- Matthew Kurlanzik, Director, Government Relations, Asia, 21st Century Fox
Matthew Kurlanzik is the Director of Government Relations, Asia for 21st Century Fox. Based in Hong Kong, he is responsible for supporting public policy and regulatory issues that impact 21 Century Fox’s diverse business units across Asia. Matthew has a particular focus on the digital space and promoting effective policy solutions for dealing with content piracy. Previously, Matthew worked on international strategy for an e-commerce company and in various roles across the finance sector.
- Edwina Gao, Territory Head, China, A+E Networks Asia
As Territory Head, Mainland China, Edwina Ngao has over 17 years of experience in international TV media. She joined A+E Networks in early 2014 and is in charge of expanding the A+E Networks business in China and Vietnam in terms of channel portfolio, different strategic partnerships, localized content production, including documentary, TV movies and formats. Previously she was Vice President and Territory Head of China in FOX International Channels, and successfully led a team to develop different platforms partnerships and co-production. During the 6 years in FIC, she grew the distribution business of FOX International Channels in Asia and was responsible for the distribution of 17 channel brands.
- Gilbert Ho, Managing Partner, AID Partners Capital Limited
Gilbert Ho is Managing Partner of AID Partners Capital Ltd and Executive Director andCIO of AID Partners Capital Holdings Ltd. He was the Vice President of ITC Corporation Ltd., the Senior Investment Director of New World Development Company Ltd., an Executive Director of New World Strategic Investment Ltd and was a Partner of international law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP. Ho is an independent Non-Executive Director of Kam Hing International Holdings Ltd. since May 2010 and Hailiang International Holdings Ltd. since May 2014.
- Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global
As President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, Bruce Tuchman leads the strategic distribution, programming, business development and marketing of the AMC and Sundance Channel brands internationally. Tuchman also manages Kinowelt TV, one of German-speaking Europe’s leading film networks and a company that AMC Networks acquired in 2014. Tuchman joined AMC Networks from MGM Worldwide Network. He came to MGM from MTV Networks, where he served as General Manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures and Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon New Media Ventures. He was appointed to his current position in 2014, having previously served as President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global since 2011.
- Pierre Cheung, VP and General Manager, Greater China, BBC Worldwide
Pierre Cheung is based in BBC Worldwide’s Beijing office and reports to David Weiland, EVP of BBC Worldwide Asia. He is in charge of BBC Worldwide’s channel and content distribution, local production, affiliate distribution and brand development activities across Hong Kong and China. As part of his remit, Pierre also looks after BBC Worldwide’s format and brand licensing in this territory. Pierre joined BBC Worldwide in 2001 as Account Manager, North Asia for BBC World in Hong Kong, working his way to General Manager.
- John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, CASBAA
John Medeiros is the Chief Policy Officer of CASBAA as well as Senior Government relations Advisor to the Board. He leads CASBAA’s programme of engagement with governments and the policy community inside and outside Asia. CASBAA’s advocacy of members’ interests and dialogue with a wide range of regulatory officials on behalf of the pay-TV industry are under his direction. He also coordinates the Association’s research, education, and intellectual property enforcement activities. Since John joined CASBAA, he has spearheaded the Association’s development of a sustained program of regulatory advocacy on behalf of industry growth and development. He is one of the principal authors of the seminal “Regulating for Growth” comparative studies of regulation across the Asian region.
- Yan Bo, Deputy Director, Copyright Management Department of China Central Television (CCTV)
Yan Bo serves as the Deputy Director, Copyright Management Department of China Central Television. He is also the Chairman of the Copyright Committee of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Yan has over 20 years of experience with CCTV and 10 years in the Copyright Management Department. In his current role, Yan is responsible for the copyright management issues for CCTV programme production, purchasing, publishing and exploitation, copyright protection and other related business.
- Kristian Kender, Partner/Business Development Director, China Media Management Inc.
Kristian Kender is a Partner/Business Development Director of CMM-I, a Beijing based consulting firm focused on China's content industries. CMM-I works with a number of companies such as All3media International, Cineflix Rights, Sesame Workshop, Guinness World Records, and many others assisting them to build their content distribution, format licensing as well as co-production businesses in China. CMM-I is also the China agents for German Films, and the exclusive distributor for National Geographic Large Format Films in the Hong Kong and Mainland markets.
- Maggie Zhou, BD Director, China Media Capital
Maggie Zhou is a BD Director at China Media Capital. She is in charge of advertising, licensing and other business-related operation. Prior to her current role, she was the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai WingsMedia Co., Ltd and was responsible for managing teams dealing with domestic and international businesses including merchandising, distribution, co-production, PR events and other media-related projects.
- Fang Chang, Senior Vice President and General Manager – China, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Fang Chang is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s China operations. Based in Beijing, he is responsible for driving the strategic growth and development of Discovery’s business in China. In this role, Fang oversees the business operations and is also in charge of building a strong relationship for Discovery with government authorities which regulate and supervise foreign media businesses in China. Before he joined Discovery in 2002, Fang was Zenith Media’s Business Director in Taiwan and also worked as the Deputy General Manager for Singapore broadcaster TCS' Taiwan office. Prior to that, Fang also worked for Chinese Television Networks, Chinese Television Services and United Advertising Agency.
- Dennis Young, CEO, Glocal Media China
Dennis Young is a veteran media and telecommunications expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience in building some of the world’s leading media and telecommunications systems. Currently, Young is the founder and CEO of Glocal Media, a U.S. based media company which owns and operates 13 pay-television networks in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Prior to founding Glocal, Young had a series of successful startups in the Internet space and was the co-founder of a music video channel seen in over 40 countries. Young was one of the first employees at DIRECTV US and was the executive responsible for the establishment and development of DIRECTV JAPAN.
-Julia Song, Director, GroupM Entertainment China
As a key member of GroupM’s content investment arm, GroupM Entertainment, Julia is responsible for all matters related to sourcing and developing content as well as providing data insights and amplification solutions, for the Group’s broadcast/media partners as well as agencies’ brands within the territory of China. With extensive knowledge and experience in content sourcing, production, and distribution, Julia now works closely with GroupM China’s Trading team and Agencies to identify contents that create the best value for brands, rights holders, and platforms.
- Mei Nie, Vice President, Hunan TV and Broadcasting Station; Executive Director, Mango Media; Chair, Happy Sunshine Interactive Entertainment Media
Mei Nie is the Vice President of Hunan Broadcasting Station, Executive Director of Mango Media and Chair of Hunantv.com Interactive Entertainment Media Co.Ltd. Nie has devoted her career in TV media for more than 19 years. She has worked in various important operation and management positions in Hunan Broadcasting Station from journalist, producer, Director of terrestrial channel, Director of General Office and Reform Department as well as President of Qinghai Satellite TV. In 2006, she introduced and implemented the formats of Just Two of Us and Strictly Come Dancing from UK to China. In 2010 to 2012, she led the restructuring and rebranding of Qinghai Satellite TV as the President of Qinghai Satellite TV.
- Leland Ling, CEO, LIC China
Leland Ling is the CEO of LIC, the largest production, distribution and syndication TV media company in the Chinese documentary field. Ling had nine years working experience in the Ministry of Culture of China. Then, and since 1993, Ling established LIC and built it into a successful documentary enterprise, with a reputation as a provider of the highest quality programmes. Over the past 22 years Ling has developed his company into China’s largest privately owned media group.
- James Ross, CEO, Lightning International
James Ross is the CEO of Lightning International, the MD of TRACE Asia-Pacific, and Founder of FORMATS ASIA. James worked for the BBC and Bloomberg Television for many years, before moving to ITV in 2006. The role involved establishing ITV’s Asian business, developing a profitable syndication unit, launching ITV formats in China and India, and creating the ITV Choice TV channel. James launched Lightning International in 2011, and the company is focused on creating and distributing TV channels, programmes, and formats. Lightning currently represents many brands including TRACE, Mezzo Live HD, Blink TV, Banijay, The Group Entertainment, Active TV, Imagine Group, Australia Channel, RTHK, TV Asahi, and many others. James is based in Hong Kong, and has been living and working in Asia for the past 19 years.
- William Feng, GM and Chief Representative, Motion Picture Association
William Feng is the Country General Manager and Chief Representative for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in China, where he works with Chinese government authorities and other stakeholders to improve market access and expanding the ability to promote and protect the commercial and creative interests of the MPA member companies as well as China’s screen communities. Mr. Feng has a long career with more than 20 years working experience in government and Global Fortune 500 companies both in China and the United States.
- Deborah Mei, Partner, Raine
Deborah is a Partner at Raine. Deborah is the head of the firm's Shanghai office. Prior to Raine, Deborah was a Managing Director and head of Asia-Pacific Consumer, Retail, Gaming and Industrial Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley, based in Hong Kong. Deborah built this industry practice for Morgan Stanley in Asia, focusing the business on the emerging private sector in China. She has advised and raised capital for some of today's best-known Chinese brands, including Mengniu Dairy, Belle, Anta, and Boseideng, among others. Deborah was with Morgan Stanley for over 14 years, during which time she was also chief operating officer for the Investment Banking division in Asia as well as a member of the Asia-Pacific Telecom & Media team.
- Jill Grinda, Vice President Asia Sales, Reuters News Agency (Thompson Reuters)
Jill Grinda is the Head of Asia Sales for Reuters News Agency where she directs a pan-Asian team and is responsible for driving and executing the regional business strategy for Reuters News Agency. Jill has more than twenty years international experience leading business development and syndication strategy for several multinational media and entertainment brands including Bloomberg, CNBC, Al Jazeera and Euronews. She spent sixteen years working in Paris and is currently based in Hong Kong.
- Ethan Tang, Business Development Director, Sesame Workshop
Ethan Tang currently serves as the Business Development Director for Sesame Workshop in China. He is responsible for the Workshop’s media strategy and content distribution, as well as new business development in the region. Before joining the non-profit educational organisation, Tang was the Head of International Business Development at Wingsmedia, the distribution arm and overseas window for Shanghai Media Group (SMG), overseeing both the acquisition and distribution of programs of 13 national and terrestrial channels under SMG.
- William Bao Bean, Partner, SOSventures; Managing Director, Chinaccelerator
William Bao Bean is a Partner at SOSventures, a US$235m accelerator focused VC fund, and the MD of Chinaccelerator, China's first startup accelerator. William joined SOSventures from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was MD supporting China investments. Previously, William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a VC firm backed by Softbank and Cisco. William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank. Previously he covered Digital Media at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco, and PC/Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William is an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.
- Bill Duff, the Political-Economic Section Chief, Consulate General of United States – Shanghai
William “Bill” Duff arrived in Shanghai in August 2013 as the Political-Economic Section Chief. Prior to arriving in Shanghai, Bill studied Chinese language and political-economy for a year at the Department of State’s American Institute in Taiwan, Chinese Language and Area Studies School. Bill’s previous assignments include Political Advisor to United States Division South in Basrah, Iraq and to the Commanding General of Untied States Forces Iraq based in An-Nasiriyah. Prior to his deployment with the U.S. Army in Iraq, Bill was the Director of Economic and Trade Policy at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. From 2008-2010 he managed bilateral trade and economic issues, and was the Embassy lead for the 2010 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and Leaders’ Summit in Yokohama.
- Sara Jen, Vice President of Content Partnerships (worldwide except KR), and GM of Greater China, Viki
Sara Jen is the Vice President of Content Partnerships and General Manager of Greater China at Viki. Sara heads up content partnerships for Viki worldwide, except Korea, and is responsible for Viki’s overall business in Greater China. Prior to her current role, she led the Business Development team that built affiliate distribution and marketing partnerships with new media platforms around Southeast Asia, as well as established new monetisation opportunities for premium TV content from SEA & Greater China in international markets. Prior to joining Viki, Sara spent several years at Warner Bros. licensing content to new media platforms in Asia and at YouTube and Disney ABC developing new media strategies in the US.
- Binghua Song, GM of Entertainment Production, Youku Tudou Inc.
Binghua Song is the general manager of entertainment production center, Youku Tudou Inc. Currently he focuses on the development and production of Youku Tudou entertainment content. While he has served as a producer and content manager in the television industry for two decades, he is an explorer of new media and VOD content. He had worked for Hunan TV, Travel Channel, and Shandong TV for many years until he joined the Internet industry in 2013.
- Tony Chow, Media Consultant
Tony has more than 19 years of experience in the media, advertising, broadcast and communications industry, including 10 years in the digital media. Over the course of his career, he has produced many award winning TV commercials, online videos and Television programs for major clients as well as for broadcast networks. He was also the elected President of the Singapore Independent TV Production companies' Association for a consecutive 7 year term, from 2001 to 2007. Following that, Tony was the Managing Director of Off The Fence’s Asia’s office in Singapore.