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

He resides in Los Angeles where he has 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 and as a travel and entertainment journalist. His writing has appeared in Instinct, HuffPost, Bello Mag, ScreenPicks, Medium, and Hotter in Hollywood, for which he was the Executive Editor during its 9-year run.

Hiko has most recently served as the Director of Creative Services at Known Global (formerly Stun Creative) – winner of the 2020 Promax Award for Global Agency of the Year – where he won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement (Topical) for his work on ViacomCBS's Jeopardy! All-Star Games campaign and a Clio Award for his copy on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Christmas Movie" campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary release of Die Hard. Additional work includes campaigns for clients such as ABC, AMC, Beyond Meat, Bravo, Discovery, Fandango, Fox, Freeform, FX, HBO, HBO Max, Hulu, NBCUniversal, Netflix, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, Princess Cruises, Priv, TBS, TNT, Universal Music Group, and WarnerMedia.

He is also working on the upcoming thriller novel The Final Boy.

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

Tweet or Instastalk him @TheFirstEcho.


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