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Wuaki.TV founder upped to parent firm role

The CEO and founder of Wuaki.TV, Jacinto Roca, has been named executive officer at the SVOD platform’s parent company, Rakuten.

Jacinto-Roca---WuakiThis new role will see him coordinating Rakuten’s digital video operations in several regions, though he will remain as CEO of Wuaki, a spokesman confirmed.

The expanded role will include strategically aligning the expanding Wuaki with San Francisco-based TV site Viki, and a Japanese VOD service called Showtime that offers Asian TV shows and movies.

Roca (pictured) founded Barcelona-based Wuaki in 2009 and sold it to Japanese internet firm Rakuten in 2012. The operation then expanded into seven territories, and will be in 12 European countries by year-end.

Using a montly subscription model, Wuaki offers TV and film programming from the major US studios and European distribution companies.

Earlier this month, TBI reported Wuaki had hooked up with Paris-based media group Lagardère to launch a kids-focused SVOD service in France.