Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. named Kristen Gray as president of its New York-based division, Konami Cross Media NY Inc. Gray succeeds Yuta Kose, who was named president of Los Angeles-based Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Most recently, Gray served as general manager, senior vice president of operations, and business & legal affairs. She oversaw growth of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand in territories outside of Asia while also spearheading business development for gaming IPs Contra, Bomberman, and Frogger — including as executive producer on the new Frogger Game Show set to stream on Peacock this fall.
Before joining Konami, Gray worked at 4Kids Entertainment, supervising the programming block on The CW, and production. She was involved in negotiations for Konami to acquire management of Yu-Gi-Oh! from 4Kids Entertainment, and she led the start-up of Konami Cross Media NY.
Kose was named president of Konami Cross Media NY in 2019, taking on the responsibility of launching full media mix strategies based on the company’s video games for the global market.
Konami Cross Media NY will continue its focus on building and managing intellectual property through its 360-degree approach for its gaming brands Yu-Gi-Oh!, Contra, Bomberman, Frogger, and more.