Gearing Up for APOS?


The massive changes under way in Asia Pacific’s video industry, valued at $120 billion this year, will take center stage at the Asia Pacific Video Operators Summit (APOS) in Bali next week.

Our APOS edition takes an in-depth look at the streaming video landscape in Asia, which is fast transforming the region’s subscription television business. We also have interviews with ZEE’s Amit Goenka and MNC’s David Audy. You can read the APOS edition here.

The agenda kicks off Wednesday morning with opening remarks by Vivek Couto, executive director and co-founder of Media Partners Asia, the organizer of APOS. Next, under the banner “A Global Game,” five global heavyweights will weigh in on their AsiaPac strategies: YouTube’s Robert Kyncl, Disney’s Andy Bird, Fox Networks Group’s Brian Sullivan, Turner’s Gerhard Zeiler, NBCUniversal’s Kevin MacLellan and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos. The “Different Rules” set of conversations will look at new methods of monetization and engaging consumers. The lineup includes Globe Telecom’s Ernest Cru, Foxtel’s Peter Tonagh, Amazon’s James Farrell, Facebook’s Nick Grudin, Viacom’s David Lynn, BBC Worldwide’s Paul Dempsey, Sky’s Andrew Griffith and Telkomsel’s Ririek Adriansyah. The afternoon sessions begin with Indosat Ooredoo’s Alexander Rusli, followed by a panel with iflix’s Mark Britt, PCCW’s Janice Lee, Telkomsel’s Alistair Johnston and Disney’s Robert Gilby. Later in the afternoon, Korea and India take center stage. For the Korea sessions, APOS has lined up CJ E&M’s Sang Gill (Tschaik) Lee and JTBC’s Joengdo Hong. The speakers for the section on India, titled “Placing Bets on New Pipes and Old,” are ZEE’s Amit Goenka, Network18’s Adil Zainulbhai, IndiaCast’s Anuj Gandhi, Amazon’s Nitesh Kripalani, Balaji Telefilms’ Sameer Nair, Hotstar’s Ajit Mohan, Viacom18’s Gaurav Gandhi and Sudhanshu Vats and Tata Sky’s Harit Nagpal.

“Risk and Reinvention” is the theme of the Thursday morning sessions, featuring WPP’s Scott Spirit, VICE’s Jay Rosenstock and Hosi Simon, Trace’s Olivier Laouchez, 88rising’s Jason Ma and Discovery’s Michael Lang. Weighing in on the “China Opportunity” is Tang Media Partners’ Donald Tang. Later in the morning schedule, there will be strands on sports and news. Content takes center stage in the afternoon, with panelists that include Media Prima’s Kamal Khalid, DramaFever’s Hyun Park and A+E Networks’ Ed Sabin. Later in the day, APOS delegates will hear from Optus’s Allan Lew, Stan’s Mike Sneesby, HOOQ’s Peter Bithos and MNC’s Hary Tanoesoedibjo.