ZOO Digital is delighted to announce the appointment of Chieko Yamamoto as its new Territory Manager for Japan. With over three decades of experience in localization with Walt Disney Company Japan, Chieko brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to the ZOO Digital team.
Chieko’s role as Territory Manager will be integral to expanding ZOO Digital’s presence in the Japanese market. She will play a key role in fostering collaborations with local resources and supporting the growth of localization talent in the region. Chieko’s mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent in the dubbing industry, creating a more efficient and flexible talent pool with the integration of ZOO’s technology ecosystem and hybrid working capabilities.
Chieko shared her enthusiasm for joining ZOO, stating, “I am excited to be part of ZOO Digital, a company at the forefront of technological innovation in media localization. ZOO’s cutting-edge technology has the potential to energize and evolve Japan’s dubbing industry, and I am eager to contribute to this transformation. I want to expand the talent pool across all dubbing roles, from translators to actors, directors to engineers. By fostering growth and innovation, we can build a more vibrant and sustainable future for the Japanese dubbing industry.”
During her tenure at Disney, Chieko played a crucial role in the regional launch of Disney+. As content operation manager, she oversaw the localization of English and international content, local originals, and acquisition titles. Over her three decades in media localization, she has covered both creative and operational roles. In her most recent role, she played a key part in scouting and developing casting options for renowned talent in dubbing roles for Disney theatrical releases.
Gordon Doran, president of ZOO Digital, expressed confidence in Chieko’s appointment, saying, “Chieko brings a wealth of experience and a forward-thinking approach that aligns with ZOO’s commitment to innovation and the next generation of localization talent. Her insights into the Japanese media localization market and her vision for the future are invaluable assets as we continue to expand our global footprint.”
ZOO Digital is poised for continued growth, and Chieko Yamamoto’s appointment marks a significant step towards enhancing the company’s presence in the Japanese market.