It was announced today via an article on gameindustry.biz, that the Hideo Kojima led studio; Kojima Productions are set to launch a brand new division under the company umbrella, which will focus on producing music, TV and film projects.
This new division of KojiPro will be based in Los Angeles, California. The goal of this new division is expand take the videogame studio beyond just being a gaming company. Now the company can develop projects from other areas of pop culture.
This newly established team will be headed up by Riley Russell. Riley is best known for his 28-years of service withing various roles at Sony. These roles include some pretty prestigious titles such as; chief legal officer and VP of business affairs.
When discussing this new division of the studio, Russell said; “The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry. The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture. Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centred in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all of the entertainment industries.”
The business development manager for Kojima Productions, Yoshiko Fukuda added; “Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever changing storytelling world. Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.”
This is pretty exciting news. It has been an open secret for years at this point that Hideo Kojima himself has always wanted to break into the film industry as a director, perhaps this could be his chance at long last? Regardless, I am very much looking forward to seeing what comes of this announcement.
What do you make of the news that Kojima Productions are set to develop film, TV and musical projects? Are you looking forward to seeing what this new division can produce across other areas of popular culture? Let us know down in the comments section below.
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