Global Media Giants and Key Regional Players Converge at the Upcoming CASBAA Convention in Macau to Mark 25th Anniversary of As

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Global Media Giants and Key Regional Players Converge at the Upcoming CASBAA Convention in Macau to Mark 25th Anniversary of Asian Cable TV and the Inauguration of CASBAA

CASBAA Convention 2016 finalizes speaker lineup

 

Hong Kong, 7 October 2016 – With 2016 marking the 25th anniversary of both cable TV in the region and the inauguration of CASBAA, this year’s CASBAA Convention is set to underscore just how much the industry has transformed over the last quarter of a century. This year the CASBAA Convention is at a new venue at Studio City, Macau, and promises to be hotter than ever, with an impressive line-up of speakers including the opening keynote from one of the most powerful men in advertising Irwin Gotlieb, Global Chairman of media agency Group M. Other speakers include Bennett Pozil from California-based East West Bank who has been deeply involved in arranging financing for China’s Hollywood funding, Chad Gutstein, CEO of Machinima, one of the biggest online “multichannel networks” (or MCNs) and James Schwab, the Co-President of Vice Media, who was an advisor on some of the biggest media deals in the US in the past decade and more, including work with Time Warner, DreamWorks, Sony and Viacom. Other speakers include Thom Beers, who was responsible for creating “Monster Garage”, “Deadliest Catch”, “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”, and Neil Smythe who runs the hugely successful online social media fan site “Football Republic”.  This will be the first opportunity most delegates will have had to learn from any of these speakers in Asia.

 

The CASBAA Convention will also address issues on piracy and the rise of the pirate black box, or the “Illicit Streaming Device” as well as covering topics at the heart of the digital transformation of the broadcast industry, with global and regional overviews from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Media Partners Asia, respectively, and sessions from research companies S&P Global Market Intelligence, Kantar, and Nielsen.  The CASBAA Convention will also feature panels on advertising, streaming media, technology, content strategy, and satellite services, as well as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese content.

 

There’s no denying that increased broadband capabilities and the rise of digital disrupters has had a significant impact on the way content is now disseminated and consumed, forcing established industry players to urgently rethink their business model. Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA says, “The simple truth is that companies that fail to evolve will be left behind. By taking a look at some of the best practices in the industry, both in our neck of the woods and further afield, it is our belief that the CASBAA Convention will help our members find ways to navigate – and even conquer – the unchartered territory ahead.”

 

 

This year more than 40 operators from 15 markets have already confirmed their attendance at the CASBAA Convention and CASBAA will showcase a series of fascinating Operator interviews which will take place throughout the conference on the main stage.

 

Please see the table below for full Keynote and speaker lineup.

 

 

 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Speaker Lineup To Date:

Name

Company

Topic

 

 

Irwin Gotlieb

 

 

 

Chairman,
Group M Global

As the man responsible for generating US$100 billion a year from global ad sales (a 30% market share, with 38% of the Asia pie) GroupM Chairman Irwin Gotlieb is the most powerful media buyer on the planet.

Irwin Gotlieb’s opinions matter.

 

 

 

 

Bennett Pozil

 

 

 

 

Head of Corporate Banking & EVP, East West Bank

 

East West Bank is one of the premier entertainment financers in both the U.S. and Greater China and has made over $1.8 billion in loans since 2011 to help finance the production and distribution of film and TV products in the U.S. and China markets.  The group has helped finance hundreds of projects including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Great Wall (2016). The Hunger Games franchise and Orange is the New Black.

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Gutstein

 

 

 

 

CEO, Machinima

Since Multichannel Networks (MCNs) or aggregation “plays” first took their place in the YouTube/OTT economy a couple of years ago, on occasion they have attracted mouthwatering valuations of US$1billion+.

Machinima have the tools, the stats and the scale to create the ultimate destination for fandom and gamer culture and push the boundaries. But where next?

 

 

 

 

Thom Beers

 

 

 

CEO, BobCat

Thom Beers is a living legend among TV producers and is responsible for some of the most innovative PayTV content such as Deadliest Catch,Ice Road TruckersAx Men and Monster Garage. This Face to Face session looks at how he managed to turn fly on the wall docu-drama into such a successful genre and ask quite simply - what’s next?

 

 

 

 

James Schwab

 

 

 

Co-President,
Vice Media

 

VICE began as an anarchic magazine that has since become a $4bn global media brand operating in 30 countries and continues to revolutionise the TV content business. Over the course of his career James Schwab has been involved in some of the biggest media deals over the past decade. What’s next for this new media powerhouse?

 

 

 

Ben Reneker

Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

(formerly SNL Kagan)

 

How the world’s most successful operators leverage big data and predictive analytics to improve the viewing experience.

David Weiland

 

 

Nickhil Jakatdar

 

 

Vishal Malhotra

EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide

 

Founder & CEO, Vuclip

 

COO, Zee Digital Convergence

 

For more than two years, video streaming was no more than a “Threat” to the Pay-TV industry rather than a “Promise”. Today it’s a “Reality”. What further pipe dreams are in store for the Asian TV market in the next 3-5 years?

 

 

 

Basil Chua

 

Dave Downey

 

 

CEO, Asia MX

 

CEO, INVIDI

 

In recent times media have cheerfully been announcing the demise of the traditional advertising model. The solution, of course, is the inexorable rise of Programmatic and Addressable ad sales audience monitoring. But is that true? Has the process become simpler and more effective or yet more confusing for the clients and even the media agencies?

 

 

Craig Johnson

 

MD Media, The Nielsen Company

How measurement techniques are changing to adapt to the new broadcast environment including the latest thinking on Streaming & OTT.

 

 

Neil Smythe

 

Head of Sport, Shotglass Media, FMUK Interactive

The Football Republic (TFR) is a network of social media channels that has engaged football YouTubers. TFR puts the audience first with interactive content that allows fans to have a say as soon as the story breaks.

 

Tom Jahr

 

EVP Product & Marketing, Conax

 

 

Five Tips on How to be top: Winning strategies for PayTV Operators

 

 

Janice Lee

 

 

Katherine Wen

 

MD, PCCW Media Group

 

Director of Pay TV, ITV plc & Channel Director, ITV Choice

 

As the lines begin to blur between pay TV, FTA and terrestrial channels for consumers, we look at how two different companies are addressing fundamental shifts in technology and business plans that are seeing them successfully enter more non-domestic markets

 

Panel discussion hosted by Marcel Fenez

 

 

President, Fenez Media

 

 

As CASBAA moves into its 25th year we look five years into the future of Asian Pay-TV. Will the consumer still pay? Can FTA and PSB survive? Can we expect to see broadcasters embrace OTT as the preferred delivery? What else can we expect that’s just around the corner?

 

CASBAA will also hold its annual Policy Roundtable on the Monday prior to the Convention. This closed-door summit with invited regulatory officials from a range of jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region represents an unprecedented forum for industry and governments to interact.

 

The CASBAA Convention 2016 is generously supported by sponsors including: ABS, APT Satellite, AsiaSat, Brightcove, Celestial Tiger, Cisco, CLUB TV, Conax, Eutelsat, FashionTV, France 24, Ideal Group, INsight, InvestHK, Irdeto, Kantar Media, Leyard, Love Nature, Macau Cable TV, MEASAT, One Championship, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, Scripps Networks Interactive Asia Pacific, SES, Sony Pictures Television, Telstra, Time Warner, TrueVisions, Turner Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE, Verimatrix and Viaccess-Orca.

Patrons for the CASBAA Convention 2016 include: Astro, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

For further information about the CASBAA Convention 2016, please visit www.casbaaconvention.com.

 

 

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About CASBAA – www.casbaa.com

CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia.  Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members please visit here.

 

 

Media contacts

 

Cynthia Wong                          

Member Relations & Marketing Director

CASBAA                      

Tel: +852 3929 1711                  

Email: cynthia@casbaa.com

 

Daphne Li / Rouhui Wong

Ogilvy Public Relations

Tel: +852 2884 8227 / +852 2884 8908

Email: daphne.li@ogilvy.com / rouhui.wong@ogilvy.com

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