Born and raised in Japan, Hiroko Stanhope came to the US and started her career in the entertainment industry as a producer's assistant and manager at OZLA Pictures, Inc., owned by veteran Japanese film producer Taka Ichise. Mr. Ichise is best known as the producer behind films such as DARK WATER and the popular horror franchises for THE RING and THE GRUDGE. Since Ms. Stanhope was promoted to Vice President in 2004, she had been heavily involved with overseeing the international mega-hit THE GRUDGE, as well as procuring a first-look deal with FOX, under which the company produced SHUTTER. She was also managing talented directors Takashi Shimiazu (THE GRUDGE) and Masayuki Ochiai (SHUTTER) for their international projects.
In 2011, Ms. Stanhope joined Campus Hollywood Group, which owns various music/arts schools in both the U.S. and Japan, such as MI, LACM, EI, IDA and the Theatre of Arts. ESP Guitars, Schecter Guitars, as well as other music related entities are also owned by Campus Hollywood Group organization. As Vice President, at CHG, Ms. Stanhope oversaw Campus Hollywood operations and was also heavily involved with the Japanese American TV station UTB and the improvement its financial situation and programs.
Her positions at OZLA and Campus Hollywood have enabled Ms. Stanhope to establish a unique and invaluable network in both Hollywood and the Japanese American communities. In 2014, her growing interest in working with both communities led her to accept the position of Vice President of Amuse Group USA, a new US subsidiary of one of Japan's leading entertainment & management company, Amuse, Inc. Since the U.S. operation's 2014 inception, Ms. Stanhope has been leading the day-to-day operations of the company, which includes, but is not limited to, artist & talent management, event productions, promotional endeavors and TV/Film investments. Ms. Stanhope worked on season one of a 22-episode North American TV series titled THE PINKERTONS, starring Angus Macfadyen, Jacob Blair, Martha MaacIsaac, and Dean Fujioka who is managed by Amuse .
Ms. Stanhope and her team are currently deeply instrumental in the organization and coordination of an important cultural bridge event dubbed as J-CREATION: A FIRST LOOK SHOWCASE. For the first time, an exclusive Japanese Intellectual Property (IP) showcase will be staged in Los Angeles for Hollywood’s top decision makers and power brokers across movies, TV, digital media and gaming arenas in March 2016.