Mikiko Nishiyama was appointed as Managing Director, International Business Development, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), in October 2020. She is a member of the founding team that established the arm in 2012 and held several positions including Senior Director before her recent promotion. Prior to serving the company's global business interests, she worked in the Production Division, ultimately as Chief Producer, where she handled nationally-acclaimed morning shows, travelogues, and entertainment shows. Nishiyama started her career as a journalist when she entered Nippon TV in 1990 and went on to cover international and political news extensively. She participated in the Reuters Foundation Program at Oxford University in 1994.
Nippon TV is Japan's leading multiplatform entertainment powerhouse and ratings champion broadcaster as well as owner of streaming giant Hulu in Japan. One of the biggest successes for the nation's finest producer of all genres of programming is the Emmy Award-winning Dragons' Den/Shark Tank, a globally successful business show format that has more than 40 versions in 186 territories across all continents of the world. Following closely are the successes of scripted formats Mother and Woman -My Life for My Children-, whose Turkish versions have become mega-hits that have gone on to air in more than 40 territories around the world, a first for a format from Japan. Mother has also been sold to South Korea, Ukraine, France, Thailand, China and more, making it one of the most exported formats out of Asia. The Chinese remake of Mother won the Best Drama and Best Actress of the 2020 Best Internet Content Ranking at the 2020 Shanghai International Film＆TV Festival Shanghai Internet Summit. The company is also achieving great success with Block Out, its action-packed game show format that has been sold to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, Spain and Holland. Over 90% of its content IP is fully owned by Nippon TV, in addition to well-established businesses that span VOD/live-streaming engineering, animation/film production, fitness clubs, eSports, and android creation/digital mixed reality technology. Nippon TV is leveraging its coveted platform to revolutionize digital media in an ever-changing industry to solidify its presence and brand as a global media leader.