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APOS 2018: Speakers & Themes Unveiled For Annual Summit For Local, Regional & Global Leaders In Media, Entertainment & Telecoms

(HONG KONG/SINGAPORE, February 13, 2018) Some of the biggest brands across the local, regional and global media, entertainment and telecommunications industries will participate at this year’s APOS summit, hosted by Media Partners Asia in Bali, Indonesia from April 24-26. APOS 2018 brings together key players across the value chain with a particular focus on how broadband connectivity is combining with local economies and ecosystems to transform prospects for the production, distribution and monetization of content, games and IP across Asia Pacific.

Speaking about the line-up and the event’s themes, MPA executive director Vivek Couto said: “APOS 2018 brings together key brands and leadership striving to create, distribute, monetize and invest at scale across media, entertainment, telecoms and related sectors, as they forge new paths to value and enter into partnerships to drive engagement and share of spend.”

Key speakers and themes at this year’s APOS summit include:

Race To Scale: Local Challenges For Global Leaders
Media, telecoms, entertainment and technology ecosystems are colliding across Asia Pacific, as the quest for local, regional and global scale picks up pace. APOS 2018 highlights the paths to value and partnerships that matter for global brands as they seek to drive engagement and share of spend across the diverse region and beyond.

Confirmed speakers
•    Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom
•    Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox Asia
•    JB Perrette, President & CEO, Discovery Networks International
•    Ricky Ow, President, Turner International Asia Pacific
•    Mahesh Samat, SVP & MD, The Walt Disney Company, South Asia
•    Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
•    Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 Media

Broadband Economics: The Way Forward For Telcos
Having opened up the broadband opportunity, Asia’s telcos now want a bigger piece of the pie. APOS 2018 weighs up the future for telcos in the region as they invest in content, partnerships, networks and services, seeking to ward off disruptors while chasing a bigger share of consumer spend.

Confirmed speakers
•    Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO, AIS
•    Ernest Cu, President & CEO, Globe
•    William Yeung, CEO, HKBN
•    Allen Lew, CEO, Optus
•    Manuel Pangilinan, President & CEO, PLDT
•    Ririek Adriansyah, President Director, Telkomsel

Streaming Dreams & Reality: Ambition, Growth, Competition
The next chapter is being written for premium online video in APAC. APOS will take a snapshot of the latest competitive dynamics and revenue opportunity in online video, as global, regional and local services size up prospects for growth, profitability and market leadership, as well as their appetite for risk.

Confirmed speakers
•    James Farrell, Head of Content, Amazon Prime Video Asia Pacific
•    Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar
•    Peter Bithos, CEO, Hooq
•    Kazufumi Nagasawa, HJ Holdings (Hulu Japan)
•    Mark Britt, CEO & Co-Founder, Iflix Group
•    Roma De, Director, Platform Products, Netflix
•    Tony Zameczkowski, VP, Business Development, Netflix Asia
•    Janice Lee, MD, PCCW Media (Viu)
•    Jong-Won Kim, SVP & Head of Oksusu, SK Telecom
•    Esther Nguyen, Founder & CEO, Pops Worldwide
•    Fred Cheong, Group CEO, WebTVAsia
•    Gaurav Gandhi, CEO, Viacom18 Digital Ventures (Voot)

Opportunities In Southeast Asia: Growth In Uncertain Times
Despite volatility and uncertainty across many markets in Southeast Asia, local ecosystems continue to evolve, promising to enrich companies that can adapt. APOS 2018 picks out some key opportunities and the companies attempting to capitalize on them, while evaluating the impact of these changes on local investment, competition and monetization.

Confirmed speakers
•    Rohana Rozhan, Group CEO, Astro
•    Carlo Katigbak, President & CEO, ABS-CBN
•    Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Founder & Chairman, MNC Group
•    Tham Loke Kheng, CEO, Mediacorp
•    SK Cheong, Executive Director & GM, TVB

The Evolution of Entertainment: Making New Stories Pay
Studios and storytellers and that can keep audiences tuned in are in demand, as competition for consumer time intensifies. APOS 2018 looks at the different strategies production houses, broadcasters and online video services are taking to capture audience segments and maximize returns from their content bets.

Confirmed speakers
•    Ma Zhongjun, Chairman & President, Ciwen Media
•    Suyoung Lee, Director, JTBC
•    Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios
•    Joko Anwar, Independent TV & Film Director
•    Wicky Olindo, Founder, TV & Film Producer, Screenplay Productions
•    Ritesh Sidhwani, Film Director & Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment
•    Michael MacMillan, Co-Founder & CEO, Blue Ant Media
•    Sunil Samtani, Producer, Rapi Films
•    Hyun Park, Co-Head, TV Production and Acquisitions, Korea, Warner Bros
•    Jay Ji, CEO, Huayi Brothers Korea
•    Hosi Simon, CEO, Vice Asia Pacific

The Investor View: Risks and Returns In Media
Strategic, private equity and financial investors are making deep bets across telecoms, media and technology, helping fuel the next cycle of competition in content and distribution. APOS 2018 will highlight the thinking behind these decisions, globally, regionally and locally, with a particular focus on online video, payment infrastructure, and traditional film and TV.

Confirmed speakers
•    Li Ruigang, Founding Chairman & CEO, CMC
•    Paul Aiello, MD, Emerald Media
•    Deborah Mei, Partner & Co-Founder, Raine
•    Nick Swierzy, Strategic Advisor to Group CEO, Axiata Group
•    David Goldstein, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital

About Media Partners Asia (MPA)

Founded in 2001, MPA is the leading provider of advisory, consulting and research services, focusing on media and telecommunications industries in Asia Pacific. MPA teams, operating out of Hong Kong, Singapore and India, track 19 markets with local depth and provide in-depth analysis of key segments within media & telecoms. MPA has advised a wide range of companies on M&A, equity and debt transactions totaling more than US$30 billion over the last 15 years. MPA works with global, regional and local companies to benchmark competition and industry performance, optimize synergies, and launch new services and products across new markets.

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Lavina Bhojwani         
VP, Client Services & Operations
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