Satoshi Kanemura had been named president FOR-A America, joining FOR-A America after leaving Sony Electronics where he was vice president of professional products and solutions. Former President of FOR-A America Ken Truong has become Chief Technology Officer of FOR-A America.
During his 35-year career at Sony, Kanemura was instrumental in the development of several new business initiatives, including the world’s first 1080 / 60P live production system, 4K / 8K production solutions and based on the cloud, as well as Sony’s deep expansion into digital cinematography. At Sony, he collaborated with the director George lucas on the first series of fully digital feature films, Star Wars: Episode II and III and with the director James cameron on the series of fully 3D digital features, Avatar and Avatar 2 and 3. Kanemura was also the head of Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center, which served as a focal point for the Hollywood community looking for hands-on experience with new technologies. He also led Sony’s U.S. efforts in the production of xR virtual reality, immersive educational solutions, and cutting-edge AI-based computer technology.
In his new role at FOR-A America, Kanemura will lead the company’s growth in new and existing markets, such as remote and live event production, distance learning and worship applications.
“Over the past year, as broadcasters, the film industry, education and places of worship have been challenged to transition to a ‘new normal’ comprising remote, immersive and cloud operations, the technology provided by FOR-A Company has been a key component of many successful productions and events, ”says Kanemura. “FOR-A’s strong team and cutting-edge products allow the company to continue to grow in North and South America. I am delighted to take on the leadership of FOR-A America at this pivotal time. “
FOR-A products support 4K and 8K, 12G-SDI, HDR and video over IP workflows and FOR-A recently deployed a single link 12G infrastructure built around its equipment at the New World Symphony in Miami. Its line of digital switches provided the flexibility for producers of live events large and small across the United States to switch to alternative programming during last year’s COVID-19 restrictions. FOR-A has also provided 8K technology for Japanese TV channels for two years and will do so for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Summer Games in August. FOR-A has received three Emmy Awards for Technology and Engineering.
“Mr. Kanemura’s deep connections and knowledge of what the Hollywood community, broadcasters and live event producers are currently looking for will prove invaluable to FOR-A’s growth in the Americas,” said FOR-A Corporation President and Representative Director Katsuaki Kiyohara. “We are delighted to see him leading our efforts. He is a perfect fit for this role, especially as we begin to face new business realities in our industry after the pandemic. “