Top Tadashiki ankles Gaga

Exec helped build co., relationships with studios

TOKYO — Japanese distribber Gaga Communications is losing one of its key strategists: Kaz Tadashiki has quit as chief operating officer for “personal reasons.”

Together with prexy and CEO Tetsuya Fujimura, Tadashiki helped build up the company from a small B-video distributor some 16 years ago to one of Japan’s distribution powerhouses with highly diversified business interests covering rights acquisition, content distribution, music, publishing and broadband ventures.

He helped to develop relationships with U.S. studios and was also prexy and CEO of Gaga Music, as well as CEO of Gaga’s production unit. He was supposed to begin his new duties as prexy and CEO of Gaga Digital Brain data services subsidiary today. Nick Marumo will take over Tadashiki’s functions within the production unit and Gaga Music, and Fujimura will become prexy and CEO of Gaga Digital Brain.

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