Seichiro Ujiie Dies in Japan at 84
Seichiro Ujiie, the media heavyweight and anime producer, who was president of Nippon Television (NTV) when the broadcaster dominated in the 1990s, passed away on Monday, aged 84.
A producer on many of Studio Ghibli’s big anime hits, including 1997’s Princess Mononuke, as well as the Detective Conan anime films, Ujiie also produced the first two live-action adaptations of Always: Sunset on Third Street.
Ujiie took over as president of NTV in 1992, and by 1994 it was dominating ratings in all key timeslots – a position it was not to relinquish for 10 years.
He became chairman and CEO of NTV in 2001, and remained a representative director and executive chairman of the net until the end. Having joined the Yomiuri Shimbun – a group company and the world’s largest newspaper – in 1951, Ujiie went on to hold senior positions in many of the paper’s key departments.