March 16, 2017
By Thanussha Priyah
Viacheslav Murugov is CEO of CTC Media (Russia), where he oversees the strategic development and business operations of four TV channels belonging to the company and broadcasting in several countries. His 20-year career in Russian television has led him from amateur script writer to reputable media manager and content producer. In addition to creating highly successful programming, his vision and business attributes have significantly contributed to the development of CTC Media into one of the largest and most productive entertainment television businesses in Russia.
Roy Price is the Vice President of Amazon Studios, where he oversees Prime Video including content licensing and acquisition, as well as all development, production and acquisition of Amazon Original Series and Movies, such as the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea, and Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series Transparent. Since joining Amazon in 2004, he has worked with the Amazon Video team, where he oversaw the launch of Amazon’s digital video store, integrations with TV-connected devices, and video streaming with cloud storage. Zhao Yifang is the Founder and President of Huace Group. She established the company in 2005 and over the past decade has built it into one of the biggest producers of drama series and variety programming in China. In terms of ratings, Huace-produced content accounts for more than 30% of China’s top programmes, and in 2016 its shows accumulated more than 100 billion views across China’s various online broadcasting platforms. In recent years, Zhao’s “Cultural Stepping Out” programme has pushed Huace into partnerships with a number of international production houses and broadcasters, and seen more than 10,000 hours of Huace programming land on numerous platforms around the world.