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Asia TV Forum Adds Industry Speakers to 2016 Lineup

PT Media Nusantara Citra’s David Fernando Audy & D’Live and iHQ’s Yong-Ju Jeon to kick off C-Level Summit; MNC Animation’s Seung-Hyun Oh to deliver Keynote Address.

SINGAPORE -- The Asia TV Forum & Market 2016 has announced the addition of three industry stalwarts to its line-up of entertainment content experts who will be delivering insights at the four-day event taking place December 6-9. David Fernando Audy, President Director of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk (MNC) (Indonesia) and Yong-Ju Jeon, Chief Executive Officer of D’Live and iHQ (South Korea) will kick off the C-Level Summit (6 December 2016), while Seung-Hyun Oh, Chief Creative Officer of MNC Animation (Indonesia) will deliver a keynote address at Junior @ ATF (7 December 2016). The annual event has also added Market Focus sessions that will shed greater light on the China, Indochina and Southeast Asia markets.

“The ATF conference consistently places a spotlight on pertinent topics, gathering the industry’s brightest minds for a time of insightful knowledge exchange. With three of Asia’s top entertainment content leaders delivering keynote addresses and new Market Focus sessions, ATF 2016 delegates can certainly look forward to obtaining the keys to navigating today’s dynamic Asia content market. This will further cement our position as Asia’s leading platform for TV content,” said Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director of ATF and ScreenSingapore, Reed Exhibitions.

C-Level Summit Keynotes to Address the Business of Disruption

In line with the theme of “Managing the business of disruptors,” David Fernando Audy, President Director of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk (MNC) will take to the stage, addressing today’s evolving landscape in the digital realm.

A veteran in Indonesia’s media industry, Audy was appointed President Director of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk (MNC) in September 2016. He currently also holds various other positions in the Group – President Director of PT Global Informasi Bermutu (GlobalTV), Commissioner of PT Linktone Indonesia, Commissioner of PT MNC GS Homeshopping, and President Director of PT MNC Lisensi International.

With a vision to be Southeast Asia’s largest integrated media company, PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk (MNC) is already Indonesia’s most extensive multi-platform media company. The media giant invested in mobile dating app Paktor earlier this year, in support of the latter’s expansion into social entertainment.

At a separate session, Yong-Ju Jeon, Chief Executive Officer of D’Live and iHQ (South Korea) will share his vision for creating value in the world of the digital disruption.

D’Live is one of South Korea’s largest multiple system operators. With the highest rate of digitisation amongst its peers within the country’s cable television sector, the multimedia company is well-regarded as an industry leader in adopting new technologies.

Under Jeon’s leadership, D’Live grew to become one of South Korea’s largest cable TV service providers, while iHQ established itself as one of the country’s top talent agencies. Both entities have also attracted the attention of large international entertainment businesses. Earlier this year, D’Live beat other major pay TV operators to secure an exclusive licensing deal with Netflix in South Korea. Separately, iHQ is expected to receive US$15 million of investment from A&E Television Networks LLC, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Company – a move that will pave the way for the South Korean company to enter the global entertainment content market.

Junior @ ATF Keynote to Delve Into Brand Extension through Collaboration

Speaking on Asia’s new kids’ content landscape at Junior @ ATF, Seung-Hyun Oh, Chief Creative Officer of MNC Animation (Indonesia) has over two decades of experience in the ever-evolving animation industry.

Prior to his appointment at MNC Animation, Oh held a number of positions, including supervising director, director and artist, at well-known studios such as Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers -- in addition to others in Korea and Japan. During his tenure at these studios, Oh worked on numerous animation projects well-recognized in the industry, including Avatar: The Last Airbender (Season 3), Fire Breather, Generator Rex, Macross Zero, Tinker Bell films, Tron Uprising and Wonderful Days.

At the end 2014, Oh was brought on to helm MNC Group’s aggressive investment in expanding its animation arm. In continuing efforts to bring its content overseas, MNC Animation recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Creative Content Agency, covering the fields of animation, music, and entertainment programs.

New Market Focus Sessions

With 60 percent of the world’s population residing in Asia, the continent boasts a dynamic mix of highly-developed television markets and others with untapped potential. China remains attractive, with recent statistics showing that Asia-Pacific’s top three operators, all of which are in China, will account for one-third of the region’s pay TV subscription growth between now and 2021. Amongst Asian markets with immense potential is Indochina -- comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) -- whose gross domestic product growth is expected to outpace the whole of Asia in the years to come. Similarly, strong economic development in Southeast Asia has spread wealth; leading to market research firm Nielsen’s forecast that the middle-class population will more than double to 400 million by 2020.

On the back of such an awakening, ATF will -- for the first time -- place a spotlight on China, Indochina and Southeast Asia, three territories not to be ignored.

Key players within China’s entertainment content industry will provide insights at two sessions held on 8 December 2016. At “Navigating China: What You Always Wanted to Know,” new regulations will be decoded and trade secrets unveiled by well-established panelists:

  • Wang Yi, Co-Founder, Media Caravan (China)
  • Michel Rodrigue, Founder & CEO, The Format People (USA)
  • Yuan Li, CCO, IPCN (China)

Separately, significant Chinese Commissioners for co-development and co-production will take to the stage at the “Chinese Co-development / Co-production Commissioners Networking Session”, to give special insights into their co-development plans for the years ahead. The power-packed line-up features:

  • Jiang Bin, Vice President/General Manager, Content Development, iQIYI
  • Chang Jingyao, Format Sales Director, IPCN Ltd
  • Hao Fang, Chief Executive Producer, LeTV
  • Tao Yixiao, Director, Shanxi Satellite TV Station
  • Yuan Bo, General Manager, Shaanxi Broadcasting Corporation
  • Coco Ma, Senior Director, Content Acquisition and Production, Sohu Video
  • Chen Manman, Chief Operating Officer, WeKids Asia

Continuing the spotlight on an important Asian territory, “Market Focus: Selling to Indochina” (8 December 2016) will shed light into CLMV, with distinguished analysts from renowned research houses and significant industry players:

  • Daw Aye Hnin Swe (Rose), Managing Director, Mango Media (Myanmar)
  • Tim Scott, Vice President, Cambodian Television Network (Cambodia)
  • Võ Thị Tô Châu, Manager, SCTV (Vietnam)
  • Ngo Thi Bich Hanh, Vice President, BHD (Vietnam)
  • Dr Bounchao Phichit, Director General, Lao National Television (Laos)
  • Sinthu Peatrarut (David), Managing Director, Nielsen (Thailand)
  • Ricardo Glenn Cardenas, New Business Director, Kantar Media (Vietnam)

Additionally, “Market Focus: Southeast Asia – The Content Triangle” (7 December 2016) will delve into the changing relationship between platforms, content creators and brands in the bloc, and how the pursuit of an audience is more important than ever. Delegates will hear from the following industry veterans:

  • Fera Rosian, Director, GroupM Entertainment
  • Mikael Christenson, Head of Content+, Mindshare Asia Pacific
  • Marc Heal, Sales Director, IFA Media
  • Guillaume Sachet, Head, Strategic Planning, Mediacorp
  • Steven Murphy, Director of Programming, GroupM Entertainment APAC

Taking place December 6-9, 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, ATF is co-located with ScreenSingapore, and is part of the Singapore Media Festival. More information about the full ATF conference program is available here.

Source: Asia TV Forum & Market