Worldwide across its Sales & Distribution and Consumer Products businesses, as well as live events and theatrical distribution. Ken will also have strategic oversight of developing BBC Worldwide Channels opportunities in Japan, working with Mark Whitehead, Senior Vice President & General Manager, BBC Worldwide Channels Asia.
Joyce Yeung commented, “I’m delighted that Ken will be heading up our business in Japan. With his extensive management and business development experience in the Japanese media industry, I’m confident he will bring new growth opportunities to BBC Worldwide Japan and create collaboration with other Asian territories.”
Ken brings with him a wealth of experience, having performed various roles at Sony. As President of both Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Sony Broadcast Media, he was responsible for Sony’s Japanese television, home video and theatrical businesses. He also managed Sony Corporation’s equity holding interest in Japanese media companies SKY Perfect TV JSAT, J Sports, and STAR Channel. Prior to that, he worked at Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment for eight years, where he last served as Vice President of Corporate Development.
Ken succeeds Katsuhiko Waza, who announced his retirement in 2011, having been President of BBC Worldwide Japan since it was founded in 2000. Katsuhiko will continue to work as a Non-Executive Director of BBC Worldwide Japan.
For more information, please contact:
Communications Officer, Content & Production / Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0)20 8433 3862
NOTES TO EDITORS
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures and Magazines, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview