Member Press Release

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the SOLAR Group will launch a new DTH service in the Philippines

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 22nd May 2017 – ABS, a leading satellite operator and the SOLAR Group, one of the largest content providers in the Philippines have formed a joint venture partnership to launch the first nationwide Free-to-View Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Philippines.

The new service will be available on C-band via the ABS-6 satellite covering the Philippines. Unlike most Ku-band DTH services, the C-band service will not be susceptible to rain degradation. The free-to-view platform is scheduled to launch in Q3 2017 and will host a bouquet of 40-50 high quality domestic and international channels. Content will include different genres of programming from general entertainment, music, movies, sports, lifestyle, infotainment, children’s and local content. Unlike other pay TV services, consumers in the Philippines will only need to make a one-time purchase of an affordable DTH kit which includes a small parabolic antenna and decoder set-top-box (STB), and will be able to enjoy an array of digital quality and compelling programming with no monthly fees.

“We are very excited to announce this joint collaboration with the SOLAR Group to launch a Freeto-View DTH service in the Philippines. The SOLAR Group is one of the most highly respected broadcast and media companies in the Philippines. This is a perfect strategic partnership with each party bringing unique strengths and experience to drive the success of this platform,” said CEO of ABS Tom Choi. “For the first time in the Philippines, everyone will be able to afford high quality television programming for free, including consumers living in the rural areas and outlying islands.”

SOLAR Group President and CEO Wilson Y. Tieng said, “ABS’ comprehensive understanding of this business was a key factor in our decision to work together and launch this platform in the Philippines. With their extensive experience on launching and operating similar DTH services in other markets like in Indonesia, they were able to bring their expertise in designing and operating the platform. This allowed us to focus on programming, marketing and distribution, rather than technical operations.”

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About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites: ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

About SOLAR

Solar Entertainment Corporation is the largest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia. It is committed to elevating the network to a global standard and maintaining Solar as a leader and innovator in the industry. Until today, Solar continues to widen its programming to meet the demands of emerging audiences.

For more details, log on to http://solarentertainmentcorp.com/.

AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment

Hong Kong, 22 May 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.

During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed, deep dived into each subsystem. Launch mission and in-orbit-test were also on the agenda.

“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone with our largest-ever satellite ready to be shipped to the Baikonur launch site,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “AsiaSat 9’s additional capacity and high performance coverage will provide the path for our continued growth and ever better service to our customers.”

AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region, as well as customised Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world’s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company’s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

AsiaSat 9 successfully completes testing at SSL’s Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) facility

AsiaSat 9 successfully completes testing at SSL’s Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) facility

Media Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Intelsat and Telkom Join Forces at 157° East to Expand Broadband Connectivity across Indonesia

Luxembourg and Jakarta, 21 May 2017
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (PT Telkom), Indonesia’s largest satellite telecommunications services company, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement designed to provide options as the companies explore new opportunities to serve a region with expansive needs for broadband connectivity.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Telkom has relocated the Telkom-2 satellite to Intelsat’s 157° East orbital location, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 5. This move allows Telkom to efficiently manage its satellite fleet while expanding its use of Intelsat services to complement PT Telkom’s network. The two satellite operators will also analyze the potential to expand services at 157° East.

“In a country such as Indonesia, satellite services are critical to meeting our customers’ increasing demands for data and video content, regardless of location,” said Abdus Somad Arief, Director of Wholesale and International Service Telkom. “By collaborating with Intelsat, we can leverage our collective broadband expertise to support and spur economic growth across Indonesia as well as enhance the lives of millions of citizens within the country.”

“Our collaboration with Telkom demonstrates the value we place on working with other satellite operators to optimize the potential of our services in the region,” said Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development, Intelsat. “As our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites are introduced to the Asia region, with Intelsat 33e currently in service and Horizons 3e late next year, collaborations such as this are essential to bringing the best solutions to the region. We look forward to working with PT Telkom as we explore opportunities to optimize our respective fleets in the region.”

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About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

About Telkom Indonesia
Telkom Group is a state-owned telecommunications enterprise as well as telecommunications and network service providers in Indonesia. Telkom Group serves millions of customers throughout Indonesia with a complete range of telecommunications services that includes fixed wireline and fixed wireless connections, mobile communications, networking, and interconnection services as well as Internet and data communication services. Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www2.intelsat.com/e/48312/en–/54s5zg/256526429

Contacts
Intelsat
Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager
jason.bates@intelsat.com
+1.703.559.7044 (office)
+1.202.714.4937 (mobile)

Telkom
Arif Prabowo
Vice President, Corporate Communication
corporate_comm@telkom.co.id

ABS Announces a Strategic Partnership with One of the Largest Telecommunications Operators in Southeast Asia on ABS-2

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 17th May 2017 – ABS announced a strategic partnership with one of the largest telecommunications operators in SE Asia for the delivery of 500Mbps of IP backbone services on ABS-2 at 75°E.

“ABS is proud to be awarded this contract with one of the largest telecom operators in Southeast Asia for expansion IP backbone capacity. At half a gigabit per second, it represents a significant milestone for ABS for the delivery of GEO-based connectivity services. We strive to guarantee both affordability and fiber-like reliability,” Tom Choi stated. “Our partner had previously been using a non-GEO Ka-Band solution. ABS had heard numerous complaints from end-users in the market who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes associated with non-GEO Ka-band backbone networks. We have the experience and a proven track record of delivering reliable, multi-gigabits of capacity to customers in the Asia Pacific to Africa regions. Despite all the recent LEO/MEO & Ka/V-band buzz in the market, ABS continues to demonstrate that traditional GEO-based C & Ku-band services provide the necessary high capacity delivered at affordable pricing with simple and low-cost user terminals. We expect to win many more contracts for replacement and expansion capacity from dis-satisfied customers of the NGSO hype.”

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About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

Viu launches in Thailand Premium Asian content tailored to Hallyu which sweeps the market with overwhelming affinity to online video viewing

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PCCW (SEHK:0008) – HONG KONG, May 17, 2017 – Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service by PCCW Media, is officially launched in Thailand today, bringing the service now to 15 markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East namely Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Premium Asian content with Thai subtitles, comprising the latest dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan, will be delivered quickly after local telecast and can be easily accessed via Viu mobile app and www.viu.com website.

Ms. Janice Lee, Managing Director of PCCW Media Group, said, “The Hallyu which is sweeping across Asia is notable in Thailand and we are pleased to see that Viu has already recorded over 820,000 fans on Viu Thailand Facebook page even months before our launch. Leading K-communities and die-hard Korean fans in Thailand all eagerly await Viu’s service launch to access our vast library of premium Korean and other Asian content.”

Ms. Lee said, “Our recent research^ shows that 93% of online population in Thailand have watched videos on the web. We are fully leveraging this surging trend with a two-pronged approach of our services: ad-supported free viewing of their favourite shows and subscription services with express content access and premium features such as unlimited downloads, 1080p HD video quality and ad-free video viewing. As Thailand is one of the most highly Internet penetrated markets with Millennials who are very receptive to online video viewing and digital advertisements, we expect Viu Thailand to mirror the success we have in other Asian markets with healthy growth in subscription and advertising revenue in due course.”

Advertisers will be able to leverage Viu’s video platform to reach out to their target consumers. 80% of Southeast Asian digital consumers have been motivated to search for an item seen within online video advertising, and 62% have made a purchase as a result of seeing an online video advertisement#.

Ms. Piyanuch Meemook, Chief Digital Officer of Mindshare Thailand, a leading global media agency, said, “Viu is a perfect channel for us to reach out to target consumers by delivering highly engaging premium Asian content at a flexible format befitting their lifestyle. The advertisers would be more interested in supporting platforms providing free authorized content for their consumers, especially Millennials, who are Internet users 24/7. They can be effectively engaged while they are watching their favourite shows on Viu anytime, anywhere.”

As part of its regional expansion strategy, Viu has forged alliances with multiple leading telecommunications companies to extend its premium service to more users. Viu’s premium service in Thailand will be launched in partnership with Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country’s largest telecommunications company. AIS users can enjoy exclusive offers of Viu’s premium service and more.

Mr. Pratthana Leelapanang, Acting Chief Marketing Officer of Advanced Info Service or AIS, said, “We are committed to enhancing AIS digital infrastructure both mobile and fixed broadband for Thai viewers to enjoy advanced digital services and contents. One of AIS goals is to continue working with leading OTT platforms in global market to serve the need of every viewer segment, including those who are fond of Asian contents from South Korea and waiting for the original. Today marks another important step for AIS as Viu, a leading OTT service with a strong range of premium Asian content, trusts AIS in its quality mobile network and platform. Together, AIS and Viu are delivering popular digital entertainment from Korea to Thai viewers. AIS customers now can watch Korean series with Thai subtitle as fast as the following day after telecast in Korea. You can replay your favorite series and variety shows at your convenience.”

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^ Acorn study commissioned by PCCW Media Group 2015
# Nielsen South Asia Cross-Platform Report 2015

About PCCW Media

The media group of PCCW is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.

The media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV offers more than 190 linear channels of local, Asian and international programming. Its premium content can also be accessed on-demand and on the go via Now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content.

The media group is also engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. In addition, MOOV is a hugely popular lossless music digital streaming service in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the media group operates one of Asia’s leading directories businesses under the Yellow Pages brand.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCCW Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.

Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong.

Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.

In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit www.pccw.com.

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Limited
Tel: +852 2883-8747
Email: ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com

Marina Leung
Magnus Muses Limited
Tel: +852 3951 0222 / +852 9203 6203
Email: Marina.leung@magnusmuses.com

LEARN ACTING AND GIVE AUDITIONS FROM HOME WITH TATA SKY ACTING ADDA

First of its kind service on television launched by Ajay Devgn, Suniel Shetty and Mukesh Chhabra

Mumbai, May 16, 2017: Tata Sky, India’s innovative content distribution platform, announced the launch of its latest interactive service ‘Tata Sky Acting Adda’ powered by FTheCouch (FTC) today. This revolutionary service will not only offer acting lessons to all the Bollywood dreamers but also offer a platform where they can send auditions and try for their big break from the comfort of their homes. Tata Sky has partnered with FTheCouch (FTC), a Suniel Shetty and Mukesh Chhabra initiative, to create exclusive content with the best acting teachers and to source the best job opportunities across Movies, TV shows, Theatre, Advertising and more.

Tata Sky Acting Adda had a star-studded launch with National Award winner Ajay Devgn, Bollywood stalwart Suniel Shetty, the leading casting director of Bollywood, Mukesh Chhabra along with Tata Sky’s Chief Commercial Officer, Pallavi Puri, at a press conference in Mumbai. Its tagline ‘Bade Break Ka Bada Manch’ came to life with an engaging live performance depicting the journey of a Bollywood aspirant and culminating with the launch of an ad campaign featuring the legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Speaking at the launch, Pallavi Puri, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Sky, said, “There is a hidden actor in many of us. But not everyone has the means to hone their talent or the access to find the right opportunities. With Tata Sky Acting Adda, we have tried to bridge this gap. This service will help acting aspirants get a little closer to their dreams of acting on any platform. That too without leaving their homes and landing in Mumbai, the way thousands do today.”

She further added, “For those not keen on facing the camera, there is a lot of exciting original content to keep them entertained like exclusive star interviews, behind the scenes & more.”

An exclusive service for Tata Sky subscribers, Tata Sky Acting Adda is the first service on Indian television to offer acting lessons delivered by experts from FTII, NSD, Barry John School of Acting and more. A unique curriculum has been designed for this service where each day, one can learn different aspects of D.R.A.M.A. – Dialogue, Roleplay, Action & Dance, Makeover and Auditions. There’s even special content like acting workshops for kids and short films over the weekend.

Speaking about his vision, Suniel Shetty says, “The media industry largely depends on new talent, which is the key word to unlock all doors for its growth. Having spent a quarter of a century in front of the camera, I strongly felt the need to streamline the behind-the-scenes processes, to provide new talent, the platform it deserves. Hence Acting Adda, powered by FTC was conceived and curated. To deliver this service, I couldn’t have found a better associate than Tata Sky, with whom we have already successfully partnered, for our ongoing Fitness service. Henceforth those in search of stardom, can start off by just clicking 111, rather than dashing off to Mumbai. From Acting to Auditions, we teach it all.”

Also at the launch Mukesh Chhabra said, “In my professional capacity as a casting director, having given breaks to Sushant Singh Rajput, Richa Chaddha, Fatima Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, child artiste Harshali Malhotra, amongst many others, it’s a privileged next stop, for me to be associated with AAA and FTC, two fully integrated digital platforms. They are both bound to expand the base of talent, at a click of a button.”

The interactive segment of Tata Sky Acting Adda will offer audition details, a fun Bollywood quiz and exciting video based challenges to test acting skills and reward winners with gratification that may just take them one step closer to achieving their dreams of acting.

This service priced at Rs 59/- month will be available exclusively to Tata Sky subs on #111 & on Tata Sky Mobile app.

About Tata Sky

Tata Sky Limited (‘Tata Sky’) is a joint venture between the Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox. Incorporated in 2001 and launched services in 2006, Tata Sky is India’s leading content distribution platform providing Pay TV and OTT services. With the objective of connecting to the best content in the world on any budget, any screen, anytime and anywhere, Tata Sky was the first to launch multiple products and services that redefined the subscribers viewing experience in the country.

Tata Sky has been a pioneer in the HD Set top box segment having significant market share in the category. It has been continuously adding new channels and platform services across various genres and languages to beef up its content offering to cater to all segments of the audience. Tata Sky currently has its footprints spread across 1.5 lakh towns with over 17 million connections in India.

For more information on Tata Sky, visit www.tatasky.com

About FTheCouch

FTC Talent Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd operating under the brand name FTheCouch(FTC) is an online global platform that aggregates and connects talent, recruiters and service providers in the Entertainment Industry. Founded by Bollywood actor, Suniel Shetty & cofounded by Casting Director, Mukesh Chhabra in October 2016, FTC currently has over 35,000 registered talents from 80+ countries and 500 recruiters offering jobs in films, television, advertisements, theatre, live events, and workshops. The platform simplifies the discovery and hiring process in the entertainment industry by allowing new and established talent in acting, music, scriptwriting, direction, dancing, etc. to connect directly to opportunities with verified recruiters and projects.

FTC also has a production division called Original Production Studio, which specializes in custom content development for various platforms such as digital, d2h, television and broadcasting. Since its inception last year it has produced over 2000+ hours of original content across genres like fitness, acting, beauty, lifestyle, etc.

For Further information contact:

Tata Sky:
Nida Paloba – 09821017561
Nida.paloba@tatasky.com
Aditya Ravi – 09821299550
Aditya.ravi@tatasky.com

Ad Factors:
Arun Thankappan – 09930860706
arun.thankappan@adfactorspr.com
Gaurav Bhat – 09833057592
gaurav.bhat@adfactorspr.com

mm2 Entertainment and Turner Ink Co-Production Deal

Turner and mm2 to invest in 5 films over 3 years

SINGAPORE (May 15, 2017) – mm2 Entertainment Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd, (“mm2 Asia”), has entered into an agreement with Turner Asia Pacific to co-produce five cinematic films over the next three years with a multi-million-dollar budget.

The collaboration marks Turner’s first foray by the global media conglomerate into film production in Southeast Asia, and is part of a wider strategic effort to invest and produce more Asian content. These projects are expected to bolster its content pipeline for its TV brands including for the pan-regional general entertainment channel, Warner TV.

“We are very happy and proud to embark on this journey with Turner. We look forward to co-producing an exciting slate of films through this landmark collaboration. As we build on our strong base in the Asia market through our movie and media investments, we will continue to forge more such win-win relationships in the future,” said Mr Chang Long Jong, CEO of mm2 Asia.

Under the collaboration, mm2 Asia and Turner will complement each other in the areas of production, distribution and marketing of the films to maximize commercial value and audience reach.

Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, added: “This partnership makes a bold statement about Turner’s desire to increase its investment in local content for audiences in Southeast Asia. Together with mm2 Asia, one of the region’s top movie production companies, we’ve identified some great projects with genuine entertainment potential – and we can’t wait for them to start rolling out.”

The first film to be released under this collaboration is Wonder Boy, a biopic about the legendary singer and songwriter Dick Lee. It stars Benjamin Kheng, from the Singaporean band The Sam Willows, and is directed by both Lee and Daniel Yam. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on August 3, 2017. The agreement also includes two other family films and two films from Jack Neo, the well-known Singaporean actor, host and director.

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For more information, please contact:

Angelin Ong, General Manager, North Asia, mm2 Entertainment Pte. Ltd.
angelinong@mm2entertainment.com

Nelson Mok, Director of International Business, mm2 Entertainment Pte. Ltd.
nelsonmok@mm2entertainment.com

James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
James.Moore@turner.com / Tel: +852 3128-3720

 

About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 61 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.

About mm2 Asia Ltd.

Headquartered in Singapore, mm2 Asia is a producer of films and TV/online content. As a producer, mm2 Asia provides services that cover the entire filmmaking process, including securing financing, producing and distributing as well as securing advertising and sponsorship.

mm2 Asia further strengthened its competitive advantage through acquiring a majority stake in local 3D animation company, Vividthree Productions and event and concert production company, UnUsUaL Limited (SGX stock code 1D1), The Group also established its own cinema chain, mmCineplexes, through the ownership of five cineplexes in Malaysia.

In addition to Singapore, mm2 Asia also has a presence in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China through its group companies and/or strategic working partnerships. mm2 Asia has co-produced and/or distributed over 100 films across Asia since 2008.

In 2014, mm2 Asia made its debut on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX stock code: 1B0), becoming the first Singapore film production company to achieve this.

For more information, please visit www.mm2asia.com

About Wonder Boy 音为爱

WonderBoy-2017

Director: Dick LEE, Daniel YAM

Cast: Benjamin KHENG, Julie TAN, Constance SONG

Language: English

Synopsis

Set in 1970s Singapore, when rock music was banned and long-haired men were considered gangsters, Wonder Boy follows the story of Richard (Benjamin Kheng), a teenaged aspiring musician and the school’s social outcast, as he forms a band – The Wonder Boys – and embarks on his coming-of-age journey through youthful ambition, friendships, first love, and the uncertainty of impending adulthood.

《音为爱》故事讲述新加坡70年初,那时摇滚音乐受禁,而长发男都被视为流氓。Richard,一个抱着音乐梦想的青年如何开始他的音乐旅程。Richard来自一个富有的家庭,也因此和家境一般的同学有很深的心结。性格孤僻的他也在学校里遭孤立。但他的音乐天贼帮助他交上了兴趣相同的朋友,并和他们一起组成一个叫《The Wonder Boys》的乐队。成长的未知数伴随着Richard,开始一段充满理想,友情,和爱情的旅程。

This news release has been prepared by the Company and its contents have been reviewed by the Company’s Sponsor, Hong Leong Finance Limited (the “Sponsor”), for compliance with the relevant rules of the SGX-ST. The Sponsor has not independently verified the contents of this document.

This document has not been examined or approved by the SGX-ST. The Sponsor and the SGX-ST assume no responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document. The contact person for the Sponsor is Mr Tang Yeng Yuen, Vice President, Head of Corporate Finance of Hong Leong Finance Limited, who can be contacted at 16 Raffles Quay, #40-01A Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581, Telephone: 6415 9886.

ABS APPOINTS PAOLO PUSTERLA AS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EUROPE

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 15th May 2017 – ABS has appointed Paolo Pusterla as the Managing Director of Europe, a role created as part of its growth in the region. In this position, Paolo is responsible for leading sales and business development all across Europe. He is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tom Choi, Chief Executive Officer of ABS said, “We are pleased to welcome Paolo as the new head for this region. Paolo has a comprehensive understanding of the video industry and rich portfolio experience. As head of sales for Europe, he will further enhance the ABS business and contribute to our development of new business for this market. He will also be a member of the Executive Committee.”

Prior to joining ABS, Paolo has held various business development roles with EBU, where he was responsible for expanding the Eurovision network globally. He has also held various leading positions with Eutelsat and Inmarsat.

Paolo is a MBA graduate at INSEAD Fontainebleau France and holds a degree in Electronic Engineering with studies from UCLA, USA.

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About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

Astro launches “NJOI Now” to offer free video streaming service

Digital start-up offers FREE entertainment, news and sports content live, on demand and on mobile

Kuala Lumpur, May 11, 2017 – Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) today launched a new video streaming service, NJOI Now, available on mobile and online to provide Malaysians free access to on demand entertainment including box sets, live sports and breaking news.

NJOI Now is designed to meet the digital lifestyles of consumers today, offering complete flexibility with no fuss. NJOI Now is the only mobile app in Malaysia to provide free on demand content, box sets and signature titles from Astro Prima, Astro Maya HD, Astro Oasis, Astro AEC, Astro Vaanavil; the best of live local sports on Astro Arena; latest news on Astro Awani as well as exam tutorials on Astro Tutor TV. Just download and start watching the best of local and international content on the mobile and online.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak launched NJOI Now today. His speech was read by Datuk Seri Dr. Salleh Said Keruak, Communications and Multimedia Minister, who was accompanied by Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Astro.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak said he hoped for more digital content to be created on platforms available such as NJOI Now, that will encourage viewers to embrace and take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the Government.

“It is no surprise youth are the largest group that utilise digital platform. They are always looking out for the latest information at an affordable cost. And it is them whom we encourage to be entrepreneurs, to take advantage of the digital economy that is being promoted by the Government such as the launch of the Digital Free Trade Zone recently.”

Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Astro said, “Since its 2011 launch, NJOI has had an unprecedented take-up rate with the privilege of serving 1.8 million households today, and a near future potential reach of 12 million viewers. This is as we execute on our commitment to enable the increasingly digital, connected and on demand lifestyle of our customers.

With the launch of NJOI Now, all Malaysians can “NJOI” online and offline access to content on all screens, at home and on individual mobiles. This free service includes access to over 2,200 titles of movie and drama box sets, even tutorials which may be downloaded and stored on the devices and watched at convenience, in addition to live sports and news, ecommerce via Go Shop as well as the viewer’s favourite channels.

Our NJOI Now promise is to strive to always better serve our customers by providing control, choice content and connectivity.”

Live stream on demand content for free

NJOI Now offers its users live sports on Astro Arena including S.E.A Games 2017, free access to premier football leagues on Astro Supersport1 from 11 -31 May, latest breaking news on Astro Awani, high quality educational content on Astro Tutor TV, progressive Islamic programmes on Astro Oasis, popular variety shows, TV dramas and signature local shows on Astro Prima, Astro Maya, Astro AEC and Astro Vaanavil. At the same time, users can enjoy personalized shopping experience on Go Shop channels and catch-up on missed episodes of their favourite shows, or watch a selection of on demand movies for free.

NJOI Now users can also access entire box-sets of top Malay drama hits like Suri Hati Mr Pilot, Isteri Tuan Ihsan, Lara Aishah; popular variety programme, Meja Bulat Sepahtu; Chinese epic drama, The Legend of Mi Yue, and Tamil travelogue, KL To KaraKaidu, where the content list will be refreshed monthly.

Embedded inside NJOI Now is an intelligent recommendation engine that pushes relevant content to individual users. NJOI Now has a content download feature which allows users to download selected content to be viewed offline without requiring an internet connection or incurring additional data usage.

Prepaid options available for users who want a wider variety of premium content

For individuals who want to access a wider variety of premium content, NJOI Now offers prepaid options for instant access to additional channels and titles, including Astro WARNA, Astro RIA, Astro Wah Lai Toi, Hua Hee Dai, latest movies on Astro First and Astro Best, and many more from the on demand section. Users can also create their own watch list, enjoy HD content and get more content via NJOI Now’s existing ‘pay as you use’ prepaid – allowing users to buy only the content they want via NJOI Prepaid from convenience stores or credit cards on the app.

NJOI Now is available to all Malaysians, and is supported on multiple devices, currently with up to two devices, per signed in user. Download the NJOI Now app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store on the tablet or smartphone or livestream via njoinow.com.

Please refer to the appendix for NJOI Now’s channel listing, select on demand titles and features details.

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For more information:
Tammy Toh | Head/VP, Communications, Astro
Email:tammy_toh@astro.com.my | Tel:+603-9543 6688 EXT:2046

Azaria Loh | AVP, Communications, Astro
Email:azaria_loh@astro.com.my | Tel:+6019-6682278

NEW ORGINAL SERIES ROOM 104 DEBUTS ON JULY 29 PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON CINEMAX SAME TIME AS THE U.S.

The Twelve-Episode Series Will Also Be Available On HBO GO.

SINGAPORE, 12 MAY 2017 – HBO’s new original series produced by the Duplass Brothers, ROOM 104, has been set to debut same time as the U.S. on Saturday July 29 at 11am (SIN), with same day primetime encore at 10pm (SIN), exclusively on CINEMAX. The series will also be available on HBO GO. The twelve-episode, half-hour anthology series is set in a single room of an average American motel and tells a different story of the assorted characters who pass through it in each episode.

Cast members include Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Ethan & Gavin Kent, Amy Landecker, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Karan Soni, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, Will Tranfo, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman and Nat Wolff.

Episodes of ROOM 104 are directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Patrick Brice, Marta Cunningham, Doug Emmett, Megan Griffiths, Dayna Hanson, Chad Hartigan, Ross Partridge, Sarah Adina Smith and So Yong Kim. Series writers include Xan Aranda & Ross Partridge, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Mark Duplass, Dayna Hanson, Carson Mell and Ross Partridge.

ROOM 104 is created and executive produced by Mark Duplass and Jay. Joining them are Executive Producer, Xan Aranda, Co-Executive Producer, Ross Partridge and Producer, Sydney Fleischmann.

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About HBO ASIA
Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia with six 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax, as well as Red by HBO, internet streaming platform, HBO GO, subscription video on demand service, HBO On Demand, and in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

ROOM 104, HBO and Home Box Office are service marks of Home Box Office, Inc.

ROOM 104, HBO and Home Box Office are service marks of Home Box Office, Inc.

For more information, please contact HBO Asia:
Karen Lai
Senior Director, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1796
Email: karen.lai@hboasia.com

Cheryl Foong
Manager, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1838
Email: cheryl.foong@hboasia.com

Chan Zi Ning
Executive, Communications
Tel: (65) 6381 1746
Email: zining.chan@hboasia.com