RWA’s executive partners in Tokyo and London are skilled in management-level negotiation
Oki Murata/ Tokyo
has over 20 years expertise in the international publishing and licensing business, covering broad media platforms such as movies, video/DVD,
internet, mobile, books, and magazines along with merchandising.
He began his career at Kodansha International, where he was Senior Editor for books on Japan in English for nearly 10 years.
Following that, he joined Dohosha Publishing, where he served as Director of Planning and Development, and fostered a joint-venture with the Toppan Printing Co. – Dohosha Digital Publishing – in the role of CEO/Managing Director, launching the Japanese editions of US Wired Magazine, German GEO Magazine, and DK (Dorling Kindersley) Multimedia.
In 1998, Oki joined Warner Bros. Consumer Products as Licensing Representative for publishing, interactive, and Children’s music. Over the course of four years he managed some of the highest profile intellectual properties in the business, and led regional opportunities for brands such as THE MATRIX, HARRY POTTER, LOONEYTUNES, TOM & JERRY, and THE POWERPUFF GIRLS.
Since then, Oki Murata served as President and Publisher for IBC Publishing, and Director of Foreign Affairs for the government oriented literature publishing program- JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Program) .
He co-founded the Rights World Agency (RWA) in 2004, and now applies more than two decades of experience managing media rights as a private consultant.
He is skilled in balancing both Japanese and western business cultures and in building strategic alliances in an intercultural environment. A native of Japan, Oki speaks fluent English. He graduated from Keio University where he majored in English Literature and Mass Communication.
Chris Braham / London
With an extensive career in international publishing, Chris held executive positions with leading UK book, magazine and multimedia publishers. Based in Tokyo for over fifteen years, she subsequently built up a broad network, and knowledge of how the business works, within the media sector in Japan.
She is one of a really few publishing professionals who can analyze the Japanese market from western companies’ standpoint. Her experience in international liaison is a key factor in connecting overseas media companies to the Japanese market. She worked closely with Japan’s major foreign book importers and distributors (Tuttle Shokai, and Yohan), in the role of Purchasing Director, advising on their international strategy.
Chris co-founded the Rights World Agency (RWA) with Oki Murata in 2004. She also managed the foreign rights sales for a Japanese government program (JLPP), which promotes Japanese literature overseas.
Chris’ UK publishing experience includes key positions at various prominent publishing houses and organisations, including Haymarket Magazines; Longman Pearson’s Higher Education Division; The Publishers Association (Book Development Council); The Booksellers Association Service House; Mitchell Beazley; Macdonald Orbis; and Dorling Kindersley, the prestigious illustrated reference publisher –first as Head of Operations: International Sales, and then, as Localization Director, founding the global localization department for DK’s multimedia division, managing a 45-strong technical and sales support team of engineers, multimedia designers and program trainers.