Chief Content Officer/Member of Board of Directors, HJ Holdings
Kazufumi Nagasawa is Chief Content Officer/Member of the Board of Directors at HJ Holdings, Inc. , which owns and operates Hulu in Japan. Kaz oversees all content related activities for the service including content acquisition and production of original series. Besides his responsibility as CCO, he also plays leading role in strategic planning, partnership and marketing.
Kaz joined Hulu Japan as the Head of Content and Distribution in 2011 before the service launched as the first pure SVOD platform in Japan and has been the driving force for the company to establish key partnership with both content and device partners.
Kaz also played a material role in the transition of the ownership of the company from Hulu LLC to Nippon TV (the No.1 terrestrial network in Japan) in 2014.
Hulu Japan celebrates its 7th anniversary in Japan in a few days, with the clock ticking on the premiere its first Russian drama, zombie series "The Day After", and still basking in the halo effect of original show "Miss Sherlock", which was the platform’s first co-production with HBO Asia. Employee number one, chief content officer Kazufumi Nagasawa, talks about hunting down titles from untapped catalogues to follow Australia’s "Wentworth", Turkey’s "Magnificent Century" and Spain’s "Locked Up", the advantages of joint rights acquisition, and how he’s dealing with the looming challenge of rivals such as Amazon Prime Video.