The New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Grand Jury is made up of over 200 award-winning members from over 40 countries; this diverse jury with a global mix of perspectives is one of the strengths of New York Festivals jury. These award-winning executives are recruited by New York Festivals to select the World’s Best TV & Films℠.
This week, Grand Jury POV profiles Toshie Yoshida, President of TI ComNet Japan. Ms. Yoshida has over 20 years of industry experience in broadcasting, including working as an announcer in Japan and the United States, in addition to producing many television programs.
Her vast network experience includes working with prominent broadcasting stations, both local and overseas, as well as distribution companies. Ms. Yoshida was the producer for the first production program of Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet in Japan and was responsible for the co-production and distribution of overseas programs within Japan.
Keep reading to learn more about Toshie Yoshida, including early leadership lessons, her view on the evolution of the industry, what qualities set aside award-winning work and more!
New York Festivals: Who or what were the most important early influences in your career?
Toshie Yoshida: The most important influence would have to be my father. Although he hardly attended school due to financial reasons, he studied various things on his own and started doing business from a young age and achieved a great deal of success. He has always been my business mentor.
New York Festivals: What’s the most important thing you learned from your first job?
Toshie Yoshida: I learned to have a dream and enjoy your work. If you do not enjoy your work then you won’t be able to pass on that joy to others.
New York Festivals: What were some early leadership lessons for you?
Toshie Yoshida: An early leadership lesson for me was when I was at a production site working with director and staff of different ages and genders, where I found listening to the opinion and ideas of everyone you work with, and be willing to try new things and incorporating the ones that work to be very important.
New York Festivals: What was a defining moment in your career?
Toshie Yoshida: A defining moment in my career was when the first English version of a Japanese program that I produced won an international award.
New York Festivals: Where do you see the industry in the next five years?
Toshie Yoshida: Aside from the broadcasting stations, professional directors and cameramen, more and more ordinary people will begin to produce and shoot their own films and using the internet to upload it to their own channels. There will be a good chance that many talented people will appear among them.
Toshie Yoshida: The production must surpass all borders and being able to move anyone who watches it.