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Wowow moves into SoCal

Japanese pay TV operation opens L.A. office

TOKYO — Wowow, Japan’s biggest pay TV operator, has opened an office in Century City, Calif., to acquire content and develop international co-productions.

The office will be headed by Kayo Washio, a 15-year Wowow veteran with experience in international acquisitions and production. Launched in 1991, Wowow airs recent Hollywood and other pics, as well as dramas, music, sports, stage productions, toons and docus. It has 2.5 million subscribers.

“In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we are proud to expand the Wowow brand to Los Angeles,” Wowow prexy Nobuya Wazaki said. “This will allow us greater access to our partners and the industry, and capabilities to generate new content to provide our audiences in Japan and around the world with more thrilling and inspiring entertainment.”

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