Kojima Productions film movie TV television music LA production entertainment expansion Riley Russell Los Angeles

Metal Gear and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima has had aspirations to direct movies for most of his life, and it seems he’s taken one big step closer to realizing those aspirations. Via GamesIndustry.biz, his Kojima Productions has launched a new movie, TV, and music division based in Los Angeles, focused on taking the studio’s IP to “other pop culture areas,” and it is headed by Riley Russell. Russell worked at PlayStation for nearly 28 years in assorted roles like Chief Legal Officer and VP of business affairs.

“The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture,” explained Russell. “Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centred in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all of the entertainment industries.”

In addition to working with movie, TV, and music professionals, this new division of Kojima Productions will continue to work with game developers as well.

“Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever changing storytelling world,” said Kojima Productions business development manager Yoshiko Fukuda. “Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.”

That’s all we know about the new movie, TV, and music division of Kojima Productions at the moment. But based on this information, it sure sounds like we haven’t heard the last of Death Stranding. One wonders if Hideo Kojima could be distantly related to the new Silent Hill movie as well, if the report of his helming a new Silent Hill for Konami is accurate. It’s unlikely he has much to do with the Metal Gear Solid movie starring Oscar Isaac.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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