2019 Speakers

Gong Yu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr Gong founded iQIYI in 2010 and has been its Chief Executive Officer ever since. Under his leadership, iQIYI has grown into the country’s largest video and entertainment platform both in terms of user base and viewing time.

In 2017, Dr Gong announced a grand mission for iQIYI to become “a technology-based entertainment giant that brings fun and joy to people and their families”, under which the company has been transforming from a streaming service provider to an entertainment empire with products and services across the whole spectrum of the entertainment industry.

Shibasish Sarkar

Group CEO
Reliance Entertainment

Shibasish Sarkar is a Media & Entertainment Industry professional with over 25 years of corporate experience in handling multiple verticals across gaming, films, television, animation, digital content & new media platforms. He has been a part of the leadership team with the Reliance ADA group and has demonstrated organizational capabilities in establishing and scaling business operations, driving sustainable growth by forming key alliances, managing stakeholders, talent partners & cross-functional teams. He is adept at liaising with industry bodies & government authorities and is often called upon to speak at industry related forums.

Shibasish is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, Company Secretary and MBA with specialization in marketing. His past employment includes managerial positions at Viacom 18, UTV Disney & Godrej Sara Lee.

Besides serving in the capacity of Director & Member of the Board within various Reliance ADA group companies, Shibasish leads the M & E businesses as its Group CEO – Content, New Media & Gaming.

He has an ever-growing following on Twitter, where he posts his views on the entertainment business @Shibasishsarkar.


WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks
Distribution and Advertising Sales, EMEA and APAC

Giorgio Stock is President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Distribution and Advertising Sales, EMEA and APAC.

Stock, previously President Turner EMEA, has responsibility for all entertainment networks, distribution of all networks, advertising sales and the kids’ networks operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. Based in London, his focus is on harnessing the existing strengths of the Turner and HBO linear and non-linear branded destinations while also equipping them for further collaboration and growth with a portfolio that includes core brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO and TNT.

Stock joined the company in April 2013 as President Turner EMEA with executive oversight of all Turner kids and entertainment networks in the region, including digital and media services of core brands such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT and TCM as well as kids streaming service Toonix, available direct-to-consumer and via a partnership with HBO Nordic. His role also included the distribution of CNN’s services, and licensing and merchandising activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as international L&M liaison.

He joined the company after a diverse 15-year career with Disney where he held publishing and content leadership roles out of Paris, New York, Milan and London overseeing television, publishing, retail, music and gaming.

He started his career in media and entertainment at Bertelsmann AG where he held senior level positions in corporate strategy at its HQ and operating positions in Publishing in NY and Milan.

Abhi Rastogi

Founder & CEO
108 Media

Abhi Rastogi is the founder and CEO of 108, an international media company focused on connecting and developing high-quality content from emerging markets to global audiences. His goal is to continue empowering talented creators, while giving access to ambitious new players, to satisfy content demands in the east and west respectively.

Rastogi started as managing director of Cinesavvy Inc., a film finance and sales company. There he served as executive producer on two of its key titles, one being FRANKIE & ALICE starring Halle Barry. He also served as Distribution Manager at Cinemavault Releasing, an international film sales firm. There he was responsible for overseeing all acquisitions, sales, and business affairs for a library of over 300 titles.

Rastogi utilizes his extensive experience in content distribution and development to lead his teams in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Toronto. Currently, he is heading up Asian distribution deals with the smash-hit lifestyle channel, Clubbing TV.

Sabrina Duguet

EVP Asia Pacific
all3media International

After studying in France, Sabrina completed her exams in one of the best Television and Cinema production schools in Paris. After graduating she went on to work in production for entertainment programmes, feature documentaries and films in France.

Sabrina has then worked and lived in the UK for nearly 11 years. She began by working within distribution for Indigo Film and Television where she was responsible for the distribution of drama series, kids programming, films and documentaries for Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. She joined all3Media in 2010 becoming SVP International Format Sales, leading the format sales team as well as covering formats sales for France, Germany, Netherlands, Asia and Russia.

In 2015, Sabrina was appointed EVP for Asia Pacific overseeing sales of both completed and formats programmes to the region.

Jinyoung Choi

Team Leader, Business Team

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Deepak Dhar

CEO & Founder

Deepak Dhar is the man credited with being the key driving force behind the content production in India, bringing a unique combination of creativity and commerce to the fore. After being the brain behind some of the most successful fiction and non-fiction formats in his various avatars, Deepak has collaborated with Paris-headquartered content powerhouse Banijay Group and set up Banijay Asia. As the founder CEO of the company, he aims to create premium content for television, films and OTT platforms, with expertise across all genres including entertainment, factual, scripted and reality across all territories in Asia.

In his current profile, Deepak leads the new business, content strategies, partnerships and alliances across the region starting with India. Within a short span, the company has built a strong slate which includes ARRived (the first YouTube India web series), DIVIDED, Dating in the Dark, Hostages, Bombers (India’s first sports drama on Zee5), Nach Baliye 9 (the biggest celebrity couple dance reality show in India), The Kapil Sharma Show and Myntra Fashion Superstar (a reality show for all style and fashion influencers headlined by Sonakshi Sinha) to name a few.

Under his leadership, Banijay Asia has collaborated with Salman Khan TV, MS Dhoni’s new venture- Dhoni Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Group M’s Motion Content Group to create and execute unique concepts for TV and web. The partnership provides scripted and non-scripted content across the numerous interesting genres for Indian and South East Asian markets.

Deepak started his journey in 1996 and has grown to become one of the most prominent names within the entertainment industry. A path-breaker right from the beginning of his career, Deepak has contributed greatly in changing the landscape of Indian television industry and ruled the world of TRP’s with some of the most talked-about shows in Indian Television History like Bigg Boss, Khatron Ke Khiladi, The Voice India, So You Think You Can Dance India and MasterChef India.

In his leisure time, Deepak likes to spend time with family and indulge in watching movies. He has a flair for photography and writing. He is a sports enthusiast and likes to unwind with a game of squash or badminton. Recently Deepak also explored his philanthropic side by participating in a program by Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds homes and provides housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families across India.

Ariya Banomyong

BEC World

Ariya Banomyong is the first external President of BEC World, whose best-known asset is Channel 3, the 2nd largest TV channel in Thailand for 49 years. Ariya’s mission is to transform BEC World into a future-ready business, as content and media are being disrupted across the globe.

Ariya comes from the “Tech” industry; the first Managing Director of LINE Thailand, since October 2015, Ariya was responsible for LINE’s second-largest market.

Prior to LINE, Ariya was the first Country Head of Google Thailand, launching Google’s local presence. Before that, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at True Corporation, where he led the company’s convergence strategy

Ariya has a track record of strong leadership combined with 20 years of experience and extensive industry knowledge in the technology and mobile business areas.

Before coming back to Thailand, Ariya worked for Netonomy, an e-CRM startup, and Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories (a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent), both in France. He initially started his career in telecommunications at Orange in Romania, where he was responsible for project management and CRM.

Ariya holds two Master's degrees – one in Mathematics & IT from the University of Marne-La-Vallée in France, and another in Management from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He also speaks four languages – Thai, English, French and German.

Rob Gilby

CEO & Founder
Blue Hat Ventures

Rob Gilby is CEO & Founder, Blue Hat Ventures, an advisory & investment firm focused on high growth businesses in the Consumer, Media & Technology sectors across Asia.

With 26 years at leading organizations Disney, WarnerMedia and PwC across Asia Pacific and Europe, Rob has established deep industry expertise on the convergence of Consumer, Media & Technology. Through leadership roles and board member positions with digital media, entertainment, distribution, strategy & marketing organizations, he has become a trusted advisor to leaders across the industry.

Most recently Rob was Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, driving the rapid growth of the company’s film, media and consumer products businesses in emerging markets such as Indonesia & Philippines, and pioneering digital media initiatives in mobile, social, games & online video.

Rob is Chair, Advisory Board of the Singapore Media Festival and a Board member of Singapore’s InfoComm & Media Development Authority (IMDA).

Dahye Son

Channel A

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Jin Woo Hwang (黃振宇)

Head of Global Content Development (Snr. Manager)
Content Activation Team
Media Solution Division (Global Business)

Hwang oversees the global content development and production of creating “brand x content integration” business model in CJ ENM's global media solution division. He has been a director and producer for 18 years, in charge of producing over 70 TV programmes. He has been working on a wide range of international formats in local productions such as Popstars to Opera, Top Gear, Got Talent, Bet on your Baby, Who wants to be a Millionaire and The Phone.

Hwang successfully developed original formats to go global, such as Better Late than Never (aka, Grandpas over Flowers), I can see your Voice, The Genius Game, and Golden Tambourine. Formerly working as CJ ENM's format and content development chief in company's media content division, he was in charge of developing new content and international projects to be localized and produced in international areas.

Hwang is also a Korean government-certified industry expert of global content development, vice-chairman of the “Korea Format Alliance”, organized by KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency), and general board member of FRAPA. In 2018, Hwang was awarded a Prime Minister citation for his contribution to industry pioneer for Korean content.

Jully Kim

Manager, Global Content Development

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Wootak Lee

Team Leader

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Bobby Chinn

Chef, Restaurateur, Award-Winning Television Personality, Cookbook Author

Bobby is credited with introducing modern Vietnamese cuisine to the London restaurant scene with the House of Ho (2014) and starting a gastronomic revolution in Vietnam with his highly acclaimed restaurants — Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh (2011). Over the last two years, Bobby has assembled a team to develop several restaurant concepts, the latest being Arachine by Bobby Chinn for the Marriot Hotel Group in the Diplomatic Quarters of Riyadh. The restaurant is a global small plate concept picked up from his myriad of travels and offers modernised versions of iconic Khaliji dishes from the Gulf. His most recent concept is a two-tier fast-casual/fast-food Vietnamese rollout, working with ethically/sustainably sourced ingredients to create a flavourful, healthy, low fat, gluten-free and sustainable fast-food alternative.

Bobby’s enthusiasm, energy and passion for food are infectious as he cooks and entertains. Through his trademark personality, a successful new career in television was inevitable when Discovery TLC approached Bobby in 2006 to host his first solo TV show — World Café Asia — presenting a taste of Asia through traditional street stalls, hawker centres, renowned restaurants and hot spots.

This garnered him ‘Best Entertainment Presenter’ award in 2007 & 2010 at the Asia Television Awards. He then went on to host: Bobby Chinn Cooks Asia, Detox, and Restaurant Bobby Chinn with TLC in 2007, 2009 and 2012 respectively.

Soon after, he was picked up by Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) and is now a permanent judge on Top Chef Middle East. It is one of the highest rated shows for MBC and the most popular culinary show across the Middle East and North Africa.

Thanks in part to his role as host of Discovery TLC’s World Café series and judge on Top Chef Middle East, Bobby catapulted into a culinary celebrity across Asia and the Middle East.

Bobby has worked with some of the leading TV food personalities including Keith Floyd, Martha Stewart, Anthony Bourdain, Antony Worrall Thompson and Andrew Zimmern. He has appeared on CNN, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, No Reservations, UK’s Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, and UKTV Food’s Great Food Live. Bobby has served as a panelist for San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants Asia and was appointed Vietnam Tourism Ambassador to the EU by the Vietnamese government in 2014.

In 2019, Bobby was honoured by his alma mater, Richmond, The American International University in London and awarded an Honorary Degree in Liberal Arts.

Jimmy Kim

Managing Director

Jimmy Kim is a familiar face on stage at varied media, content, and telecommunications-related conferences and forums across Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.

He has gone from being Director of Contents Distribution at CNBC Asia Pacific, to Head of Contents Distribution, New Media & Partnership at Bloomberg TV Asia Pacific and Vice President, Contents Distribution Department at Viacom International Media Networks (which owns MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount etc).

Jimmy then moved on to become CEO of Ustream Korea, an online/mobile TV platform, born from a JV between Korea Telecom & Softbank in Japan. He later took on the role as Senior Vice President, Contents/Library/Licensing at MNC Media in Indonesia and most recently, as Managing Director, General Management/Strategy/P&L responsibility at Globecast Asia Pte Ltd, before stepping into Genflix.

Jimmy also lectures at various universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Catholic Uni and Sung Kyun Kwan Univ & junior MBA program.

Quark Henares

Globe Studios

Quark Henares is a multi-award filmmaker known for having written and directed feature films such as, My Candidate, Rakenrol and Keka. He also created the cult TV series, Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V., to Sandwich, to Taken by Cars.

When he isn't filming, he's busy being a musician, columnist, DJ, entrepreneur and professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. Quark is currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and television arm of Globe Telecom.

Michael Lewis

Chief Content Officer
Gojek Entertainment Group

Michael Lewis is currently the Chief Content Officer at GoPlay, an Indonesian-based SVOD service founded by Gojek, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile on-demand services and payments platform, where he oversees all original and licensed content.

Prior to joining Gojek, he was the Head of Motion Pictures at Amazon Studios, the original content arm of Amazon Instant Video. As the first external hire into Amazon Studios in 2010, Michael was instrumental in growing that team from three people to 500+ employees.

He began his career as a Creative Executive at ShadowCatcher Entertainment, a production company that financed, developed and produced Sundance-award winning specialty feature films. Michael holds an MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management, an MFA in Film Producing from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and an MFA in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.


Company Director
Grafizix Co., Ltd.

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Chris Knight

President and CEO
Gusto TV

Television industry veteran and epicurean Chris Knight is the President and CEO of Gusto TV, a vertically integrated media company that produces, distributes, and broadcasts high-quality food content. Known worldwide for his innovative and highly stylized culinary and lifestyle content, Knight has produced over 500 hours of original television programming and continues to create about 100 hours annually. His shows have been seen in more than 170 countries.

In 2013, Knight independently launched food and lifestyle channel Gusto TV in Canada, operating it from Ottawa. After three short years on air, Bell Media licensed the Canadian Gusto TV brand in a ground-breaking partnership. Recently, Knight launched Gusto TV on several international streaming platforms in the US, Singapore, Latin America, and UK.

A food-lover at heart, Knight was an early advocate of regional cuisine and the slow food movement and is a visiting professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Knight is highly respected in the Canadian culinary community and is a judge for Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants.

Knight is an award-winning writer who has authored nine best-selling cookbooks based on his popular television shows. He's won the International Gourmand World Cookbook Award and International Golden Panda Award, both for One World Kitchen. Chris has won seven Taste Awards in several categories, including Best New Series (2016 and 2017), Best International Program (2017 and 2018), Best Ethnic Lifestyle (2017), Best Green or Organic Series (2018), and Best Series Pilot (2018). Knight has also won a 2017 James Beard Award for Fish the Dish in the category of Television Program In Studio or Fixed Location.

Vishnu Mohta

Co-Founder, Hoichoi
Executive Director, SVF

Vishnu Mohta, 35 years old, joined SVF in 2007, as the head of the Digital Cinema business. After making it the largest player in West Bengal and fourth largest network in India within a year of operations, Vishnu now heads the New Media division of SVF Entertainment. He just launched its first venture, Hoichoi, the one-stop destination for Bengali entertainment – showcasing Originals (in the form of web series, films and shorts), Movies and free Music Streaming, targeting Bengalis in India and the Bengali diaspora.

Vishnu has worked with KPMG in Risk Advisory and Lloyds TSB in Corporate Strategy in their London offices, in the past. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bond University Australia and MSc in International Business from Aston University Birmingham, UK.

Armed with an exceptional ability for identifying solutions to entrenched problems, helping to collaborate with a solution centric approach across all levels, he has built long lasting profitable business relationships.

Vishnu is a member of prestigious organizations including Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), a society of top 10% students from the best B schools of the world. It is the highest recognition a business student, anywhere in the world, can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Experienced in Corporate Finance and Strategy, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, Vishnu has an in-depth understanding of the Media and Entertainment industry.

Nick Walters


Nicholas Walters is founder and CEO of Hopster, the BAFTA-nominated preschool learning and entertainment platform.

The platform offers over 1,500 episodes of premium TV shows as well as music, books and learning games all in a safe, ad-free environment. Hopster can be download from the App Store and Google Play and is available on selected TV platforms including Amazon Fire TV, EE TV, Roku in the UK, Comcast Xfinity, DISH and Sling TV in the US and on many other platforms around the world.

Since launching in 2013, Hopster has topped the App Store charts in over 36 countries and was awarded 2016’s Best App of the Year on Apple TV in the UK and Ireland. It was also selected the Best Streaming Video Platform for preschoolers by Kidscreen in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

The London-based startup is backed by UK and international investors, including: Davina McCall, Tony Orsten (The Imaginarium), Bhavneet Singh (Viacom, Pearson), Sandbox & Co and Angel CoFund.

Before founding Hopster, Walters spent six years at Viacom International Media Networks. Having joined Viacom as head of strategy and business development for the Emerging Markets region (Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa) he went on to serve as General Manager for Russia and CIS. As GM, he established Viacom’s first office in Russia and oversaw the launch of a series of channels, including Nickelodeon-HD and Nick Jr.Walters is a Children’s BAFTA Juror (2014) and was named as one of TechCityInsiders’s 100 people helping redefine digital business in Britain. He began his career in strategy consulting and holds a BA from the University of Oxford.

Heychung Eun


Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Junghyun Shon

in Wonderland

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Graeme Stanley

Chief Operating Officer
Insight TV

Graeme Stanley is the chief Commercial Officer for Insight TV. His core responsibility is to grow the presence of Insight TV across linear and digital platforms worldwide.

Graeme has more than 25 years’ experience in the international media and entertainment sector as a senior executive with several networks and distribution platforms. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Teuve, now part of AMC Networks in Spain, Programming Director for ITV Digital (UK), Director of Consumer Media at Cable and Wireless Communications and a Director of KPN Kabel.

Graeme started his career in Canada with Fundy Cable Ltd/Ltée,. He has lived and worked in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and is currently residing in Barcelona, Spain.

Taekjin Nam

J WONDER co. ltd

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Sunah Kim

J WONDER co. ltd

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

William Chan

Senior Vice President

William Chan, Senior Vice President of iQIYI, is rewarded amongst TOP 10 Producers in China, and he is also serving as the Deputy Director of the Literature and Art Committee of the China Television Artists Association.

During his 20 years in TV and online streaming entertainment content production career, William has successfully built a number of hit variety shows and phenomenal IP, including The Voice of China, The Rap of China, Hot-Blood Dance Crew, CZR, etc. Meanwhile, he has achieved a number of breakthroughs and inspired the industry. In 2016, William first introduced the concept of “Super Internet Variety Show”, which remarks a new era of blockbuster internet-produced entertainment contents. As the chief producer of The Rap of China, William unprecedently applied dramatized narrative techniques into editing and created a new genre of “Drama Reality Show”. Furthermore, he developed the show beyond content into an innovative IP chain, connecting all business units of iQIYI, including derivative products, gaming, literature, VIP, animations, VR, etc.

Having joined iQIYI since 2015, William integrated more than 10 professional production teams, with commercial team, publicity & operation team, post production team, and talent agent team, to build up iQIYI Professional Production Center (iPPC). Now, iPPC has grown into the biggest fully structured content production & operation unit focusing on variety programs among online streaming sites in China.

William is recognized as an industry leader both domestically and oversea. He has been rewarded as “China’s Most Creative People in Business 100” by FASTCOMPANY China in 2017 and “Most Influential People in Global Cultural Diversity” by Variety U.S. in 2019.

Jaeha Lee

Manager, Digital Planning Team

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Jaden Seo

Manager, Global Business Team

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Keri Lewis Brown

Founder & CEO
K7 Media

Keri Lewis Brown founded K7 Media in 1998 as an independent organisation, providing TV trend insights and media intelligence to broadcasters, producers and distributors internationally. The company is now a leading media affording insights to a worldwide client base, including many of the key players in TV broadcasting. Keri is on the Management Board of FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association), which aims to protect the intellectual property of television formats across the globe.

Michelle Lin

Manager (APAC)
K7 Media

Michelle joined K7 Media after graduating from the Masters’ degree at the University of Manchester. Michelle has led the business growth in the Asia Pacific territory and represented K7 Media at various events around the world such as MIP Formats, BCWW, Shanghai TV Festival, CCTV’s New Media Forum and China Media Centre.

Michelle is experienced in format analysis, multi-genre programme research and territory study on Asia-Pacific countries. Passionate about observing the fast-evolving media ecosystem, Michelle is excited to share her insights at ATF.

Dong-Cheul Moon

Manager, Global Business Department
KBS Media

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Vivek Bhutyani

Lattu Kids

Vivek Bhutyani is Co-Founder and CEO of Lattu Kids. Lattu Kids is building an early learning brand for preschool kids in India. Before starting Lattu, Vivek was head of Global Content Licensing at Star and grew Star's revenues by 3x in 2 years. Vivek also took Star's entry to new international markets like Turkey & Latin America.

Prior to Star, Vivek was head of West Markets for Nokia India for B2B and Retail businesses. Vivek has 18+ years of experience across Consumer facing roles, Sales, Marketing, Growth, Distribution & managing P&Ls. He has also worked for companies like BT, and Cable & Wireless.

Edward Barnieh

Manager (International Originals)
Kids & Family

Edward Barnieh joins the Netflix Kids & Family team (International Originals) and brings with him over 15 years of animation experience across broadcast and streaming.

Prior to joining Netflix, Edward spent 6 years at Warner Media Hong Kong where he acquired and co-produced shows for their portfolio of kids’ channels, including Cartoon Network, Toonami, Pogo, and Boomerang.

However, Edward's industry journey started in Viacom, London, where he kick-started his career as an editor before moving into content acquisition for the Nickelodeon family of channels in the UK.

In his spare time, Edward is a keen photographer and has amassed over 200,000 followers on Instagram.

His mission is to create the most compelling content and have it enjoyed by the widest possible audience.

Max Woo

Manager, Global Business Department

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Yu Jie

Vice President, Oriental Pearl Group
General Manager, SMG Pictures & WingsMedia

Yu Jie, Vice President of Oriental Pearl Group, General Manager of SMG Pictures and WingsMedia, holds concurrent posts on the Television Production Committee of China Radio and Television Association (CRTA) as vice president and China Television Drama Production Industry Association (CTPIA) as executive director respectively.

Under the leadership of Yu, the company produced winners of “Flying Apsaras Awards”, “Golden Eagle Awards” and “Five-One Project Award” and many other significant awards of the China’s film and TV drama industry. In 2018, TV dramas Like a Flowing River and Huang Tu Gao Tian produced by the company gained good reputations; while the film Running to the Spring was listed by the State Administration of Film as the top of the key works paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up with the honor of “Best Film in Shanghai 2018”.

As a vital strategic partner of BBC and Disney in China, SMG Pictures is now taking a step on the road to “Telling the Story of China in a more international way”. Born in China co-presented by the Walt Disney Company won the “Special Award for China International Communication Contribution”; while the film Earth: One Amazing Day co-produced by BBC received favorable responses at its world premiere in Mainland China.

Meanwhile, as the leading talent in the fields of TV drama, film animation and comic, Yu Jie operated more than 20 projects of film, TV drama and animation winning about 80 awards at home and abroad.

Tony Gunnarsson

Principal Analyst, OTT Video
Ovum, Media & Entertainment

Tony Gunnarsson is a principal analyst at Ovum. His expertise lie in premium online video streaming, covering everything from Netflix to iTunes.

Responsible for Ovum's global OTT video forecasting, Tony is an authority on the global development of Netflix and Amazon and the increasingly mature online video subscription market. Tony is currently focused on the entry of new OTT video services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max and Peacock, and the likely impact these and other services will have on existing markets.

Tony joined Ovum in 2014 as an analyst in the TV practice. He currently heads up Ovum's global OTT video research and forecasting, focusing on OTT video subscription services and the online future of TV.

Prior to joining Ovum, Tony was a senior analyst at IHS Media (formerly Screen Digest), where he covered Home Entertainment, focusing on the transition from physical formats to online platforms.

Jay Lin

CEO, Portico Media
Founder, GagaOOLala

Founder and director of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival and of GagaOOLala, the first queer film streaming platform in Asia, Jay Lin has weaved his life as a gay dad, a media executive, a gay activist and a movie producer together into one single goal: to elevate LGBT visibility and accelerate acceptance in Taiwan and, hopefully, beyond.

His company, Portico Media, has received numerous awards including the Golden Horse for Best Short Film and the Taipei Film Award for Best Feature. Portico Media is now a dynamic hub for content development, production, distribution and marketing.

Alexandre Michelin

Co-Founder & Partner

International Emmy Award Winner 2006 is a creative entrepreneur with global management experience in the TV industry for 20 years in Europe (General Manager at Canal+, Paris Première, France 5) and extensive Digital Media knowledge (General Manager at Microsoft MSN EMEA for 9 years).

Alexandre Michelin is co-founder and Partner of the French premium SVOD platform, Spicee.com, offering documentaries, video reports and feature series. He was Senior Partner Digital development of Asian Side of the Doc for 3 years.

As CEO of nov-e, a boutique of investments, he directly manages participations in media and tech assets in Europe.

Yuanli Liu

Manager, Global Contents Production, SBS
Manager, FormatEast

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 3pm – 4pm

Here Comes the Smashing K Formats!

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A rare opportunity to witness the most trending and unique formats from South Korea, as the session looks at both developed and in-development formats. This will be the first K Format Showcase to present Korean In-development formats

Mitch Mallon

Founder & CEO
Stadium Media

Mitch Mallon is the founder and CEO of Stadium Media, a global digital distribution company established in 2015 that supplies programs to over 150 countries around the world.

Mallon is a 30-year entertainment veteran having achieved tremendous success in the music, home entertainment and digital entertainment industries. He has held senior management positions at Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Image Entertainment.

In 2007, Mallon co-founded the Digital EMA and is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for Digital EMA “http://www.entmerch.org/digitalema/”. Digital EMA's programs and initiatives help educate and inform content creators, distributors, service providers, technology companies, and studios who are interested in the evolving digital marketplace.

Mallon is a member of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Joowon Lee

SuperBean Co.

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Jinhong Cha

Team Leader
Starship Vending-machine Corp.

Session Date: December 4, 2019
Session Time: 4pm – 5pm

Big Interest in K Shorts (NEW!)

Session sponsored by KOCCA
A newly launched showcase with the most outstanding short forms from South Korea.

Michel Rodrigue

CEO & Partner
The Format People

With 35+ years’ experience, knowledge and connections in the television industry, Michel has played a key role in driving the television Format industry to worldwide prominence. He offers comprehensive consultancy on all aspects of the business from building TV networks to providing executive-mentoring, global market analysis and bespoke format purchase and distribution advice. He is a sought-after keynote lecturer and producer of international entertainment workshops and seminars.

While helming The Format People during the past 10 years, Michel’s broad-ranging work has included substantial mandates with major broadcasters and production companies including Warner Bros, FOX Reality, Fremantle Media and Star China; executive-mentoring of leading figures in the TV business, and major infrastructure projects such as building Mongol TV from the ground-up into one the country’s leading broadcasters.

Michel consults with a number of Asian television clients on co-development partnerships as well as advising on the sale, production & protection of their formats on the international market. Michel has been speaking about Chinese co-development and SARFT regulations since being on an Asia TV Forum panel in 2016; and spearheaded 4-module training Master Class sessions on Formats in both China and in Korea. Over the years, he moderated numerous panels and has recently been invited to keynote, and lead workshops at: MipTV/MipFormats to BCWW Seoul, Korea; and Promax BDA in Los Angeles.

Instigator of the first TV Format Market at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 1999, Michel was dubbed by the press “The Father of Formats” for his in-depth knowledge of the format business. His early career included the role of Vice-President of Programming and Production at Télé-Capitale Inc. (now TVA) in Quebec Canada. Michel began his television career in the early 70’s as a writer, cameraman and director.

Michel was honored with a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Jacques Toubon, from the government of France and is an active member of the international television community. He is one of the founding members of FRAPA, as well as the EMC (Entertainment Master Class). Michel was a long-standing member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – producers of the International Emmy Awards.

Leslie Lee

Vice President – Kids Content
Turner Asia Pacific

Leslie Lee is Turner’s Vice President of Kids Content, overseeing Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO networks in Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, his role includes the programming, operations, brand and franchise management, and content direction for the three brands. He’ll also be working closely with the original production and development team, as well as the branded content, digital and games units.

Leslie has over two decades’ experience and expertise in the entertainment industry in Asia, across marketing communications, programming, channel management, animation development and media distribution. His career includes spells at MediaCorp, Viacom and he was most recently Executive Director of Media Networks at The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) – a company he joined in 2007.

He presently volunteers his time mentoring media students in various Singapore-based institutes of higher learning, sits on the programming committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and is a board member of Centre 42, a non-profit arts organisation that supports playwriting in Singapore.

Gourav Rakshit

COO / Head
Viacom18 / Voot digital business

With over 70 million users, Voot has emerged as the preferred OTT destination for women and youth audiences in India, based on a deliberate content strategy and meaningful user engagement.

Prior to his work at Viacom18, Gourav served as President and CEO at Shaadi.com and was instrumental in building one of India’s most iconic internet brands. After successfully scripting millions of love stories in real life on Shaadi.com, he then turned his attention to scripting reel-life stories in India’s booming OTT industry.

In what seems like a past life, Gourav also spent time at pioneering organizations like Nestle, Apple, GE and Wells Fargo. An unabashed champion of all things digital, he thrives in the restless vibe of an internet business. In his spare time, he likes to alternate between racket sports and tinkering with data science driven ideas & models.

Anne Loi

EVP M&A & Chief Commercial Officer

Anne Loi, EVP M&A and Chief Commercial Officer, works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive WildBrain’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows.

She oversees content and IP investment, key external partnerships, and business analytics in addition to her responsibilities in mergers and acquisition activities. Anne has been a core member of WildBrain’s leadership team since the Company’s founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form WildBrain’s predecessor, DHX Media.

Prior to joining WildBrain, Anne was Vice President of Financial Strategy at Extend Media and before that, she held various management positions at IMG Group (now Lavalife), Proctor & Gamble and Deloitte.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Ajay Vidyasagar

Asia Pacific Regional Director

Ajay is the Asia Pacific Regional Director for YouTube at Google based in Singapore. He has worked closely with some of the region’s biggest broadcasters, top creators, Music labels and motion picture companies, helping them partner with YouTube on their digital video strategy. He manages some of the biggest markets for YouTube globally including markets across ASEAN and India. He has been at Google and Youtube for over eight years now.

Ajay spent over fourteen years at STAR Television in India playing a key leadership role and making tremendous contributions: from leading STAR PLUS, STAR ONE, Channel [V], Star Vijay, Marketing, to its content and new media division. His achievements include Channel [V]’s launch of a youth platform, launch of Star’s Interactive business in India and the launch of STAR network into South India. Ajay also spearheaded the launch of Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”) to record among the highest rated TV show launches in Indian television history in 2006.

Before joining Google, Ajay acted as Chief Operating Officer of Sun TV Network in India. Ajay is a graduate from the University of Madras and Postgraduate in the Advanced Media from the Indian School of Business.

Ajay is a Malayalee South Indian married to Anna Alexander and has two children – Shloka who is twenty and Neal who is thirteen years old.

Vivian Yin

Senior Industry Consultant

Vivian Yin, Senior industry consultant, former CEO of Fremantle China, general board member of format protection body, FRAPA; and the member of the Advisory Board of NATPE. Yin is the winner of the highest award of TV art of China, ‘Starlight Awards’ and “Golden Eagle Awards”.

During her four years with Fremantle, Vivian Yin has successfully reshaped the company’s branding and driven the business expansion in the most rapidly changing Market, China. By setting up effective business model and forming solid partnership with all the major broadcasters, digital platforms, production houses and advertisers, Yin has introduced more than 10 new shows to China.

In the first half of 2019, Yin has led Fremantle China to co-developed and executive co-produced the first of its type new Entertainment Series, World’s Got Talent based on the global hit Got Talent with its Partner Hunan TV and Syco Entertainment. The programme has broken many records in China TV history and is nominated as the contender of Best Non-Scripted Entertainment for Asia Academy Creative Award.

Before joining Fremantle, Vivian Yin has been at the forefront of China’s burgeoning format practice since her time with Star China as Chief Representative and Vice President in Production in 2012. Yin oversaw the company’s format activities, including licensing IP into the country.

Prior to Star China, Vivian Yin worked as executive producer for SMG for 10 years, during which period, she has won the two highest trophies of China Television Industry.

Vibha Chopra

Business Head
Zee Studios Intl Distribution & Global Syndication

Vibha Chopra is an economist with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has been associated with Zee for over a decade, and has successfully managed various responsibilities in marketing, digital and international film distribution, in both India and the US.

Currently, she is managing the International Film Distribution since 2016, and the Global Syndication since 2018. Within a short span of time, Vibha has successfully distributed various films and content across languages in the global markets.

She has also successfully opened and developed new territories for ZEE, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Netherlands, Russia and Poland, amongst others.

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