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HIKO MITSUZUKA is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur and pundit who was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York where he grew up on a steady diet of Aaron Spelling dramas, 80s slasher films, and brown-bagged tunafish sandwiches.

He resides in Los Angeles where he has worked in TV and commercial production ever since leaving the East Coast in the early aughts. Hiko spent several years at world-renowned production companies such as Carsey-Werner and Anonymous Content while freelancing as a treatment writer for award-winning directors. He has also moonlighted as a producer for director Michael Medico and as a travel and entertainment writer for Instinct MagazineHuffPost, Bello Mag, ScreenPicks, and Hotter in Hollywood, for which he was the Executive Editor during its 9-year run online.

Hiko can currently be seen in the role of Director of Creative Services at Known (formerly Stun Creative, PromaxBDA's Agency of the Year - 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018) where he recently won a Clio Award for his work on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Christmas Movie" campaign for the 30th anniversary release of Die Hard. Additional work includes campaigns for clients such as ABC, AMC, Beyond Meat, Bravo, Fandango, Fox, Freeform, FX, HBO, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, Princess Cruises, Priv, TBS, and TNT.

He is also the author of the upcoming novel Slasher Movie Girl (repped by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary).

Hiko's hobbies include reading, quoting dialogue from The Golden Girls, more reading, making quarterly pop playlists on Spotify, and learning how to perfect his Instagram stories. Personal vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn (buttered, of course).

Tweet him or Instastalk him @TheFirstEcho.


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