Hiroyuki Fukuda to Oversee Nippon TV IBD Division


Nippon TV has appointed Board Director and Operating Officer Hiroyuki Fukuda to oversee its international business development (IBD) division.

Fukuda replaces Kenichi Hirose, who will be taking the new position of board director and senior executive operating officer at Fukuoka Broadcasting System Corporation (FBS).

Based in Tokyo, Fukuda will report to Yoshikuni Sugiyama, a newly appointed representative director and operating officer of Nippon TV who will report to Representative Director and President Yoshinobu Kosugi, and Representative Director, Chairman and CEO Yoshio Okubo. Atsushi Sogo, president of IBD, will report directly to Fukuda.

“The timing could not be better to be taking on this new role with IBD,” commented Fukuda. “Nippon TV’s scripted series (Mother, Woman –My Life for My Children–, Abandoned, Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom) and our unscripted formats (BLOCK OUTRed Carpet Survival, Mute it!) are steadily becoming knockout hits around the world and captivating audiences with record ratings thanks to my highly motivated team at IBD under the management of Atsushi Sogo, president of IBD. Having served as president of production as well as president of programming, winning the annual viewer ratings Triple Crown title for six consecutive years and running, I am well aware of the keen insight and unsurpassed strengths of our creators and I truly look forward to advancing IBD’s format business even more with my experience.”