Judges

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…

Aparna Acharekar
Head of Programming, Zee5

Aparna leads the content team for Indian streaming platform Zee5 and has been associated with the Zee group since 2006. With almost two decades of an overall experience as a content professional, which includes areas across OTT, web, applications and print media, Aparna has been a part of the core team driving Zee’s digital businesses worldwide since 2008. Aparna is a certified mentor from Harvard. She also holds certifications from YouTube for audience growth and development and digital rights management.

Faaz Ali
Associate Manager, Programming, Hum TV (Pakistan)

Roxanne Barcelona
Vice President, Worldwide Division, GMA Network, Philippines

Roxanne J. Barcelona is the vice president of GMA Network Inc’s Worldwide Division, the group tasked with the distribution of GMA’s content worldwide. She has nearly 40 years experience in the broadcast industry. In 1996, she joined GMA Worldwide Inc, a subsidiary of GMA Network Inc, to handle both foreign and local programme acquisitions and programme distribution. For the next 18 years with GMA Worldwide until 2014, she was the head of acquisitions, acquiring content for GMA Network Inc. From 2014 to the present, she heads the syndication and distribution business of GMA Network Inc under the network’s Worldwide Division.

Anthony Buncio
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.

Chen Xiao
Senior Vice President, iQIYI

Chen Xiao, senior vice president of iQIYI, oversees the company’s copyright procurement, distribution and global content department. At iQIYI, he has planned and participated in the production of a large number of original drama series and popular variety shows, such as Story of Yanxi Palace, Tientsin Mystic, The Thunder and The Rap of China. In addition, together with his team, he has also sold many of iQIYI’s programmes to domestic TV stations as well as to the global market. Chen has a unique perspective on the strengthening of the influence of Chinese art through the media and entertainment industry.

Angela Cheung
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 Francis

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.

Scott Freeman
Executive Producer

Scott is an Emmy-winning executive producer whose credits include The Challenge (MTV), Stars in Danger: The High Dive (Fox), Valerie’s Home Cooking (Food), Saddle Ranch (VH1), Motor City Masters (truTV), Disney’s TRYathlon (Disney Channel), Wealth Hunters (TLC), and the film, Pedro.  A 25+ years veteran of Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) with executive titles in original production, development and international, Scott was involved with hit shows such as The Real WorldRoad RulesStarting Over and The Simple Life in addition to the series he executive produced. He played a key role in format acquisitions and worked closely with the Banijay Group after BMP joined the group in 2010.

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.

Macie Imperial
Head, Integrated Program Acquisition & Int’l Distribution, ABS-CBN

Macie joined ABS-CBN in 2000 to acquire content for theatrical release under ABS-CBN subsidiary Sky Films. In 2007, she became programme acquisitions head for pay TV, including sports. Her decades in the media industry includes stints as account director, buyer and executive producer at ad agency Asia Communications Center, Radio Philippines Network (RPN Channel 9) and block time company Consumer Connection in Mass Media (CCMM). Prior to joining ABS-CBN, Macie held the position of vice president and assistant general manager of New Vision in Media Marketing (NVMM) and PTV Channel 4.

Ella Kartika
CEO, MNC Studios International (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.

Pimnara Khemanuwongsuk
Assistant Division Head, TV Series, Production Dept, BBTV Channel 7

Pimnara joined Bangkok Broadcasting & TV (Channel 7HD) in 2003 as an officer in the pre-production department. She became a supervisor of the TV series production department in 2008 and in 2018 was promoted to assistant manager, heading the screenings of TV dramas/teasers/music videos for the station. She was also involved in creative copy/script writing for TV dramas and have experiences in curating TV dramas for both national and international TV awards.

Vitto Lazatin
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.

Marianne Lee

Marianne is a content professional with a career built around fan generation. Lee has held senior leadership positions in content acquisition, curation, production, marketing, social media, research and change management. Her most recent role at WarnerMedia was leading Marketing & Brand Services with the primary focus of driving subscription for HBO GO, a streaming service in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she built a from-the-ground-up General Entertainment department at Turner. There she defined and executed content and channel strategy, set new industry standards, best practices and identified key tentpole content to create fan devotion.

Mee Fung Lee
Managing Director, PIK Film (Malaysia)

Mee Fung’s media career spans over 28 years across Asia. She has worked for leading broadcasters and pay TV operators, where she played strategic roles in content and promotions. In 2005, she moved into independent production as co-executive producer and marketing strategist for film and TV projects that garnered multiple awards and achieved commercial success in Malaysia. In 2007, Mee Fung became the owner of PIK Film, a Malaysia-based distribution and content agency with a portfolio of content brands with interests in North and Southeast Asia. Today, PIK Film has expanded into production of purposeful and meaningful factual content. 

Sandie Lee
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).

Min Lim
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.

Virginia Lim
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.

Jay Lin
Chief Executive Officer, Portico Media (Taiwan)

Jay established Taipei-based media company, Portico Media, in 2004, after returning to Taiwan from Northern California, and went on to found  the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, GagaOOLala, the first queer streaming platform in Asia, and production house GOL Studios. He is also one of the organisers of the Marriage Equality Coalition in Taiwan. Portico Media works with some of the world’s best-known entertainment brands, including A+E Networks, ViacomCBS and DW.  


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.

Natasha Malhotra
Chief Content and Commercial Officer, Vuulr

Natasha joined Vuulr’s founding team in 2018 from Disney SEA, where she was VP/GM of Disney Channels and Branded Media and Content, working across the various business verticals on localisation of content, music and events. Prior to this she oversaw the Disney Channel business in India. Previous to Disney she spent over 11 years with Viacom, in India and MTVN APAC and later with the Arab Media Group as COO for MTV and Nick Arabia.

Attaphon Na Bangxang
Chief Digital Content Officer, True Corporation (Thailand)

With more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment and sports industry, Attaphon Na Bangxang looks after content acquisition and partnership for digital media platform and content & programming for True Visions. He has played instrumental roles in securing licences for big branded formats, including True Academy Fantasia and the local version of Mexican musical talent show La Academia, as well as producing TV movies and drama series. 

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. 

Sakti Parantean
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.

Fotini Paraskakis
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.

Mark Pickering
Creative Strategies & Business Director – APAC, The Chimney Group

A creative business leader and owner of global marketing agencies, Mark is managing director and creative strategist across three content and marketing agencies in the Asia-Pacific region – Chimney Group in Singapore, and Brand Spanking and Phenomenon in New Zealand. As an expert in brand storytelling, Mark works with global brands to create dynamic and engaging content across a range of platforms, including TV, cinema, events, and digital and social media. Working with his creative and production teams across the region, he works with clients to create touching and beautiful brand stories – winning a number of global awards along the way.

Gary Pudney

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.

Agnes Rozario
Director of Content, Astro (Malaysia)

A pioneer at Astro, Agnes heads the Group’s content team from TV, film to digital across all languages. She was instrumental in moving the window for local and global blockbuster movies direct to home with Astro First and Astro Best and spearheads strategic partnerships with regional players, contributing to Astro’s streaming reach. An advocate of Asian originals, Agnes led Astro Shaw to new grounds with the highest grossing local movies of all time. Her commitment in content innovation has seen an increased engagement experience for Astro’s signatures and 4K UHD live production.

Jangho Seo
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.

Indra Suharjono
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.

William Tan
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.

Krissada Trishnananda
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.

Antony Tulloch
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.

Artine Utomo
Chief Executive Officer, RTV – Rajawali Televisi Indonesia

Artine is responsible for managing nationwide terrestrial TV station RTV’s overall portfolio, including curating compelling content for Indonesian viewers. Her mandate is to develop and expand RTV’s viewership and relevance, and deliver creative excellence. With almost two decades of experience in Indonesia’s broadcasting industry, Artine’s roles have included CEO of free-TV station PT Cipta TPI (2003-2009) and CEO of content development company PT Festival Citra (2011-2016).

Elaine Uy-Casipit
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.

Kaung Zaw
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.

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