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 on Starz, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015); Comedy InvAsian (2017), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians that is currently streaming on Hulu, and Brash Girls Club, a limited comedy series, which premiered on Tubi TV in the summer of 2019.
Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was published 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 LLC in 2019. His newest novel, Zombie Run, was recently released in print and ebook in May of 2019 by Solstice Publishing and his newest graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies, will be released in the fall of 2019 by Outland Entertainment.
He has 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. Including, 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’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. In addition, he is a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions and was recently hired at the New York Film Academy in Burbank.
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.