Agenda Released for APOS 2018


Viacom’s Bob Bakish, 21st Century Fox’s Uday Shankar and Discovery’s JB Perrette are among the executives slated to speak at Media Partners Asia’s APOS summit this April, which will spotlight how the production, distribution and monetization of content are being transformed across the Asia-Pacific region.

“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,” said Vivek Couto, executive director of Media Partners Asia.

Among the key conference strands is “Race to Scale,” looking at the local challenges for global brands operating in Asia. The lineup includes Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom; Uday Shankar, president of 21st Century Fox Asia; JB Perrette, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International; Ricky Ow, the president of Turner Asia Pacific; Mahesh Samat, senior VP and managing director of The Walt Disney Company, South Asia; Gina Brogi, president of global distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution; and Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO of Viacom18 Media.

A slew of execs from OTT platforms are set to participate at APOS, which will spotlight the latest developments in Asia’s streaming market. Confirmed speakers include Amazon Prime Video Asia Pacific’s James Farrell, Hotstar’s Ajit Mohan, HOOQ’s Peter Bithos, Hulu Japan’s Kazufumi Nagasawa, iflix’s Mark Britt, Netflix’s Roma De and Tony Zameczkowski and PCCW Media Group’s Janice Lee, among many others.

There will also be a focus on telcos as they angle for a greater share of the region’s growing broadband market, with speakers that include Ernest Cu, president and CEO of Globe Telecom and Allen Lew, CEO of Optus.

Opportunities in Southeast Asia will take center stage with discussions with Astro’s Rohana Rozhan, ABS-CBN’s Carlo Katigbak, MNC Group’s Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Mediacorp’s Tham Loke Kheng and TVB’s S.K. Cheong.

Under the theme of “The Evolution of Entertainment: Making New Stories Pay,” several content execs and producers are heading to APOS. Among them are acclaimed Indonesian TV and film director Joko Anwar, BBC Studios’ Mark Linsey, JTBC’s Su Young Lee, Blue Ant Media’s Michael MacMillan, Warner Bros. Korea’s Hyun Park and Vice Asia Pacific’s Hosi Simon.

Also on the agenda is a batch of sessions about investors, with CMC’s Li Ruigang, Emerald Media’s Paul Aiello, Raine’s Deborah Mei and GO-JEK’s Nadiem Makarim set to participate, among others.

APOS is set for April 24 to 26 in Bali, Indonesia.