Web TV distribution giant, Presentcast, has selected the Brightcove internet video platform for gorin.jp, the exclusive online video portal in Japan for coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Presentcast will program and distribute more than 200 advertising-supported video segments from the Games available online at gorin.jp until 23 September.
The news comes hot on the heels of Brightcove, the global internet video platform, appointing technology industry leader and entrepreneur Hisashige Hashimoto as general manager of Brightcove KK, its Japan-based subsidiary.
As general manager, Hashimoto will lead Brightcove's operations in Japan and drive overall customer acquisition efforts targeted at Japanese media companies and marketers.
Hashimoto joins Brightcove after two years as president and chief executive officer of Paygent, a mobile auction escrow service he launched in 2006 and grew to 2,000 customers before leaving in 2008.
Prior to Paygent, Hashimoto worked in three different senior management positions for Macromedia KK, helping lead the Education, Channel Marketing, and Platform Product Marketing divisions. Before Macromedia KK, Hashimoto spent 14 years with Mitsui & Co.
Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Since the establishment of Brightcove KK, we’ve seen tremendous interest in the Japanese market for our Internet video platform. With the addition of Mr. Hashimoto as general manager and the signing of a highly prestigious first customer, Brightcove KK is poised for accelerated growth in Japan, contributing to our overall international expansion.”
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