We’re gathering our first panel of judges… people who, through years of experience, have sharp instincts about what will work where, are able to feel their way around a production blindfolded, can sniff flaws from a mile away, and are able to value each entry fairly and equally on its own merits. Basically, people who live and breathe content, always have and always will. Plus, people who will have no issues with watching entries from start to finish, and can be honest and impartial about what they think.
Judging will take place from 1-31 July. Finalists will be announced by 10 August. Winners will be announced on 28 August.
Entries, judging, nominees and winners will be managed separately from ContentAsia’s publishing and events businesses.
Judges for the 2020 ContentAsia Awards are…
Vice President, Worldwide Division, GMA Network, Philippines
VP, Development, Screenplay Productions (Indonesia)
Anthony has 20 years of experience working in the U.S. and Asia as a creative executive, producer/show runner and editor. He currently spearheads creative development & content strategy for one of Indonesia’s major film and TV studios, Screenplay Productions, as VP of Development. Previously, he was the Regional Executive Producer for streaming platform iflix, where he oversaw several top-ranking originals. He made his first foray in the region launching global formats with Fox Networks Group, Sony Pictures and CBS Studios International (Asia’s Next Top Model, China’s Next Top Model). He started his career in the U.S. as a line producer on feature films & lead editor, supervising producer on several hit shows.
Managing Director, APV (Hong Kong)
Angela has more than 25 years of experience in broadcast and creative, she has produced award-winning content for some of the world’s biggest brands. Angela set up the Broadcast Marketing department at Hong Kong Disneyland when it launched in 2005. Prior to that, she worked as regional director of Production at Walt Disney Television Asia Pacific with responsibility for Disney’s original long-form content in the region. Angela was also Fremantle Asia’s first head of production, overseeing popular formats such as Family Feud and The Pyramid Game.
Shigeko (Cindy) Chino
Associate Managing Director, International Business Development, Nippon Television (Japan)
After joining Nippon Television Network Corporation in 1986, Cindy worked as a director/producer of programmes and news coverage. From 2000, Cindy shifted to the international sector, involved in corporate relations, publicity, business strategy, and programme/format sales. Presently managing the sales team for all programme genres in all territories, she is responsible for creating new business opportunities abroad, as well as increasing Nippon TV’s content and format sales to overseas markets.
Mark is an award-winning executive producer and commissioner, with over a decade of experience in creating innovative programming for regions that include Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. He was most recently tasked with bringing iflix’s original content strategy to life before he took the reins as the streamer’s chief content officer. Mark previously served as vice president of commissioning and regional programming for Nat Geo Partners in London, and head of production for Fox Networks Group APAC & Middle East. He began his broadcasting career at Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
Lester Yangzi Hu
Head of Formats and International Business, Hunan TV (China)
Lester heads up formats and international business at Hunan TV. He plays an important role in supporting original content creation and oversees format business, including acquisition, distribution and co-development. Working with 26 in-house production teams, Lester has led the acquisition and adaptation of formats such as 1vs.100, Take Me Out, Your Face Sounds Familiar and Gogglebox. He has structured multiple co-development partnerships leading to a slate of national hits such as Sing or Spin and Dance Smash. Lester joined Hunan TV in 2008. He has a MA in Digital Asset and Media Management from King’s College London.
Head, Integrated Program Acquisition & Int’l Distribution, ABS-CBN
CEO, MNC Contents (Indonesia)
Ella joined MNC in 2008 and has held various senior positions across programming, production, sales & marketing. She currently also serves as commissioner of PT Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI), PT Global Informasi Bermutu (GTV) and PT MNC Televisi Network (iNews). In addition, she is managing director of PT MNC Pictures, president director of PT MNC Lisensi Internasional and PT MNC Studios International. She was previously sales and marketing director for GTV in 2008, becoming GTV’s programming and production director in 2010. In 2011, she moved to RCTI as programming & production director. In 2013, she returned to GTV as MD.
VP – Content Acquisition, Management & Strategy, Cignal TV (Philippines)
Vitto’s 20-year journey through the Philippine media industry spans from radio to pay TV to free-to-air. A journey that has taken him from being in front of the microphone/camera to behind it, en route to his current responsibilities as vice president of content acquisition, management & strategy for Cignal TV, the leading pay TV provider in the Philippines.
Mee Fung Lee
Managing Director, PIK Film (Malaysia)
EVP & Channel Head, Rewind Networks
A television veteran with more than three decades experience, Sandie heads up the channel content, acquisitions and communications for regional channels operator, Rewind Networks, which operates two channels – HITS and HITS Movies. Before joining Rewind Networks as part of the founding team, she was VP, content at Singapore platform StarHub, where, among other things, she initiated and launched locally packaged channels. Sandie was also involved in the launch of international channels that debuted in Singapore before rolling out to the rest of Asia. Sandie previously worked for the Television Corporation of Singapore (now Mediacorp).
Head of Production, Double Vision (Malaysia)
Min heads up the production arm of the Vision Group, whose businesses include TV and film distribution, animation, content creation and production services. Min has produced Chinese and Malay drama series for local broadcasters as well as reality and lifestyle series for pan-regional channels. Prior to her role at Double Vision, she spent four years in China with Star China and ESPN Star.
Chief Content Officer, Viu
Virginia joined PCCW Media’s Viu streaming platform towards the end of 2019 after more than a decade at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia in various roles, including senior vice president and general manager responsible for distribution, advertising revenue and overall content strategy for five regional channels – AXN, ONE, GEM, Animax and Sony Channel – as well as vice president for Asian content. Before joining Sony’s Asia networks division in 2008 as programming director for Animax Asia, Virginia worked for Singapore-based pay-TV platform StarHub for about 10 years. Prior to StarHub, she was a current affairs producer for Mediacorp.
Chief Executive Officer, Portico Media (Taiwan)
May Wah Lwin
Channels Editorial Manager, Canal+ Myanmar
May Wah is channels editorial manager for CANAL+ Myanmar, responsible for managing nine in-house channels across a range of genres. She was responsible for launching the highest-rated original TV series on the platform as well as a local sports channel. May Wah has been involved in the broadcast media industry for the past 11 years.
Attaphon Na Bangxang
Managing Director, Content Business, TrueVisions (Thailand)
Ahmad Izham Omar
Primeworks Studios (Malaysia)
An award-winning music producer, arranger, songwriter and musician, Izham started his career heading the legendary Positive Tone label. He has been involved in the launching of artists like OAG, Innuendo, Too Phat and Faizal Tahir. Izham also launched 8TV, Fly FM, Hot FM and streaming platform tonton. Currently the CEO of Malaysian production house Primeworks Studios, Izham wrote Pulang, a Netflix Original feature film.
Co-managing Director, Fremantle Indonesia
Sakti joined the then FremantleMedia Asia’s Jakarta operation in 2010 as executive producer, driving production of shows such as Indonesia’s Got Talent for free TV broadcaster Indosiar and MasterChef. He became entertainment programmes manager in 2013 before being made department head of brand partnership and new media in 2016 followed in 2017 by a role in charge of new media and digital content. He was promoted to co-managing director of Fremantle Indonesia in Feb 2019.
Global EVP, Entertainment, The Story Lab
Fotini joined The Story Lab, part of Dentsu Aegis Network, as global EVP, entertainment, in Sept 2018. Previously MD Asia for Endemol Shine Group, she has been involved in 350+ content deals throughout Asia, including MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal & Fear Factor and scripted brands such as The Bridge & Humans. Fotini is an experienced and respected member of the Asian and International media industries, with core expertise in building content properties such as Idols, Got Talent and X Factor as head of content for FremantleMedia Asia. Fotini moved to Asia in 1995. She is currently based in London and Singapore.
Gary headed Keshet International’s Asia operation for five years to June 2020, establishing two offices in the region (Hong Kong and Mumbai) and driving the adaptation of properties such as scripted series Prisoners of War and Spy, talent competitions Master of Dance, Master Class and Rising Star; gameshows Lovers or Liars, Who’s On Top, Trade Up and Boom!; and docu-reality series Manbirth. He moved from the U.K. to Hong Kong in 2001, serving, among other roles, as managing director at Typhoon Media.
Director, Content Ops, Asset Mgmt & VOD, Content Management, Astro (Malaysia)
Senior Vice President, CJ ENM Content Business Division (Korea)
Jangho oversees domestic and worldwide distribution of content as well as acquisitions of foreign programmes. With a career spanning 20 years in the media industry, he has supervised acquisition of overseas films and TV shows in the early years of CJ Media. He now supervises the licensing of television and feature films to national pay-TV platforms, as well as distribution of scripted and non-scripted shows for overseas linear TV channels and OTT platforms. Jangho joined CJ ENM’s Onmedia in 2000.
Senior Media Advisor, JKN Global Media (Thailand)
Indra has been Senior Media Advisor to Thailand’s JKN Global Media PLC since 2019, with a remit to drive Thai drama distribution globally and to strike partnerships for JKN Originals. Prior to JKN, she led Taiwan’s Next Animation Studio as CEO for three years. In her 32 years in Asia’s media & entertainment industry, she spent a decade with Viacom International Media Networks Asia, including a role as EVP and MD, Asia. Indra also spent 12 years at TimeWarner in Asia, holding senior positions with Warner Bros. Pictures Int’l., Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Turner Entertainment Networks Asia. Indra also sits on the board of Cathay Organisation Holdings.
Senior Advisor, The Content Connected Company (China)
William has more than 18 years of experience in the Chinese market. He has played a central role in shaping the strategic direction of Endemol Shine Group and Viacom International Media Networks in China for more than a decade. Among other brands, he brought Big Brother, The Brain, MasterChef, Mr Bean, Humans, MTV and Nickelodeon to multiple platforms. William recently joined startup, The Content Connected Company, as senior adviser to drive the development of scripted dramas, documentaries, non scripted shows & ancillary licensing.
Content Acquisition Director, PPTV HD36 (Thailand)
Krissada is content acquisition director of Thailand Bangkok Media and Broadcasting Company’s digital terrestrial station PPTV HD36. With over 20 years of experience in programme acquisition, he is responsible for both local and international content for the station, including his involvement in international formats franchises such as The Voice Thailand and International Sports such as Bundesliga. Prior to this, Trishnananda worked for Thailand’s free-TV station BBTV Channel 7.
GM Studio Operations – Film Services, Iskandar Malaysia Studios
Antony has been involved with film and TV production for over 30 years, rising through the ranks of lighting talent in Australia and building a reputation as a rigging gaffer. Among other productions, he has worked on Sense8, The Great Wall, Marco Polo S1, The Rise of an Empire, I, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, The Life of Pi, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Pacific. Since 2014, he has applied his passion for film making to the business arena at filmed entertainment production facility, Iskandar Malaysia Studios.
Chief Executive Officer, RTV – Rajawali Televisi Indonesia
Head, iWant (ABS-CBN, Philippines)
Elaine is the Head of iWant (ABS-CBN’s Over-The-Top platform) concurrent with her role as OIC –Head of the Digital Media Division. She supervises the growth and expansion of iWant by collaborating with the best content creators and OTT providers worldwide. She supervises continuous product innovations and delivery, business development and operations, and content management. She also oversees the network’s corporate-wide digital strategy and business intelligence, while spearheading creative, social media and product initiatives.
General Manager, Channel Division (MRTV4, Channel 7, Forever Group)
Kaung has been involved in Myanmar’s broadcasting industry for more than five years, including stints at 4TV and Canal+ Myanmar as programme operation manager. His current role at the Forever Group covers content strategy, planning acquisition and programming for MRTV4 & Channel 7.