Hong Kong – An impressive line up of heavyweight speakers from the global broadcast industry has been confirmed for this year’s CASBAA Convention 2014 (#casbaacon). Taking place at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, from October 27 – 30, the convention’s theme this year – Beyond the Box – promises to explore how technology is changing the region’s TV consumption habits.
The convention gathers key operators, content providers, satellite services, technology, carriers and ad agencies from across Asia, and the world, in lively debate and exchange of information through keynote addresses, conversation sessions and panel discussions. This year, the convention looks to tackle how the advent of new content platforms ‘Beyond the Box’ will affect the Asian cable and satellite broadcast industry.
“While linear TV is still an important industry growth factor in the region, the proliferation of new technologies and platforms herald a new era for the industry,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, and CASBAA. “These developments have enabled content providers to meet new consumer demand by offering access to TV content how they want, and when they want.”
“We hope that, with the superb line of up industry stalwarts speaking on the ‘beyond the box’ theme this year, our members will feel well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities that content ‘beyond the box’ presents and explore how different business models and strategies can work for them.”
Discussing the ‘beyond the box’ theme and sharing both best practice and vision from their respective markets across the content, marketing and technology spectrums will be a strong line-up of speakers from across the globe including Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate; Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media; Andrew Rashbass, Reuters; Kim Moses, Sander/Moses Productions; and Danny Keens, Twitter, while Asian based Victor Koo, Youku Tudou, Sudhanshu Vats, Viacom 18 and David Haslingden, NHNZ, will offer insights from a regional standpoint.
With a strong cross-section of thought-leaders from the industry offering local, regional and global insights, topics discussed at the convention will cover a broad range of pertinent industry issues, including developments in the over-the-top (OTT) industry; opportunities in the mobile broadcasting space; the impact of ultra-high-definition “4K” television; and the implications of recent innovations in broadcast and transmission technology. Sports issues – including rights, exclusivity and licensing – as well as the broadcast news cycle will also be on the agenda.
Networking is also a focus of the event and members and delegates will have plenty of opportunity to get together at the newly revamped exhibition space outside the Main Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, which will feature display booths and networking lounges.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers and In Conversation Line-up To Date:
Jon Feltheimer shares his views on what it takes to navigate the complex media landscape, and how to thrive in an age of constant change.
Chairman & CEO, Youku Tudou
Youku Tudou is one of the behemoths of China’s gigantic online video market but as the fiercely competitive marketplace comes under greater official scrutiny, how can Youku Tudou ensure that it stays on top?
Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade UK Parliament
As the Intellectual Property Adviser to the UK Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley is charged with leading the British government’s efforts at fighting piracy and raising awareness of intellectual property rights. Weatherley is bringing his media industry experience to bear on the piracy problem, raising awareness in innovative ways.
Chief Executive, Reuters, Thomson Reuters
Andrew Rashbass is challenged with bringing a legacy brand into the modern digital age. What lessons can be learned by other media organisations?
CEO, Virgin Media
Virgin Media is a leader in the UK digital space. Following its acquisition last year by Liberty Global, how have things changed? What are the advantages to being part of the world’s largest cable company?
Co-founder, Sander/Moses Productions
Kim Moses has been in the TV industry for over 20 years, as the executive producer of successful network TV shows such as Ghost Whisperer and Reckless. She co-founded Sander/Moses Productions, and is a leading advocate to help further the role of women in media.
Since leaving National Geographic Channel, David Haslingden has built Asia’s first “super indie” production company, bringing together assets in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Singapore, and Taiwan to form a unified company. A look at his views on how the original content market is shaping up in Asia, trends to watch out for, and pitfalls to avoid.
President, Discovery Education Int’l & EVP Corporate Development, Discovery Communications
Bruce Tuchman leads the strategic distribution, programming, business development and marketing of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global throughout the world as well as the strategic distribution, programming, business development and marketing for AMC Networks International channels in Asia.
President, International, Scripps Network Interactive
From its 19th century origins as a newspaper publisher, Scripps has become a pioneer in lifestyle programming in the US. Now, with the acquisition of the Asian Food Channel last year, the network has entered the Asia-Pacific region in a meaningful way. How will its lifestyle channels fare in the markets of Asia?
Barry Cupples, Global CEO Investment
Omnicom Media Group
Barry is passionate about evolving his organisation’s existing business model to drive change through the development of new success metrics for clients to help them realize business growth that’s measurable in real time.