Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program, is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, Haunted Highway (2006), The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Santa & Me (2013), #1 Serial Killer (2013), and Dying to Kill (2016). In addition, his screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios.
He has produced three feature films, The People I’ve Slept With, #1 Serial Killer, Dying to Kill; a one hour comedy special currently on Starz, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015); and Comedy InvAsian (2017), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians that is currently streaming on Hulu.
Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback by Luthando Coeur in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016, his Amazon Kindle World novella, Operation Survive, was released in the October of 2016, and his graphic novel, 442, was released online in February 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures in 2019. He also had stories featured in New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered, and Pho for Life.
He has held several prestigious fellowships and writing awards. Some of his notable awards and fellowships are the Screenwriting Expo 4: New Visions Fellowship Award (2005), Visual Communication’s Armed with a Camera (2006), Film Independent’s Project: Involve (2007), The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship (2009), and The Producers Guild: Power of Diversity Workshop (2009).
Koji is currently in development on a new graphic novel and feature film titled Santa Vs. Zombies.
Koji’s passion for writing is only matched by his love to teach others how to do it. He is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting and digital media arts at International Technological University in San Jose and will be teaching screenwriting at UCLA Extensions in the spring of this year.
In addition to his work in entertainment, Koji is a regular contributor to 8Asians.com, a blog dedicated to Asian American culture, history, and news. He lives with his wife, son, and dog in South Pasadena, California.