November 2016

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Jonathan Spink elected Chairman of the 2017 CASBAA Board of Directors

Following its first meeting on December 6th, the CASBAA Board of Directors announced that Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, had been elected Chairman of the Board for the next 12 months. Spink succeeds Sompan
Charumilinda, Vice Chairman of TrueVisions, as Chairman of the Board. “Khun Sompan has been a Board member for more than a decade, and most recently, served diligently in his term as our Chairman,” said Spink. “On behalf of my fellow Directors and the broader
membership, we thank him for his guidance and insights over the years and we look forward to his continued contributions on the CASBAA Board.”  Board Members elected for a two-year term during the Annual General Meeting 2016 on Nov 9th in Macau were: Rohit
D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia); Jonas Engwall (RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network); Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media); Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment); Alexandre Muller (TV5 MONDE) and Andrew Stott (Olswang Asia).  They join returning directors Sompan
Charumilinda (TrueVisions), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia), Ricky Ow (Turner International Asia Pacific), Mark Patterson (GroupM), Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), and Christopher Slaughter (CASBAA) on the Board
2017.  Click
  to read the full press release.

Asia Pay-TV Advertising Rules

A Member-exclusive resource is now available at CASBAA online! The Asia Pay-TV Advertising Rules mini-site provides CASBAA members with a handy, quick reference summary of advertising regulations and restrictions
across 17 Asian countries and Regions. The new site enables both country-by-country navigation and a comparison between selected countries.  View the
Asia Pay-TV Advertising Rules
and tell us what you think!

“Clean Entertainment” with CASBAA and the Vietnam Content Alliance 

CASBAA has been working with local and international partners in the Vietnam Content Alliance, and on November 16 we joined to organize a “Workshop on Clean Entertainment” in Ho Chi Minh City.  During the workshop,
we discussed problems of online piracy, described the Alliance’s work with Vietnamese ad industry players to reduce placement of mainstream advertising on the most egregious pirate websites, and stressed the dangers to consumers (from malware, etc.) resulting
from frequenting pirate websites.   Speakers from local and international players underlined the problems and described solutions (such as PIPCU’s Infringing Website List in the UK, and the IAB’s Trustworthy Accountability Group in the USA) that could be adapted
for use in Vietnam.  The workshop was a big success.  Attended by about 150 media industry and working media reps, it resulted in very thorough coverage in the vernacular press.

From left:   Phan Cam Tu, Motion Picture Association; Neil Gane, CASBAA;  Jacques-Aymar de Roquefeuil, K+; and Vu Thi Thanh Tam of broadcaster VTV

From left:

Phan Cam Tu, Motion Picture Association; Neil Gane, CASBAA; Jacques-Aymar de Roquefeuil, K+; and Vu Thi Thanh Tam of broadcaster VTV

From left:

John Medeiros, CASBAA; Phan Cam Tu, Motion Picture Association; Matt Kurlanzik, 21st Century Fox; Ngo Bich Hanh, BHD

CASBAA Convention 2016:

The Year of the Operator!

Staged for the first time in Macau, Nov 7th-10th, the CASBAA Convention 2016 attracted delegates and  speakers from around the world (including some 50+ Operator Companies).  As well as thought-provoking keynotes
and informative presentations from the likes of Irwin Gotlieb, President of GroupM, Bennett Pozil of US-China content finance specialist East West Bank, James Schwab, co-President of Vice Media and Chad Gutstein CEO of global MCN, Machinima, the Convention
2016 showcased a series of Asia Pacific Operator Interviews exploring how leading players in Asia Pacific markets are dealing with the accelerating pace of change in the new digital environment.Re-live the Convention ’16 in pictures


CASBAA Emerging Southeast Asian Markets

With the Cambodia,
Laos, Myanmar and Vietnamese pay-TV markets at various stages of development for pay-TV consumption and monetization, on Dec 5th CASBAA in Association with Singapore Media Festival convened a one-day event in
Singapore on Emerging Southeast Asian Markets.  Through detailed presentations and wide-ranging panels, market experts and government officials provided roadmaps for each market including political and industry developments as pay-TV players break new ground
to capitalize on continuing economic growth. Over 100 television professionals attended the forum to engage with industry players and share insights on viewing habits, pay-TV business models, audience measurement, advertising and more.  Please click

to view photos of the event.

OTT Group Webinar – Recommendation Engines

On November 22nd, the OTT & Connected Media Group participated in a webinar with Esti Widder, Product Manager for Viaccess-Orca. Esti went over the challenge of content discovery for a personal TV experience.
OTT Group members learned about recommendation engines, optimization for multiscreen TV, Contextualization, Recommendation Reasoning and much more. A video of the presentation and soft copy can be found on the CASBAA OTT
Group Resources
 members page.

Extending the CASBAA reach: new Members and upgrades for Y/E 2016

With the Asia Pacific multi-channel TV industry on an upward growth curve across multiple sectors it is CASBAA’s pleasure to welcome the companies highlighted below as Members of the Association and to extend
our appreciation to those organizations that have upgraded to Patron status.  “When we attract new Members to the Association we not only create better connections between CASBAA companies we also extend our influence with governments, the media and multichannel
advertisers,” said Christopher Slaughter at the close of the CASBAA AGM on November 10th. “New and upgraded CASBAA memberships not only strengthen CASBAA’s role as an industry spokesman, they also add credibility to the Association as a whole.”

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15 – 18 January, 2017

25th Convergence India

8 – 10 February, 2017


February, 2017

CASBAA India Forum

March, 2017