John EasumInternational Consultant at Crunchyroll
John Easum has more than 25 years of leadership experience working in a multi-national context with Japan’s leading production companies and media groups. He is considered one of the industry’s foremost Japan experts in the area of entertainment licensing, distribution partnerships, and co-productions.
In January 2012, Easum founded One Bridge, a Tokyo-based consultancy focused on building strategic distribution, production, and content partnerships between Japanese and international companies. One Bridge also provides management support and Japan market entry strategies to multinational corporations in a variety of domains including media, technology, licensing, retail, and fashion. Since 2018, he has served as a consultant for Crunchyroll, advising them on European growth strategies and acted as a facilitator of the recently announced strategic relationship with VIZ Media Europe.
Prior to founding One Bridge, Easum was with VIZ Media for twelve years: Five years in Paris as president of VIZ Media Europe, and seven years with VIZ Media in San Francisco, where he was EVP of Sales & Marketing.
He is also a founder and board member of the Japanese subsidiary of the luxury food group, Caviar House & Prunier.
Born in Senegal, Easum spent his early childhood in West Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and an MBA from INSEAD in France. He speaks English, Japanese, and French.