Chairman of CASBAA Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, HBO Asia
With almost three decades of experience in the pay television industry, Jonathan Spink is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia. He has spearheaded the growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, HBO DEFINED – as well as HBO GO, HBO ON DEMAND, CINEMAX and RED. HBO is available across 23 territories in Asia. Under Spink’s leadership, HBO Asia co-produced its first film DEAD MINE, an original ten-part hour-long detective noir drama series SERANGOON ROAD, as well as a four-part hour-long horror miniseries GRACE, and the eight-part hour-long dark thriller series HALFWORLDS. The company is also the exclusive distributing agent for BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in Asia-Pacific.
Executive Vice Chairman, TrueVisions
Khun Sompan is a pioneer in Thailand’s pay-TV industry, and is currently Executive Vice Chairman at True Visions Group, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator. He has over 20 years of experience in guiding the industry through rapidly changing markets, regulatory regimes and technological developments. For the past ten years he has served as a member of CASBAA’s Board of Directors, actively promoting CASBAA’s members’ interests both in Thailand and across the region.
President, Fenez Media
As President of Fenez Media, Marcel Fenez provides specialist advisory services to the boards and senior management of a range of organisations operating in the entertainment and media value chain. He was responsible for establishing the PwC Hong Kong Entertainment, Media and Communications Group in 1995 and was the Global Leader of PwC’s Entertainment and Media Practice from 2007-15. He is now Senior Global Advisor to the practice. He is a frequent contributor to regional and Global media and events on issues relating to the development of entertainment, media and the change resulting from digital migration and disruption. Marcel was the Chairman of CASBAA from 2001-2015 and is a current member of the Board.
Executive Vice President of Commercial, FOX Networks Group Asia
Rohit D’Silva is the Executive Vice President of Commercial, FOX Networks Group Asia and oversees Affiliate Partnerships, Content Syndication, Non-Linear Products and National Geographic Partners businesses across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Rohit is responsible for growing revenue and partnerships as well as developing new business opportunities for the 30+ channel brands in FNG’s multi-genre portfolio, including sports, entertainment, factual and Chinese-language properties. Prior to taking on his current role, he led FNG Asia’s sports business, including all content acquisitions, programming, production, marketing and broadcast operations for the FOX Sports network across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Rohit began his career with Gillette, prior to joining FNG where he has spent the last 12 years
Chief Executive Officer, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network
Based in Singapore, Jonas Engwall heads RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, the venture of the RTL Group and CBS Studios International. He has been with the RTL Group for many years and was instrumental in expanding its business into Asia. Under Engwall’s leadership, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network has launched RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to the RTL Group, Engwall was with Modern Times Group (MTG) in Europe and was effective in the expansion of its free-to-air television business. Engwall holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, AsiaSat
Andrew Jordan was appointed as Executive Director, President and CEO of AsiaSat on 1 November 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry. Mr. Jordan was the General Manager in the Marketing Department of AsiaSat from 1991 to 1993. Prior to re-joining AsiaSat, he held executive positions with several satellite operators. He has also led complex deal negotiations in China, Hong Kong SAR, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Chinese from School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.
General Manager & VP – Disney Studios and Disney Media Distribution
The Walt Disney Company, Southeast Asia
Disney is one of the most active and the largest global entertainment companies in the region with diversified businesses in film, consumer products, publishing, mobile content, television and family entertainment overseeing content from six key brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, ABC and Lucasfilm. Amit is responsible for all movie distribution and marketing including the company’s live entertainment and home entertainment opportunities. Amit also oversees the distribution and commercial growth of Disney’s media content business (Disney Channels portfolio, ABC, Disney Studios, Digital Products, Games and Music). Amit has over 18 years’ experience in the media and entertainment business in India and APAC.
Chief Executive Officer, Celestial Tiger Entertainment
Miller is Chief Executive Officer at Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), one of Asia’s largest vertically integrated independent entertainment companies. He is responsible for driving the company’s core businesses of branded pay-TV channels, content creation and content distribution across Asia and beyond.
CTE operates a powerful bouquet of distinct pay television channels including Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies, KIX, Thrill, and cHK. CTE is also the exclusive sales agent for Hollywood studio Lionsgate.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, CTE’s majority shareholders are Saban Capital Group; Astro; and Lionsgate, the world’s largest independent filmed entertainment studio.
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE
Alexandre Muller established TV5MONDE’s Asia Pacific Headquarter in 2007. With over 15 years of experience in the Region, Mr. Muller is responsible for TV5MONDE’s regional business operations, including the launch and distribution of channels, marketing and all Internet and new media development within the region.
President, Turner, Asia Pacific
Ricky Ow has executive oversight for all of Turner’s entertainment and kids’ networks, digital and media services, the distribution of CNN’s services, and all licensing and merchandising activity in Asia Pacific. Turner’s brands in the region include CNN International, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami, POGO, Warner TV, Oh!K, truTV, TCM, MondoTV, TABI Channel and World Heritage Channel.
CEO Asia Pacific, GroupM
As CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific Mark Patterson is responsible for all WPP’s media businesses in the region including its four media agencies ; Mindshare, MEC, Mediacom and Maxus whose combined media investment on behalf of its clients is around USD14bn with a staff of around 6000.
Managing Partner, Olswang Asia LLP
Andrew is an international corporate lawyer and the managing partner of Olswang Asia, a law firm specialising in representing technology, media and telecoms companies and investors. Andrew is a frequent commentator, presenter and author in print and broadcast media and speaks at conferences around the world on commercial developments and M&A/investment trends and activity across TMT and APAC. Andrew is a committee member of CASBAA alongside other TMT representative roles.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Asia, 21st Century Fox
Joe Welch is 21st Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Asia Pacific region. Welch is responsible for supporting the public policy and regulatory advocacy efforts of 21st Century Fox’s business units across the region. Previously, he served as MCI WorldCom’s Asia Director of Government Affairs and earlier was an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. He holds a BA from Amherst College and a JD from Santa Clara University in California.
Chief Executive Officer, CASBAA
Christopher Slaughter has more than 25 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific broadcasting industry. He leads the Executive team, responsible for representing the interests of CASBAA’s 120 member companies across 18 Asian markets. Prior to CASBAA, Slaughter was Managing Director and Executive Producer at production company APV, Asia-Pacific head of TMT research consultancy The Yankee Group, and Hong Kong and Shanghai Bureau Chief for CNBC Asia.