Our Team

Los Angeles

Tomoya Suzuki

Tomoya Suzuki

President and CEO

Tomoya joined Hakuhodo Inc. and spent his initial years developing marketing strategies and working on TV commercial production. Since 2005, he has spearheaded the development of next generation media business at Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc. In October 2011, he established STORIES, LLC by attaining investment from Hakuhodo DY Group, SEGA Corporation and other partners, and assumed the position of President and CEO. The short "Tsuyako" which he produced won 44 awards from various international film festivals including three Academy Award qualifying festivals. Tomoya is currently producing multiple features including SHINOBI, Crazy Taxi and Golden Axe. Tomoya is a graduate of Peter Stark Producing Program at USC Film School. He is represented by CAA. He is addicted to stories and having new experiences, and has traveled around the world, visiting 25 countries alone in 2008. 2017 Cannes Lions Entertainment Jury.

Evan J. Cholfin

Evan J. Cholfin

Head of Development and Production

At STORIES, Evan focuses on adapting SEGA’s video game properties and other Japanese stories into film, television, and digital entertainment, in addition to overseeing the U.S.-based branded entertainment and literary and commercial management divisions. He produced more than one hundred commercials and branded content while working for Break Media. Evan produced the sci-fi film "Higher Power" with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers). Prior to that, he worked in film and television development for Oscar-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball). Evan is a graduate of UCLA and received his MFA from USC Peter Stark Producing Program. He loves travel and new experiences, and resides in Santa Monica with his wife and two feline children.

Ryusuke Kondo

Ryusuke Kondo

Research Coordinator

Ryusuke is a graduate of University of Southern California and received his BA in Psychology, minor in Cinematic Arts. Before joining STORIES, he had worked in the education industry, where he organized vocational trips for Japanese college students. He loves workout, watching movies, and taking naps with his dog named Bacon, a female Boston Terrier.

Ikuko Shimizu

Ikuko Shimizu

Assistant Researcher / Planner

Ikuko joined STORIES after her career at the largest independent PR Agency in Tokyo. In her career, Ikuko has successfully managed PR projects for over 40 unique clients focused on beauty and food industries. She was also assigned to participate in new brand businesses launch as Sales & PR manager. Throughout her experience, she practiced "people take buying behavior throughout brand promotion." Ikuko is now here in Los Angeles to pursue her dream to work in an international environment, expressing her passion towards supporting clients and leading to success.

Tokyo

Tomoya Suzuki
  

Tomoya Suzuki

CEO

Founder and CEO of STORIES LLC and STORIES INTERNATIONAL INC. See above for his bio.

Miho Fukushima
  

Miho Fukushima

Corporate Officer / Producer

In 2005 Miho worked on the production staff of Director Kazuki Omori’s “Sad Angel” and Director Akihiko Shiota’s “A Heartful of Love”, along with joining Twins Japan. Afterwards, Miho worked freelance on various film/TV/commercial productions, along with various film festivals. Since joining STORIES in 2011, she has produced various works, including the Subaru “Your Story With” series of commercials, Visit Japan’s “Koi Koi Kyushu” campaign, the drama “Can and Sulochan”. Miho also works with coordinating foreign client productions in Japan.

Eriko Sekiya
  

Eriko Sekiya

Corporate Officer

As television and radio personality, Eriko has launched and hosted business communication and English learning programs for Japan’s national broadcasting network which aired 7 times a week. She is also an avid writer and her publications have sold over 4 million copies. Eriko joined STORIES in 2011 as a Corporate Officer and she conducts research and provides multilingual consultation. Eriko is also the founder of a simultaneous translation company serving high-profile international clients and has been the official translator for speakers such as Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk and Philip Kotler. Eriko graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MSc in Management and currently lives in San Francisco.

Hiroyuki Kaijima
  

Hiroyuki Kaijima

Producer

After joining Hakuhodo, Hiroyuki managed production activities for clients ranging from automobile to instant noodle manufacturers. After a change in location, Hiroyuki expanded his range of experience to the branding of agriculture and seafood related clients, in addition to beer, mobile phones, dollar stores, and food and beverage makers. After another job transfer, Hiroyuki was responsible for the entire marketing activities of a foreign-affiliated beverage maker. Hiroyuki seeks change the world with passion and enthusiasm, never giving up when things don’t go well, but instead trying to think how he can achieve his goal. Hiroyuki ultimately strives to create work that spreads across the world, one smile at a time.

Junji Takano
  

Junji Takano

Producer

Junji began his career at Toyo Cinema, a top production company based in Tokyo. Over the last 20 years, he has produced TV commercials and video projects at TYO and other major production companies, including work for Ajinomoto, Kraft, Kirin, and many other clients and brands. Junji excels at creating integrated marketing experiences, and has honed his skills in film and video production. Always striving to create work that perfectly resonates with the target audience, Junji especially enjoys seeing how his campaigns positively impact his clients and consumers. His hobbies include enjoying a variety of different cuisines and watching theatrical plays.

Kohei Takeda
  

Kohei Takeda

Producer

Born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in 1980. After working at a television production company and planning and producing various variety and documentary programs, Kohei joined OKNACK FILMS where he worked closely with Producer Shinya Inoue. Through his experience as a production manager, he started his career as a producer. Kohei joined STORIES in 2014 where he works on creating video content and developing/producing the communication based on these content. Some of Kohei’s work includes projects for Namie Amuro, V6, Kis-My-Ft2, Ken Hirai, FACT, FEMM, ONE OK ROCK, and Anna Tsuchiya. ONE OK ROCK's music video "The Beginning" won the MTV Video Music Awards Japan2013 Best Rock Video Award, Namie Amuro's music video "Birthday" received the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2015 BEST FEMALE VIDEO Award, and her music video "Anything" received a "Asia Spikes 2015 Bronze Award & Short List Selection".

Yuzo Imoto
  

Yuzo Imoto

Producer

To be updated

Chika Aomatsu
  

Chika Aomatsu

Production Manager

Under Construction

Yoon Chongsoo
  

Yoon Chongsoo

Production Manager

To be updated

Yuuki Soeda
  

Yuuki Soeda

Assistant

Under Construction