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22 Feb 2020

Category: People

CEO Profile/ Managing Asia-Pacific

Content war in Japan 

U.S. video group, Hulu launched its service in Japan in September 2011. Nippon TV acquired Hulu’s Japan business in April 2014. The unit now has 1.5 million subscribers, paying a monthly fee of USD$8 or JPY933 plus taxes. It boasts a library of 19,000 films, dramas, anime and shorts or enjoys 35,000 hours of content. Kazufumi Nagasawa,

Asia’s Next Rising Star 

Israel’s ‘big brother’ of broadcasting, Keshet Media Group has made waves globally and now it’s ready to dominate Asia. On average, seven out of top 10 most watched shows in Israel are aired by Keshet Broadcasting. A master of many genres, some of its globally popular shows include Prisoners Of War, Boom!, The A Word, Rising Star, Master Class, and to Who’s On Top?

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Reaching the masses in APAC region 

With everyone producing some sort of content today – even user-generated content (UGC), some industry executives have predicted the bubble will soon burst with an oversupply of irrelevant content. Sony Pictures International, on the other hand, is offering different strokes to different folks in the Asia-Pacific region with its potpourri of shows such as Imaginary Mary (13x 30), Timeless (16 x 60) and The Halcyon (8 x 60) across all platforms. Ken Lo, SVP of Sony’s International Distribution sees a bullish market in the region and attributes it to the high quality of the content that Sony takes pride in producing over the years. K. Dass reports from MIPCOM 2016.

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Infocomm Media Footprint 

The Asian film and television industry has seen strong growth, rising prominence, and international recognition of its talent and content. The newly-formed Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) was established to keep pace with the growth in Asia and the rest of the world, further harnessing the opportunities arising from media convergence to spur new innovations in the media technology. Reputations are hard won and easily lost in the business world, yet many would argue that IMDA’s CEO Gabriel Lim has already achieved quasi-legendary status. Gabriel took over as Chief of MDA in 2015. By the end of 2016, he has amicably merged the info-communications and media arms of the country. IMDA’s Chief, Gabriel Lim, spells out his mantra for the industry as he tells K. Dass why the convergence was crucial and the opportunities ahead.

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Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television 

Asian Television Awards honours KBS President & CEO Ko Dae-young

Ko rose from a KBS TV reporter at the press room to the president suite as Korean Broadcasting System’s President and CEO. His calculated entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable business accomplishments have greatly influenced the growth of the entertainment industry throughout the region.

KBS maintains its reputation as the nation’s most trusted source of news and information. Its high quality documentaries and especially its dramas have swept across the shores of almost every single country in the region, even increasingly beyond. KBS is currently investing heavily to lead the next-generation in television broadcasting and media services. It aims to become the world’s first to launch terrestrial UHDTV broadcasting. KBS Chief speaks to K. Dass.

Jorgen Madsen Lindemann
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Modern Time’s Jorgen 

Given the economics of broadcasting today, a broadcaster must do more than produce shows that satisfy audience. The quest these days is to make hits that can be exported, available on multiple platforms, localise content and generate additional revenue. As Jorgen Madsen Lindemann, President & CEO of Modern Times Group MTG AB, a Stockholm-based and OMX Nasdaq listed global digital video entertainment group, maintains, his first master to be served: quality content. K. Dass reports.

Rialto’s Director, Roger Wyllie
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Kiwi channel’s Roger Wyllie 

New Zealand’s Rialto channel debuts in 11 countries in the region with an estimated reach of 186 million households by 2017. Rialto’s Director, Roger Wyllie said the new documentary channel will comprise approximately 20 per cent New Zealand content with the rest coming from the U.S., Britain and Asia, along with local content from the region. K. Dass reports.

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Seeking the next big thing 

BBC’s David Weiland, responsible for worldwide businesses across Asia – India, China, Northeast Asia – Japan, Korea and the whole of Southeast Asia tells K. Dass about the new BBC Player. A new authenticated multi-genre SVOD service that will allow viewers to watch the very best BBC programmes anytime, anywhere online, as well as via an app on their smartphones and tablets.