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Trends & Influences: Asia’s video industry leaders speak

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Her/She/Us: Women on beauty, power, marriage + more

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what’s inside... Trends, influences & outlook in Asia

Ahead of the publication ContentAsia’s 2021 edition of The Big List annual directory, industry bosses speak about what they are seeing in Asia this year.

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The power of IP continues to dominate just as OTT/ IPTV rights become a significant part of the content sales ecosystem... In Asia Pacific, we continue to build upon our successful Korean productions, Japanese documentaries, original unscripted shows in India and brand new shows in Southeast Asia.”

2021 has begun with a lot of momentum. The meteoric rise in the OTT business during the pandemic has seen audiences consume more content than ever before. It has given content providers plenty of opportunities for both creation and collaboration; to narrate stories, create shows, mine library titles and forge new partnerships.” Rashmi Bajpai, EVP Asia, Banijay Rights

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She/her/us

BL boost

Universal issues and themes such as power, marriage, beauty are seen through the eyes of Asian women in a new locally filmed series, Her, which unites different experiences and perspectives under a shelter of common ground. “We don’t need to be ‘empowered’,” says DW’s Petra Schneider ahead of the series May 2021 release. “We need to tell our stories”.

Thailand’s Mediaplex International has ventured into production for the first time after seven years of aggregating content for the local market. Malena Amzah spoke to CEO Joe Suteestapon about his new slate.

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Her

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Trap door

Modern Families Who’s who:

A new door has opened for CJ ENM’s scripted drama Trap in a move that shines another light on Korean stories that “look around corners that we don’t normally look at in American television”. Starlings Television president, Chris Philip, spoke to ContentAsia about the latest Asian title making its way onto the global stage.

Asia’s first gay parenting series,

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six-episode family comedy Papa & Daddy, releases on global

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streaming platform GagaOOlala on 23 April, keeping Taiwan at the forefront of LGBTQ+ content in the region and taking the next step in the country’s already-

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signinficant shift to gender equality.

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Saugato Banerjee, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, A+E Networks

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trends&outlook

Trends, influences & outlook in Asia Ahead of the publication ContentAsia’s 2021 edition of The Big List annual directory, we asked industry bosses about what they are seeing in Asia this year.

The power of IP continues to dominate just as OTT/ IPTV rights become a significant part of the content sales ecosystem... In Asia Pacific, we continue to build upon our successful Korean productions, Japanese documentaries, original unscripted shows in India and brand new shows in Southeast Asia.” Saugato Banerjee, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks

“Despite production in some Asian countries slowing down in 2020... adaptations of scripted formats have been on a rise over the past few years and we can see this still growing in 2021. Collaborations in productions and co-productions are also in high demand, despite Covid-19 travel restrictions.” Sabrina Duguet, EVP, Asia, All3media International

2021 has begun with a lot of momentum. The meteoric rise in the OTT business during the pandemic has seen audiences consume more content than ever before. It has given content providers plenty of opportunities for both creation and collaboration; to narrate stories, create shows, mine library titles and forge new partnerships.” Rashmi Bajpai, EVP Asia, Banijay Rights

“The pandemic-driven recession has had a significant impact on our media industry. Advertising revenue is predicted to dip further in 2021 as the pandemic is not expected to end soon. With the economic shutdowns in many countries we will see linear broadcasters being cautious on acquisition of content. This pandemic has also accelerated the expansion of global streamers in Asia. Some services are launching earlier than their original plan, and others are focusing on investment in local production due to shortage of global content available from production delays.”

Mini-series tend to find more room internationally, probably filling the gap in the slots and the wish to refresh TV screens more often. Historical drama is also on the rise... Drama is always the most demanded genre.” Müge Akar Content Sales Deputy Manager, ATV Turkey

We believe that Thai lakorn [drama] will be stronger in 2021. The talents and storytelling from our Thai line-ups have done very well in the Asian region, supported by strong fan clubs and platforms. Romance drama and comedy is still the favourite with handsome actors. We have a couple of shows in 2021 that portray love between older women and younger men. Lastly, BL (Boy Love) dramas will grow from strength to strength.” Anne Jakrajutatip, CEO, JKN Global Media

Henry Or, SVP, Strategic Partnerships Asia, Boat Rocker Media

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We expect the further phenomenal growth in streaming video services, both SVOD and AVOD, to continue in 2021, without eroding the value of linear programming in traditional free and pay TV in Asia. Second, there will be more of the short, limited series due to restrictions in production activities under the new normal. Finally, we see more partnerships and co-production deals taking place among key players in the industry in order to produce quality content for specific platforms.” Roxanne J. Barcelona, Vice President, GMA Worldwide Division (Philippines)

“The rise of Asian content, the growing demand for more narratives and game shows, and the change in content consumption habits due to pandemic and digitisation will open doors for more Asian content providers to showcase their own amazing content to Asia and the world.” Maria Isabel Santillan, Vice President – Head of Cignal Entertainment, Philippines

In 2021, we’re seeing a continuation of trends shaped by the pandemic. Buyers and consumers are looking for engaging content that inspires offline activity for kids, such as arts & crafts. We are also seeing an increased demand for

Buyers are looking for their usual mixture of local productions and big studio content to keep primetime eyeballs on screens. However, Covid-19 has caused production delays across the globe, so broadcasters are also looking for volume at a fair price to support gaps in their linear schedules and VOD platforms. Standalone VOD platforms are on the rise as studios and major tech companies drive towards a directto-consumer model. The proliferation and growth of local services throughout Asia means demand for content has never been higher for both SVOD and AVOD platforms – with the latter core to broadcasters’ overall offering, which is reflected in the deal terms being pushed by buyers.” Chris Bluet, SVP, Sales, Asia Pacific & Benelux, Cineflix Rights

Growth of local and global streamers provide more opportunities for a variety of genres and languages... Demand for U.S. feature films remain high due to limited theatrical releases; and Star-driven series with high production values and strong storylines are becoming more important as these have the ability to cut through the clutter in a very crowded TV landscape.”

trusted, well-known brands that help drive audience and subscribers for streamers... We’re seeing increased interest in non-dialogue content due to tightened dubbing budgets and urgent scheduling needs, as well as increased sales in our completed live-action slate, due to global shortages.”

Rajiv Dhawn, SVP, Sales Liaison, Asia, NBCUniversal Global Distributions

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“Consumers will always go for the best available storytelling and entertainment... In the current industry landscape, our partners are looking for different usage rights to incorporate into their various platforms.” Brett Hogg, Executive Vice President, Distribution & Networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment – APAC

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trends&outlook

High content consumption on television and on VOD platforms will continue since the pandemic is not over yet and many countries still live under different lock-

Coming through Covid has highlighted the strength and popularity of public broadcaster formats, delivering audience reach with positive forward looking edutainment, guaranteed ratings winners continue to be in strong demand across the board.” Katherine McMillan, Sales Manager, Europe & Worldwide Format Sales, ABC Commercial

Understanding our audience remains our biggest influence. Malaysia is a unique country with numerous different segments across languages, religion, race and demographics. It’s about serving these different

down measures. New VOD platforms will continue to emerge leading to a higher competition between the existing ones and the new ones. This will also increase the appetite for non-U.S. international content that will reach more and more audiences all over the world.” Yuliya Fischer, Director of ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises

groups with content that is relevant and close to their hearts. At the same time, it is also about fresh ideas and storytelling in order to sustain and create stickiness.” Agnes Rozario, Director, Content, Astro Malaysia

“Business Innovation. Since cinemas are still closed and movement is still limited, our company is beefing up our TV channels and newly-launched VOD platform with fresh content that would entertain people who are staying home because of this pandemic. We need to know what we can offer our audience and how we can thrive in this new normal.” Tina B. Tubongbanua, Head, Licensing and Acquisition, Viva Communications (Philippines)

With digital platforms attracting more viewers than ever in Asia, we see the natural demand for volume. We have seen a rise in demand for uplifting and escapist titles. Movies that are comfortable and easy to watch are attracting more viewers as well as films that provide positive emotions. With production in limbo, anything recently produced is at a premium. Viewers are desperate for fresh content, so will gravitate towards new titles, particularly films.” Sam Partner, Acting Head of International Distribution, Reel One International

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... & the future of channels & platforms We expect to see the continued growth of VOD, including premium AVOD services. Locally produced quality content combined

with affordable data will continue to power the growth of content consumption. At the same, select markets will continue to witness resilience of the linear content ecosystem.” Saugato Banerjee, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, A+E Networks

“With audiences across Asia required to spend more time at home due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, family co-viewing of screen content has increased and is here to stay... In 2021, we will continue to see a proliferation of direct-to-consumer platforms with production houses creating their own streaming services. Traditional news media is engaged in a contest for audiences who are increasingly vulnerable to disinformation spread by disreputable forces particularly in the social media space. As the contest for attention intensifies, news media organisations like the ABC will double down on their commitment to public interest journalism which creatively engages, informs and educates audiences and builds trust.” Claire Gorman, Manager, ABC International

We expect content platforms to become content market places, where subscribers can access all type of local and international content, in a fast and costeffective way. All pre- and post-COVID market research has shown that the Live TV experience remains the core of news media consumption.” Maxime Carboni, Director of Worldwide Distribution, Euronews

SVOD subscriptions will continue to boom in the region, whereas linear model will keep evolving with the development of FAST. The key will be to play with the models to provide the best satisfaction to the subscribers with the right content.” Alexandre Bac, Managing Director Asia Pacific, THEMA

The intersection of AI, mixed reality, social in the experience of video media. With gaming, esports video leading the pack.” Debbie Lee, Founder & CEO, TechTV Network

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productioninterview

She/her/us

Her

Universal issues and themes such as power, marriage, beauty are seen through the eyes of Asian women in a new locally filmed series, Her, which unites different experiences and perspectives under a shelter of common ground. “We don’t need to be ‘empowered’,” says DW’s Petra Schneider ahead of the series May 2021 release. “We need to tell our stories”. “There are times in your life as a woman where, no matter where we are,

across the region, “we went looking for common ground, topics that are

we face the same issues as women everywhere. Power. Beauty. Relation-

local but can be appreciated across the region,” Schneider says.

ships... We went looking for universal themes that, no matter how different

In addition to another local series Unseen, which looks at environmental

our situations, perspectives or experiences, tie us all together,” says DW’s

issues in Asia, DW’s multi-country brainstorming sessions emerged with a

distribution director, Petra Schneider, ahead of the premiere of the Ger-

show that asks woman in Asia to talk about their experiences and per-

man broadcaster’s six-part Asian series Her.

spectives on common issues. “We believe that all women have the same

Her airs on multiple platforms across the region from mid-May this year,

events in their lives, but different experiences,” Schneider says.

including TVB’s myTV Super in Hong Kong; Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom;

DW, which has been operating in Asia for more than two decades, then

multiple platforms in Indonesia, including MaxStream, Vidio, Genflix and

created a pilot as a reference point, and commissioned the episodes from

MNC’s VisionPlus; and Vietnam’s FPT, among others.

local filmmakers, as well as DW’s bureau in Taipei for the Taiwan episode.

The series covers Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, along with DW’s South Asia strongholds of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

Each episode of Her combines three women from different parts of Asia with different backgrounds talking about the same issue or event. The

All filming was done by local crews and production houses, including

broad search for stories took the team from a same-sex-mixed-nationality

the Kuala Lumpur-based Pik Film, which did the Malaysia and Indonesia

couple living in Taiwan, where gay marriage is legal but their union is not

episodes. DW executive produced and co-ordinated the stories, and

because one half of the couple is Malaysian; to a polygamous marriage

post-production was completed in-house in Germany.

in Malaysia; and a lone female professional baseball umpire who found

A second season is in the works, with enhanced production tech, including the use of drones. The final number of episodes is still in discussion.

herself on the field with no appropriate protective gear... until some was developed especially for her.

A couple of years in the making, Her is part of DW’s long-standing com-

Nothing in the Her bible talks specifically about “empowering women”,

mitment to local relevance underpinned by its public broadcast mandate.

Schneider says. “We don’t need to ‘empower’,” she says. “We need to tell

In a bid to tap demand for local/vernacular content that would work

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our stories.”

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productioninterview

You’re My Sky

BL boost Thailand’s Mediaplex International has ventured into production for the first time after seven years of aggregating content for the local market. Malena Amzah spoke to company CEO, Joe Suteestapon, about his new slate. Bangkok-based Thai content aggregator, Mediaplex International, is rid-

We can see the potential to

ing the Boy Love (BL) content wave, unveiling its first original production

serve this target audience lo-

– You’re My Sky – along with a slate of seven new BL titles in the pipeline

cally and internationally,” Suteestar-

for 2021-2022.

pon says, highlighting the ability of lo-

The 12x45 minute You’re My Sky is directed by Dhammarong Sermrit-

cal production to reach local hearts

tirong (The Gifted, My Bubble Tea) and produced by World Y Entertain-

and eyes in a way that is impossible

ment. The first trailer will be released at the end of April. The series will

for international content.

premiere in October this year on Grammy’s digital terrestrial television channel, One31.

Joe Suteestarpon, Mediaplex International

“There are certain audiences for international content but to capture larger local audience, we have to create original production,” he says.

You’re My Sky is about a first-year student Thorn, played by Suar Krit-

Suteestarpon’s inaugural foray into local originals tracks a significant

sanaphong (You Never Eat Alone), who has been secretly in love with

trend in Asian content creation, with shows such as Call It What You Want,

jock Tupfah, played by Tae Chayapat (Y-Destiny). As they train together,

a 2021 Thai-Taiwan BL series by Taiwan’s global LGBTQ streaming service

Thorn slowly falls for the handsome Tupfah and despite his close friend’s

GagaOOLala and Thailand’s Line TV; Gen Y The Series, which is currently

warnings, one day confesses his love. Tupfah, who is highly competitive

airing on streaming platform iQiyi; and Philippines’ Globe Studios Gaya

and doesn’t trust anyone easily, wants to focus on his game instead. Sup-

sa Pelikula (Like in the Movies), which debuted in September last year on

porting characters include Jump Kananat, Boom Thanat (Wake Up Ladies

Globe’s official YouTube channel.

2: Very Complicated), Kris Sakris and Porsche Tanatorn. The first originals out of the seven-year old Mediaplex, which was established in 2013, are funded by a local private investor, says Mediaplex’s chief executive officer, Joe Suteestarpon. “Demand for BL content in Thailand and in this region is increasing.

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“Boy Love is a phenomenon of Asian dramas these days and these series have managed to amass enthusiastic fans around the world,” he says. In addition to GMM’s One31, broadcasting partners for other titles in Mediaplex’s slate include BEC’s Channel 3 and Grammy’s SDTV GMM25. Discussions with OTT platforms are ongoing, Suteestarpon says.

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productioninterview

Don Lee, actor and co-founder of Gorilla 8 Productions

Trap door A new door has opened for CJ ENM's 2019 scripted drama Trap, which is being adapted for the international market in a move that shines another light on Korean stories that "look around corners that we don't normally look at in American television". Starlings Television president, Chris Philip, spoke to ContentAsia about the latest Asian title making its way onto the global stage. When L.A.-based indie production house Starlings Television partnered

There are ways to make every show with an independent model,” he

with Korean-American action star Don Lee and his Korean production

adds.

house Gorilla 8 Productions on an English-language international version

Of all the scripted shows in the world Starlings could have chosen to

of CJ ENM's scripted drama Trap, yet another step was taken into a class

adapt, Philip says he chose Trap because "it has all the elements of what

of global filmmaking unafraid of the dark, unencumbered by traditional

we think is trending now", including a compelling central character.

funding or thinking, unconcerned with specific geographies.

“We don't quite know what's going on in the detective's head, we don't

Trap, says Starlings Television president Chris Philip, was the right format at the right time that could be packaged in the right way.

know the investigator's motives. There's a dark past but there's clearly an objective”.

The international version, The Club, stars Lee as a veteran detective

In Trap, he found a "different kind of investigator... a detective with a

investigating a mysterious group of hunters who have attacked a famous

personal agenda and an inner rage that is controlled until it can't be

news anchor and his family while on a camping trip. The detective, who

controlled anymore. He knows in advance of us what he has uncovered

lost his own son in a hit-and-run, finds himself mired in a twisted mystery

but we don't know what he's thinking. That's the beauty of the format”.

orchestrated by an elite and powerful group with disturbing appetites.

The series "really keeps you guessing... it peels the onion slowly". And,

He slowly learns that, in this case, nothing is as it seems and killers are

like many of its fellow Korean dramas, "it looks around corners that we

hiding in plain sight.

don't normally look at in American television... shines a light on things that

The series is being pitched to platforms around the world with Jack

you just don't normally shine a light on".

LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Narcos, House of

Philip, who in the show announcement on 20 April described Korean

Cards) on board as writer/showrunner and Philip, along with Starlings

drama as "delightfully shocking", is betting on robust viewer appetite

Entertainment chief executive Karine Martin, as executive producers.

for the guessing game and says darker serialised drama has found a

Like the model used for Departure (2019), production will go ahead

successful home on global streaming services. “This is not a trend that will

without many of the above-the-line commitments that passed as normal

end anytime soon," he says. “Viewers want to see things they haven't see

in the past, Philip says. “Our plan is to consider options across the globe...

before, and this show delivers that."

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Trap Korea, CJ ENM

Chris Philip, President, Starlings Television

Karine Martin, CEO, Starlings Entertainment

Don Lee – who plays Eternal Gilgamesh in Marvel's Eternals – was the first and only choice for the lead role, Philip says. “We never really considered anyone else. He's the right guy for it regardless of where he is from.” Speaking about forging “the path to creating more meaningful, crosscultural storytelling opportunities", Chris S. Lee, Gorilla 8 Productions' head of production and CEO of talent management and production agency B&C Content, says the adaptation will provide a "nuanced, fresh take on the original Korean format for a global audience". Don Lee and Chris Lee are partners in Gorilla 8 Productions. The most significant adjustment to the original script is the pacing, Philip says. Whatever other plot changes (and he's not saying there were any) remain under wraps for now, along with the forecast production timeline.

Chris S. Lee, CEO, B&C Content; Head of Production, Gorilla 8 Productions

Darker serialised drama is not a trend that will end anytime soon. Viewers want to see things they haven't seen before.” Chris Philip, President, Starlings Television

Starlings envisions The Club as a multi-season property. "It has a collection of individuals who are incredibly dark and incredibly powerful ... each season will continue with the same investigator but a different

original Korean series, produced by Film Monster, aired on Korea’s OCN

case," Philip says.

channel in February/March 2019, with Sung Dong-il as the veteran

And therein lies the show's biggest challenge, as Philip sees it. "The first

detective with uncanny instincts and Lee Seo-jin as the successful

season is pretty clear... the challenge will be in sustaining success across

anchorman with a perfect family life. The series ended with unimpressive

multiple seasons."

average ratings of 3.294% across the full seven-part series, with the

The original Korean version ran for a single season. Philip says he was not influenced in the slightest by the ratings in Korea. The seven-episode

highest of 3.992% for the final episode. (nationwide, AGB Nielsen). Rather, he says, "the format spoke to me".

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countryprofiles

Modern families

Mike Lin, Melvia Sia and Kai Lin during Taipei Pride 2020

Global streaming platform GagaOOlala premieres Asia’s first gay parenting series this month, keeping Taiwan at the forefront of LGBTQ+ content and helping to shape the narrative around modern families. Asia’s first gay parenting series, six-episode family comedy Papa & Daddy,

dience and ultimately, amplify the message of love and acceptance,

releases on global streaming platform GagaOOlala on 23 April, keeping

diversity, and equality for all, regardless of one’s sexual orientation”.

Taiwan at the forefront of LGBTQ+ content in the region and taking the next step in the country’s already-significant shift to gender equality. Inspired by the parenting journey of GagaOOlala founder and chief

Lin, executive producer on Papa & Daddy, speaks about the opportunity to “help shape the narrative on the modern family and in the process assist LGBTQ+ individuals who have contemplated starting a family”.

executive, Jay Lin, Papa & Daddy is the story of Damian, a 38-year-old

“As a gay parent myself, I have heard people question whether chil-

overseas Taiwanese and recent divorcé, who returns to Taipei to open his

dren raised under LGBTQ+ households could grow up physically and psy-

dream restaurant, and falls for 28-year-old YouTube vlogger, Jerry, who

chologically healthy,” he says.

hasn’t come out to his mother and father yet. Eventually, the pair become parents through surrogacy.

Chen speaks about the series as helping “to showcase the challenges of gay parenting but also celebrate its new beginnings”.

Papa & Daddy, supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, is written

“While there is a lot of LGBT-related content that talks about the hard-

and directed by Nancy Chen, who was behind the screenplay for 2018’s

ships of starting same-sex parented families, there is little or absolutely no

A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities, and directed Big Three Dragons and

content focusing on the roles and responsibilities that come with being a

HIStory4.

gay parent,” she says.

Malaysian Chinese actor/singer Melvin Sia (Romantic Delicacies, Love

Papa & Daddy is the second installment in GagaOOLala’s anthology

Destiny, V-Focus) plays Damian. Taiwanese actor Mike Lin (Love & TT, The

“Queer Up The Volume”, a collection of original queer love stories, each

Outsiders) stars as Jerry. Both play gay characters on screen for the first

with its own title song and music video, aiming to portray different facets

time in the series.

of contemporary queer life and its issues. The project received a subsidy

During the launch press conference in Taipei, Sia said “while much of the world is gradually becoming accepting of the LGBTQ+ community,

from the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development of the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

it is clear that Asia is largely lagging behind. There is barely any LGBTQ+

Director’s involved in “Queer Up The Volume” include Kuang-Hui Liu

content that makes it to the theatres or mainstream television, especially

(Your Name Engraved Herein), Cheng Hun-i (The Last Painting, As We

from where I come from in Malaysia. With Papa & Daddy and Gaga-

Like It) and Nelson Yeh (A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities). All projects will

OOLala, I genuinely believe we can reach out to a larger online au-

premiere on GagaOOLala during 2021.

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Saugato Banerjee Managing Director, Asia Pacific E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com John Flanagan General Manager, Japan and Regional Head of Programming & Marketing E: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com YoungSun Soh General Manager, Korea & Regional Head of Digital Business Development E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com Chris Humphrey Head of Production, Asia Pacific E: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Joyce Lim Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com Feryal Hemamda Director of Marketing, Digital, Communications, Southeast Asia E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com Alistair Roseburgh Director of Operations, Digital Productions, Asia Pacific E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com AD SALES CONTACT Rohit Potphode Head of Ad Sales & Brand Partnerships E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com AFFILIATE SALES CONTACT Salawati Mohamed Head of Distribution & Partnership Development, Southeast Asia E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com PROGRAMME ACQUISITION CONTACT Pooja Nirmal Kant Director of International Content Sales, Southeast Asia E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com

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A+E Networks Asia operates throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million cumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. *Note: figure above excludes India and Australia. A+E Networks offers a range of content across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and OTT to existing linear TV channel subscribers with the number of hours of content varying throughout the region. Its content and channels are also offered on a subscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and Apple TV in selected territories in Asia.

Advertising/sponsorship

A+E Networks Asia’s commercial teams work in partnership with brands and agencies to deliver a wide variety of multi-platform media solutions from seamless programme integration to customised digital content creation, consumer activations and engaging social media campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability to reach local and international audiences in a brand safe environment is sought after by advertisers seeking to interact with active multi-platform audiences.

Trends & Outlook 2021 We expect to see the continued growth of VOD, including premium AVOD services. Locally produced quality content combined with affordable data will continue to power the growth of content consumption. At the same, select markets will continue to witness resilience of the linear content ecosystem.” Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

Content strategy

A+E Networks Asia has an increased focus on creating local productions from the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme offering from A+E Networks U.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired for A+E Networks Asia channels feature a diverse range of programming that is unique and specially curated for our audiences in Asia.

Local Production

Through 2020, A+E Networks was committed to producing local productions. In Japan, our biggest titles included Tokyo Legacy and the theatrical release, Sono Otoko Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E Networks channels this year. Other productions include Back to Nature, which features Japan’s unique pristine nature sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest titles included Backstreet Rookie produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legendary producer Myeongwoo Lee. Negotiation King topped digital content, averaging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series is A+E Networks Korea’s second premium scripted drama featuring Korean and American actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim.

Asia Focus in 2021

“We will continue to create locally relevant quality content that entertains and inspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, creating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In Japan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be our ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This unique proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

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A+E Networks™ is an award-winning global content company consisting of some of the world’s most iconic and culturally relevant brands in media, including The HISTORY Channel™, Lifetime™, History2™ and Crime+Investigation™. A+E Networks™ Asia operates and distributes its portfolio of channels across multiple platforms in Asia Pacific, produces a variety of original content series and provides digital content capabilities for 3rd party partners in the region. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 340 million households in over 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users.


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ABC Australia is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s multi-genre televisionglobal and digital service, available in 40 ™ A+E Networksinternational is an award-winning content company consisting countries across Asia and the Pacifi c. Our content offering includes of some of the world’s most iconic and culturally relevant brands in the veryincluding best news current affairs™,journalism from the ™ ABC. It media, Theand HISTORY Channel Lifetime™, History2 and also features sport, drama, lifestyle, ™ ™ travel, English language learning Crime+Investigation . A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its and award-winning children’s programmes selected to portfolio of channels across multiple platforms carefully in Asia Pacifi c, produces a appeal to audiences in the Indo Pacifi c region. ABC Australia aims to variety of original content series and provides digital content capabilities inform, entertain, and international with a uniquely for 3rd party partners in inspire the region. Globally, audiences A+E Networks’ channels and Australian perspective.reach more than 340 million households in over branded programming 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users. Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Ultimo Centre A+E Networks Asia 700 Harris Street 18 Purvis Street Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia #02-01 E: international.distribution@abc.net.au Singapore 188597 W: http://www.abcaustralia.net.au

Who’s Who’s Who... who...

Saugato Banerjee Claire Gorman Managing Director, Asia Pacific Manager ABC International E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com E: gorman.claire.m@abc.net.au John Flanagan Jo Price General Manager, Japan and RegionMarketing Executive ABC International al Head of Programming & Marketing E: price.jo@abc.net.au E: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com Nesryn Bouziane YoungSun Soh Projects Lead ABC International General Manager, Korea & Regional E: bouziane.nesryn@abc.net.au Head of Digital Business Development Kim Adams E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com Distribution Coordinator ABC International Chris Humphrey E: adams.kimberley@abc.net.au Head of Production, Asia Pacific E: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Joyce Lim Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com Feryal Hemamda Director of Marketing, Digital, Dorothee Ulrichs Dorothee Ulrichs Communications, Southeast Asia E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com Claire Gorman Jo Price Alistair Roseburgh Director of Operations, Digital Productions, Asia Pacific E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com AD SALESUlrichs CONTACT Dorothee Ulrichs Dorothee Rohit Potphode Nesryn Bouziane Kim Adams Head of Ad Sales & Brand Partnerships E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com

Asia focus in 2021

AFFILIATE SALES CONTACT In 2021, ABC Australia Salawati Mohamed will continue to Head of Distribution & Partnership provide its audiences Development, Southeast Asia with outstanding Australian E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com

content and in particular news and current affairs PROGRAMME ACQUISITION CONTACT from a trusted source – Pooja Nirmal Kant Australia’s pre-eminent Director of International Content public broadcaster. ABC Sales, Southeast Australia willAsia also seek to E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com increase its footprint and audience reach by further expanding its network of rebroadcast partners across Asia.” Claire Gorman Manager ABC International

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Channels ABC Australia is a television channel availChannel distribution in Asia

able via an extensive network of 130+ A+E Networks Asia operates throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million rebroadcast partners across Asia and the cumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. Pacific. Our distribution network includes *Note: figure above excludes India and Australia. the region’s largest and most prestigious media organisations. On-demand services ABC Australia showcases outstanding A+E Networks offers a range of content across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and Australian content, including trusted and OTT to existing linear TV channel subscribers with the number of hours content SydneyofNYE fireworks independent news and current affairs from varying throughout the region. Its content and channels are also offered on a the ABC’s newsrooms and correspondents across the globe. The channel also ofsubscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and fers live coverage of the iconic AFL competition sport, high quality Australian draApple TV in selected territories in Asia. ma, lifestyle, culture, travel, education and award-winning children’s programmes.

Advertising/sponsorship Target Audience

A+E Networks Asia’s commercial teams work in partnership with brands and ABC Australia is aimed at English speakers (and learners) with an interest in agencies to deliver a wide variety of multi-platform media solutions from seamAustralia, in particular educated regional influencers in all key markets in Asia less programme integration to customised digital content creation, consumer and the Pacific and their families. It is also designed to keep Australians living activations and engaging social media campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability and travelling in the region in touch with their home. to reach local and international audiences in a brand safe environment is sought after by advertisers seeking to interact with active multi-platform audiences. Streaming ABC Australia iview is the ABC’s unique international video on demand platform Trends the & Outlook 2021and current affairs and selected factual, documentary offering best ABC news and lifestyle content. The service offers a live stream of the ABC News channel. We expect see the continued growth of ABC Australia iview is to available in iOS and Android stores outside of Australia. VOD, including premium AVOD services. W: http://www.abcaustralia.net.au/abc-australia-iview

Locally produced quality content combined with affordable data will continue to power Content the growth of content consumption. At the same, ABC Australia’ schedule is comprised of approximately 80% news and current select markets will continue to witness resilience affairs programming produced in the ABC’s newsrooms. The remaining 20% proof the linear content ecosystem.” vides a rich and satisfying suite of content selected for its appeal and relevance to audiences in AsiaAsia-Pacifi and the Pacifi c. This 20% is comprised of content for which Saugato Banerjee, c Managing Director, A+E Networks the ABC owns 100% of the rights. ABC Australia invests in content production every year.strategy We also acquire content from the commercial and non-commercial Content production sector non-exclusive basis.on creating local productions from A+E Networks Asia on hasaan increased focus

the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme Trends from & Outlook 2021U.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired offering A+E Networks With audiences across Asia required to spend more timeofatprogramming home due tothat the Cofor A+E Networks Asia channels feature a diverse range is vid-19 lockdowns, family co-viewing of screen content has increased and is here unique and specially curated for our audiences in Asia. to stay. ABC Australia’s multi genre offer is designed to appeal to this co-viewing trend, with high quality drama, entertainment and lifestyle programmes curated Local Production with this multi-generational viewership in mind. Through 2020, A+E Networks was committed to producing local productions. In 2021, we will continue to see a proliferation of direct-to-consumer platforms In Japan, our biggest titles included Tokyo Legacy and the theatrical release, with production houses creating their own streaming services. Traditional news Sono Otoko Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E media is engaged in a contest for audiences who are increasingly vulnerable Networks channels this year. Other productions include Back to Nature, which to disinformation spread by disreputable forces particularly in the social media features Japan’s unique pristine nature sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest space. As the contest for attention intensifies, news media organisations like the titles included Backstreet Rookie produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legABC will double down on their commitment to public interest journalism which endary producer Myeongwoo Lee. Negotiation King topped digital content, avcreatively engages, informs and educates audiences and builds trust. eraging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series is A+E Networks Korea’s second premium scripted drama featuring Korean and American actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim.

Asia Focus in 2021

“We will continue to create locally relevant quality content that entertains and inspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, creating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In Japan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be our ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This unique proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

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Deutsche Welle (DW) Kurt-Schumacher Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany T: +49 228 429 0 E: sales@dw.com W: www.dw.com HQ in Asia: PIK film 30 Lorong Bukit Pantai Lucky Garden, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia T: +60 3 2093 0866

Target audience DW’s audience in Asia consists of opinion leaders and educated professionals in government and business that are located primarily in urban areas and are aged between 20 and 49 years old.

Linear television channels in Asia DW broadcasts two linear channels in Asia – DW in English and DW (Deutsch) in German. DW also works with local partners on co-productions and regionalised adaptations of popular programming. We adapt certain programmes with subtitles in specific markets. In Asia, DW’s English channel is available in HD.

Channel distribution in Asia

Who’s who...

Andres Palacios-Degwitz Head of Sales and Distribution, Asia Mee Fung Lee Asia Representative

DW is available in English and German as a 24-hour linear channel in almost every Asian country. At present, DW can be found on more than 1,100 platforms and channels across Asia on a wide variety of platforms. DW and DW Deutsch are broadcast as linear cable channels, on DTH, IPTV, mobile, on DVB-T or via re-broadcasting partners that offer select DW programmes via terrestrial free TV, online and on mobile devices. This range of options makes DW available to more than 100 million households in Asia.

On-demand/online Dorothee Ulrichs

Andres PalaciosDegwitz

Mee Fung Lee

Advertising Sales Contact Mee Fung Lee Asia Representative T: +60 3 2093 0866 E: meefung.lee@pikfilm.com.my

DW’s SVOD services are offered through select IPTV partner packages. In China, for example, we have deals with the popular video websites Tudou, Youku and Huanqiu. DW Premium is a new service that provides partners easy access to an exhaustive catalogue of DW content. We have also expanded partnerships with OTT and VOD providers to increase our reach. And the DW for Smart TV app is available on most smart TV models with an easy-to-use interface featuring the best DW programmes.

Content strategy DW is broadcast around the world and we adapt news and programming that corresponds to each region’s prime time and our scheduling reflects this balance of news, features and magazines. When acquiring content, DW places an emphasis on international appeal, but also requires content that has worldwide geographical rights. Since the relaunch of the flagship English channel in 2015, DW has reduced the proportion of re-runs in the schedule.

Local production Asia focus in 2021

One of DW’s strong points in Asia is developing programming that can be adapted for different target regions and partner co-productions are the cornerstone of this. In 2021, we have once again put the focus on the issues that are most relevant in Asia. Like with Unseen, a programme that looks at environmental problems and their innovative solutions. Or with HER – a new series featuring stories about women in Asia, their lives, experiences, perspectives and experiences. DW also has long-running co-productions that have been extremely successful in Asian markets. For example, DW’s science format is adapted to Manthan for Hindi audiences, Onneshon for Bangladesh, Inovator for the Bahasa Indonesian market and Sawal for Pakistan. We also include subtitled programming in Indonesia and Vietnam.

In Asia the streaming game is being played at the highest level, as regional platforms continue to be filled with world-class quality content. Leveraging local talent and engaging with local producers is now, more than ever, an imperative for international media houses aspiring to succeed in the Asian streaming market. With the support of local partners, DW is launching in 2021 formats that speak directly to the issues of Asia’s young and vibrant audiences” Andres Palacios-Degwitz, Head of Sales and Distribution, Asia

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Advertising/sponsorship Advertisers with DW can take advantage of a lucrative audience demographic with classic advertising opportunities on DW’s 24/7 English-language TV programming. There is also the possibility to sponsor programmes and create promotional stories with a distinctive character and a high level of credibility.

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Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable news and information with content in 30 languages. The flagship channel DW provides analysis and insights to viewers around the globe, reporting on important issues in English 24/7. With continuous news reports, special features and talk shows covering everything from business, science and politics to culture and sports, DW brings people closer to what matters most – made in Germany, made for minds.


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Euronews is the number one international news channel in Europe.

A+E Networks™ is an award-winning global content company consisting Its mission is to empower people to form their opinion. Euronews is of some of the world’s most iconic and culturally relevant brands in unapologetically impartial and seeks to offer a diversity of viewpoints. media, including The HISTORY Channel™, Lifetime™, History2™ and Euronews is “All views”. ™ ™ broadcast 24/7 and boasts 15 Crime+Investigation . A+EEuronews Networksis Asia operates and distributes its distinct language editions. Since itsplatforms launch inin1993, Euronews has a portfolio of channels across multiple Asia Pacifi c, produces variety of originalimpartial content series provides digital content capabilities been delivering newsand trusted by audiences across the world, for 3rd party in the region. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and available in partners 400 million homes across 160 countries. branded programming reach more than 340 million households in over 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users. Euronews Asia-Pacific HQ #04-04 Lavender Place A+E Networks Asia 161 Lavender Street 18 Purvis Street Singapore 338750 #02-01 Euronews World HQ Singapore 188597 56 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon Who’s France Who... Saugato Banerjee W: https://www.euronews.com/ Managing Director, Asia Pacific @company/euronews/mycompany/ E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com @euronews John Flanagan General Manager, Japan and RegionWho’s who... al Head of Programming & Marketing Michael Peters E: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com Chief Executive Officer YoungSun Soh Carolyn Gibson General Manager, Korea & Regional Chief Revenue Officer Head of Digital Business Development Maxime Carboni E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com Director of Worldwide Distribution Chris Humphrey Maxime Vandenbroucque Head of Production, Asia Pacific Head of Partnerships, Content Sales & E: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Distribution APAC Joyce Lim Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com Feryalfocus Hemamda Asia in 2021 Director of Marketing, Digital, Communications, Southeast Asia 2020 proved that E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com impartial and factual news is more than Alistair Roseburgh ever a consumer Director of Operations, driver. Thus, bringing solid and Digital Productions, Asia diversifi Pacific ed news content to our partners E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com

and their audiences will remain primary focus AD SALES our CONTACT in 2021. With Rohit Potphode 17 channels and in Head a of unique Ad Sales &positioning Brand Partnerships a brand-safe environment, E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com Euronews Group aims to become the world news AFFILIATE SALES CONTACT one-stop-shop. This extensive Salawati Mohamed approach will allow us Head of Distribution & Partnership to adapt to our partners’ Development, Southeast Asia business model and the E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com preferences of their audience.” PROGRAMME ACQUISITION CONTACT Maxime Vandenbroucque, Head of Partnerships Pooja Nirmaland KantDistribution APAC Director of International Content Sales, Southeast Asia E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com

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Channel distribution in Asia

A+E Networks Asia operates throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million cumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. *Note: figure above excludes India and Australia.

On-demand services

A+E Networks offers a range of content across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and OTT to existing linear TV channel subscribers with the number of hours of content varying throughout the region. Its content and channels are also offered on a subscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and Apple TV in selected territories in Asia.

Advertising/sponsorship

A+E Networks Asia’s commercial teams work in partnership with brands and agencies to deliver a wide variety of multi-platform media solutions from seamless programme integration to customised digital content creation, consumer activations and engaging social media campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability to reach local and international audiences in a brand safe environment is sought Channels after by advertisers to interact with active multi-platform audiences. Euronews delivers 12seeking channels including Euronews World, Euronews French, Euronews German, Euronews Italian, Euronews Spanish, Euronews Portuguese, Trends &Turkish, Outlook 2021Arabic, Euronews Russian, Euronews Persian, Euronews Euronews Euronews Greek and Euronews Hungarian, plus three affiliate channels (Euronews Albania, We expect to see the continued growth of Euronews Georgia and Euronews Serbia) and one sister channel: Africanews in VOD, including premium AVOD services. English and French.

Locally produced quality content combined with affordable data will continue to power Content the growth of content consumption. At the same, Euronews creates original 24/7 news from an European perspective. select markets will continue tocontent witness resilience Aside round-the-clock news coverage, Euronews has dedicated shows of thefrom linear content ecosystem.”

covering topics like science, climate, business, current affairs. Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

Target Audience Euronews audiences Content strategyare upscale, young, affluent, educated and professional:

business decisions frequent travellers. A+E Networks Asia makers, has an increased focus on creating local productions from the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme offering from A+E Networks U.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired Linear/on-demand for A+E Networks channelsinfeature a diverse range of programming that is Euronews contentAsia is delivered both linear and on-demand formats. unique and specially curated our audiencesfor in Asia. Programme line-ups and feedsfor are customised specific markets.

Local Production Advertising

Through A+E are Networks was committed Euronews2020, services advertising supported.to producing local productions. In Japan, our biggest titles included Tokyo Legacy and the theatrical release, Sono Otoko Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E Streaming in Asia Networks channels year. Other productions to Nature, The Euronews app isthis available on the Appstore include and theBack Google store. which features Japan’s unique pristine nature sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest titles included Backstreet Rookie produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legTrends & Outlook 2021 endary producer Myeongwoo Negotiation Kingmarket toppedplaces, digital where content, av• “We expect content platformsLee. to become content suberaging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series scribers can access all type of local and international content, in a fast and costis A+E Networks second scripted drama featuring effective way. InKorea’s preparation for premium these changes, Euronews Group hasKorean led theand transAmerican actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim. formation of its content offering by launching new channels, brands and formats.” • “All pre- and post-COVID market research has shown that the Live TV experi-

Asia Focus in ence remains the2021 core of news media consumption. Being able to innovate on

“We to create locally quality content thatwith entertains linearwill TVcontinue remains our mission, alongrelevant with providing audiences factual,and indeinspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, crependent and trust-worthy stories.” ating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In • “Asia being at the forefront of innovation in our industry, we are determined to Japan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all support the development of Ad supported models on Linear and VOD content over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content with regional CTVs, digital and OTT platforms. 2021 may definitely confirm that productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be news is a major FAST driver and that Euronews is a leader in this market segment.” our ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This – Maxime Carboni, Director of Worldwide Distribution unique proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

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Rai Com S.p.A. Via Umberto Novaro, 18 00195 Rome, Italy T: +39 06 33178229 W: www.raicom.rai.it @Raicomspa @rai_com

Who’s who...

David Bogi Business Development and Strategies Director Benedetta Migliore International Channels Distribution, Extra European Countries

Commissario Ricciardi David Bogi

Benedetta Migliore

Target Audience Italians living abroad

Linear Television Channels In Asia

Rai Italia The great beauty of Italian TV programes Showcasing the best of Italy, 24/7, Rai Italia features the best of Rai programming in Italian with a mix of variety, talk, lifestyle, news, drama, sports, culture, documentary, travel, kids, music, series, soap operas and original productions for Italians abroad. L’Italia Con Voi

Rai News 24 The first Italian all-news channel with a non-stop information. Operating 24/7, Rai News 24 informs viewers with top stories, breaking news, and live coverage of main national and international events. Created April 26, 1999, Rai News 24 developed an innovative model combining television, internet and digital technologies. The choice of a multiscreen format and widespread use of video conference connections with correspondents and experts is significant. Often, videos are broadcast without commentary and only some subtitles, so as to not to bias the viewer.

Rai News 24

Inter Milan TV and Lazio Style Channel Rai sports channels offer fans exclusive interviews with players and staff; full matches: including all Serie A games, UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League, live reserve, academy games and “classic” matches; plus footballing news and other themed programming. The stations also broadcast all of the team’s preseason friendly matches. Inter Milan TV is available in selected territories.

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Rai Italia is the commercial branch of Rai Group, the Italian Public Broadcaster. The company is an international content producer and distributor, offering year-round support to all major Italian directors and emerging talent by delivering their titles to the international market. Rai Com also distributes Rai Channels with a multiplatform approach to better reach wider audiences and targeted markets.


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TechStorm is Asia’s fastest growing entertainment network that ™ celebrates Asia’s rising stars in esports, gaming tech innovations; A+E Networks is an award-winning global contentand company consisting of someavailable of the world’s most iconic and culturally relevant brands in made across Asia Pacifi c. Its 24/7 network programmed ™ ™ ™ media, including The HISTORY Channel , Lifetime , History2 and in HD showcases a compelling line-up of the best in-class, first-run ™ ™ Crime+Investigation . A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its and international quality exclusive entertainment targeting mass, portfolio of channels across multiple platforms in Asia Pacific, produces a spectator esports audience, millennial generation and families. variety of original content series and provides digital content capabilities Available to more than 100 partner platforms in Asia with full 360 rights for 3rd party partners in the region. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and on OTT, Mobile streaming, DTH, IPTV and cable. branded programming reach more than 340 million households in over 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users. TechTV Network Pte. Ltd. 67 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #03-25/26 A+E Networks Asia Singapore139950 18 Purvis Street @techstormtv #02-01 @TechStorm Singapore 188597 @TechStorm TV

Who’s Who... who...

Debbie Lee Founder & CEO Saugato Banerjee Kevin Liow Director, Head of Tech & Operations Managing Asia Pacifi c Anna Lee Head of Sales E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com Ho Yan Yi Director, Content John Flanagan Lai Chink Eng SeniorJapan Manager, General Manager, andContent RegionNazurah Roslan Senior Exec, Content al Head of Programming & Marketing Neo Yen Nee Assistant Director, E: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com Marketing Partnerships YoungSun Soh Wynn Loo Assistant Manager, Client General Manager, Korea & Regional Services & Marketing Head ofAhmed Digital Senior Business Development Tanveer Content Producer E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com Vivian Eu Content Producer Chris Humphrey June Chia HR & Office Manager Head of Production, Asia Pacific E: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Affi liate/Advertising Sales Contact Joyce Lim E: sales@techstorm.tv Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia Programme Acquisition Contact E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com E: programming@techstorm.tv Feryal Hemamda Director of Marketing, Digital, Communications, Southeast Asia E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com Alistair Roseburgh Director of Operations, Digital Productions, Asia Pacific E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com Debbie Lee

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AD SALES CONTACT Rohit Potphode Head of Ad Sales & Brand Partnerships E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com

AFFILIATE SALES CONTACT Salawati Mohamed Anna Lee Ho Yan Yi Head of Distribution & Partnership Development, Southeast Asia E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com PROGRAMME ACQUISITION CONTACT Pooja Nirmal Kant Director of International Content Sales, Southeast Asia Lai Chink Eng Nazurah Roslan E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com

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Target audience Esports, gaming aficionados, tech-loving fans Channel distribution in Asia

aged 18 to 35 Asia yearsoperates old as the primary segA+E Networks throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million ment with extended viewing targeting whitecumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. collar executives, PMEB, PMETsIndia agedand 25 to *Note: figure above excludes Australia. 45 years old and young families. TechStorm opens up the world of adrenaline charged On-demand services esports, gaming to thrill seekers an exA+E Networks offers a range of and content across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and hilarating door linear to first-hand view of cutting- with the number of hours of content OTT to existing TV channel subscribers edge innovations and varying throughout thetechnology. region. Its content and channels are also offered on a subscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and Apple TV in distribution selected territories in Asia. Channel in Asia TechStorm is widely distributed as a basic Advertising/sponsorship entertainment offer on the region’s leadA+E Networks Asia’s commercial work in partnership with brands and ing, dominant platforms including:teams AIS PLAY agencies to deliver wide variety of multi-platform media solutions from seamChannel 251 and AISaPLAYBOX in Thailand, less programme integration to customised Dialog TV Channel 62 and MyDialog OTT in digital content creation, consumer activations and engaging social campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability Sri Lanka, Singtel TV Channel 260 /media Channel to local TV and international audiences 18 reach and Singtel GO OTT in Singapore, Sirius in a brand safe environment is sought after by advertisers seekingDimsum to interact with active multi-platform audiences. TV Channel 10 in Malaysia, Entertainment in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, First Media 333 and FirstMediaX OTT, TelTrendsChannel & Outlook 2021 komsel’s MAXstream OTT, Genflix OTT and TelWe expect to see the continued growth of kom’s IndiBOX OTT in Indonesia, 4gTV ChanVOD, including premium AVOD services. nel 109 in Taiwan, Cellcard TV OTT, SingMeng TV Channel 251 and Splus mobile TV Locally produced quality content combined in Cambodia. Sky Cable Channel 212, Cablelink Channel 311, Cignal Play OTT and with affordable data will continue to power via Omnicontent Management Inc. across 85 leading MSOs and provincial cable the growth of content consumption. At the same, systems in the Philippines.

select markets will continue to witness resilience of the linear content ecosystem.” Asia focus in 2021

Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

Partnership, value creation, synergies for ourAsiaclients, partners stakeholders” A+E Networks has an increased focus onand creating local productions from Content strategy

the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme Debbie Lee & CEOU.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired offering fromFounder A+E Networks for A+E Networks Asia channels feature a diverse range of programming that is unique andstrategy specially curated for our audiences in Asia. Content A near 100% first and exclusive content on international and Asia’s hottest trendLocal Production ing esports, gaming scene including newest and latest game reviews, behindThrough 2020, Networks was committed tostories producing local productions. the-scenes trueA+E to life stories in esports, inspiring of innovation and startups, In Japan, biggest Tokyo Legacyinand the theatrical release, tailored forour Asian tastetitles and included preferences, available pan-Asia for 360 rights across Sono Otoko Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E all screens. Networks channels this year. Other productions include Back to Nature, which features Japan’s unique pristine nature sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest Local production titles included Backstreet Rookie produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legWe offer original production focusing on pan-Asian esports, gaming scene and endary producer Myeongwoo Lee. Negotiation King topped digital content, avtech-centric stories made for VOD, mobile and streaming platforms. We collaboeraging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series rate across co-productions, commissioned productions and media partnerships is Networks Korea’sand second premium scripted drama featuring Korean and toA+E drive best synergies value. American actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim.

Advertising/sponsorship Asia Focus inAd 2021 Our integrated Sales team specialises in customised branding and market-

“We will continue to create locally360 relevant quality contentIncluding that entertains and ing messages across TechStorm’s media touchpoints. branded inspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, creentertainment, customised sponsorships, segment sponsorships and online, digital ating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In advertising. Regional advertising and marketing partnership opportunities are ofJapan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all fered to brands and advertisers who seek closer connection with their consumers. over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be Trends & Outlook 2021 our ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution The intersection of AI, mixed reality, social in the experience of video media. With ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This gaming, esports video leading the pack. unique proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

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Founded in 2005, THEMA now includes five subsidiaries overseas. The company represents 180 channels and has created strong relations with the main television platforms in Europe, in Asia, in the Middle-East, in Africa and in North America, thanks to its expertise in TV content distribution, TV packaging and marketing strategy. THEMA Asia Pacific distributes a diversified portfolio of linear and on demand content in HD and 4K covering a wide range of thematics, such as Lifestyle, Cinema, Series, Arts, Youth, Music and Sports.

Multicultural

THEMA Asia Pacific 1 North Bridge Road, High Street Centre #06-02 Singapore 179094 T: +65 6734 2400 W: www.thematv.asia

Canal + Myanmar releases its in-house original productions of Burmese contents: movies, series, documentaries produced with talented local producers released every year. M6 INTERNATIONAL: A TV channel which brings together all the best programs of the M6 Group channels. With contents from its renowned channels M6, W9, 6ter, Paris Première and Téva, M6 INTERNATIONAL provides the French speaking population and French expatriates with a variety of high quality contents on Culture, Entertainment, Cooking, Reality TV, News, Politics, Discovery, Life style. SVOD Offer by Studiocanal: A non linear-offer from Studiocanal library targeting the French speaking community with French Movies provided with English Subtitles. A SVOD format of with 60 movies and monthly refresh. Kanal D Drama: The first and only channel that brings together the best Turkish dramas in HD. Kanal D Drama explores universal stories with exceptional characters in fascinating places that inspire, transform, and captivate.

Who’s who...

Alexandre Bac Managing Director Asia Pacific E: alexandre@thematv.com (Based in Singapore) Julia Laude-Bousquet VP Global Marketing E: julia@thematv.com (Based in Paris)

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Alexandre Bac

Insight TV: Global factual entertainment channel with a passion for creating content that takes the viewer on an adventurous journey to explore and interact with stories in 4K and HD. Luxe TV: LUXE.TV HD is pleased to unveil the world of luxury with more than 400 hours of programs, documentaries, reports and top- ics dedicated to the world of luxury and lifestyle.

Julia Laude-Bousquet

FlixSnip

Short form

Flix Snip offers short format, on the go entertainment for people in today’s busy world. Premium multilingual 20 minutes films and series covering thrillers, drama, animation, horror, romance, comedy, and more. Blackpills: More than 50 original short-form series available for mobile and TV. Original and premium ground- breaking series, documentaries and adult animation, Exclusive and premium series.

Nature, Culture and Knowledge

InWild: InWild is all about nature and wildlife from all around the world. Nature and wildlife has always been a bingeable, high-value genre on television. Nature can be exhilarating, beautiful, inspiring, amusing, and emotional. Experience 1000 hours of dynamically scheduled, incredible content. HERITAGE 4K: 100% native 4K breathtaking documentaries focusing on Discovery, Archaeology & Sacred Sites , History & Heritage Sites, Architecture, Culture, Travel & Education. MUSEUM: Museum is the first TV channel entirely dedicated to Art, covering Fine Arts (classic, modern, contemporary), but also Street-Art, Comics, Digital Art, Photography, Video Art, Architecture, Design, Factual entertainment.

INWILD

Kids & Education

A+ Kids TV provides children aged of 3-7 quality, fun and comprehensive programs on learning skills development and preparing to school through multi-platform support and help them to “Grow Smart”

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Mezzo Live HD Gives an access to the greatest international ™ venues from all aroundA+E the world: opera concert Networks is houses, an award-winning global content company consisting halls, festivals, dance theaters jazzworld’s clubs. With around of someand of the most iconic40 and culturally relevant brands in ™ live performances each year, shot exclusively in High defi nimedia, including The HISTORY Channel , Lifetime™, History2™ and ™ ™ tion, and no commercial, Mezzo Live HD brings the best of Crime+Investigation . A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its the international musicportfolio scene. of channels across multiple platforms in Asia Pacific, produces a Stingray iConcerts is thevariety essential televisioncontent destination forand provides digital content capabilities of original series fans of live music who can’t get enough of that front-row for 3rd party partners in the region. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and feeling! Over 500 titles • 10 titles refresh per month branded programming reach more than 340 million households in over Stingray DJazz allows you to experience the world’s major 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users. jazz festivals, famous clubs and intimate concerts. Stingray CMusic is a specialty television channel dedicated to classical and cinematic music videos – a revolutionary of musicdistribution television. in Asia Channel A+E Networks Asia combi- nation in the world Stingray Festival 4K will be awayAsia by massive A+Eblown Networks operatesconcerts throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million 18 Purvis Street by top stadium fillers, must-see theatre productions, colourful cumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. #02-01 sets, beautiful ballet and opera perforfigure above excludes India and Australia. Singapore 188597 circuses, electrifying DJ *Note: mances. home non-stop music videos by toservices Who’s Who... Stingray Now 4K brings On-demand day’s biggest and most popular stars in dazzling 4K Ultra HD. across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and A+E Networks offers a range of content Saugato Banerjee OTT to existing linear TV channel subscribers with the number of hours of content Stingray Naturescape: is a unique channel that combines beauManaging Director, Asia Pacific varying throughout the region. Its content and channels are also offered on a tiful, peaceful scenery fi lmed in 4K Ultra HD, and soundtracks E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com subscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and tailor-made to accompany every moment of your day. John Flanagan Apple TV in selected territories in Asia. General Manager, Japan and Region-

Music App & non-linear al Head of Programming & Marketing Stingray Karaoke: OverAdvertising/sponsorship 13 000 karaoke songs, including toE: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com A+Eclassics, Networks commercial teams work in partnership with brands and day’s hits and yesterday’s in Asia’s all genres. YoungSun Soh agencies to deliver a wide variety Stingray Music: A multiplatform digital music service that of multi-platform media solutions from seamGeneral Manager, Korea & Regional lessmusic programme integration to customised digital content creation, consumer brings to listeners the best for every moment, place Head of Digital Business Development activations and engaging social media campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability and mood; available on TV, mobile and on the web/ over E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com to music reachgenres, local and international audiences in a brand safe environment is sought 2,000 channels in 100s of featuring local and Chris Humphrey after by advertisers seeking to interact with active multi-platform audiences. Head of Production,international Asia Pacific artists, curated by music experts from around the globe. E: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Stingray Qello: DiscoverTrends the world’s largest catalog & Outlook 2021 of conJoyce Lim cert fi lms, award-winning music documentaries, and live Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia We1920s expect to see the continued growth of streaming music events from the to today. E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com VOD, for including premium AVOD services. classical music, it Feryal Hemamda Medici.tv: Online streaming platform Locally produced quality content combined offers the world’s largest VOD catalogue of more than 2,600 Director of Marketing, Digital, with affordable data will continue to power videos with over 150 live performances throughout the year. Communications, Southeast Asia the growth of content consumption. At the same,

select markets will continue to witness resilience E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com of the linear content ecosystem.” TrendsRoseburgh & Outlook 2021 Alistair Director of Operations, Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks The SVOD subscription will continue to boom in Digital Productions, Asia Pacifi c the region, whereas linear model will keep E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com Content strategy evolving with the development FAST. The key focus on creating local productions from A+E Networksof Asia has an increased the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme will be to play with the models to provide the best AD SALES CONTACT offering from A+E Networks U.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired satisfaction Rohit Potphode to the subscribers with the right content.” for A+E Networks Asia channels feature a diverse range of programming that is Head of Ad Sales & Brand Partnerships unique and specially curated for our audiences in Asia. Alexandre Bac, Managing Director Asia Pacifi c E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com Target AFFILIATEAudience SALES CONTACT

Local Production

Through 2020, A+E Networks was committed to producing local productions. Inall Japan, our biggest titles included Tokyo Legacy and the theatrical release, • Our portfolio is addressing all ages groups, audiences. Salawati Mohamed SonoFrench Otoko and Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E • Specificity of our multicultural offers addressing Burman communities. Head of Distribution & Partnership Networks channels this year. Other productions include Back to Nature, which Development, Southeast Asia features Japan’s unique pristine nature sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest Channel E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com titles included Backstreet Rookie produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legBoth linear and on-demand content endary producer Myeongwoo Lee. Negotiation King topped digital content, averaging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series PROGRAMME ACQUISITION CONTACT Content is A+E Networks Korea’s International (Myanmar, Korea, Europe, Middle East, US) second premium scripted drama featuring Korean and Pooja Nirmal producers Kant American actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim. Director of International Content Production Sales, Southeast Asia Focustoinbe 2021 Canal+ Myanmar produces local contents Asia in Myanmar broadcast on their E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com willtalk-shows. continue to createthen locally in-house channels, such as documentaries,“We series, THEMA dis-relevant quality content that entertains and inspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, cretributes them to other platforms in the region. One of the highlight is for instance ating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In the release of Lake Pyar, Season 3. Japan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content Asia focus in 2021 productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be “We will continue to push our current linear and non-linear offering to the marour ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution ket; having new products in our portfolio will certainly open new doors and bring ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This more partnerships and strategic alliances in the region.” unique proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks

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TV5MONDE (The regional Asia-Pacific office) Unit 704-706, 7/F Cyberport 1 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong T: +852 2989 6090 E: asie@tv5monde.com W: asia.tv5monde.com @tv5mondeasiepacifique @TV5MONDEapac @tv5mondeapac

Who’s who...

Alexandre Muller Managing Director Asia-Pacific Karine Schroeder Deputy Managing Director, Head of Marketing & digital content

Dorothee Ulrichs

Dorothee Ulrichs

Alexandre Muller

Karine Schroeder

Affiliate Sales Contact

Nicolas Bence Distribution & Business Development Manager

Linear Television Channels In Asia TV5MONDE broadcasts three 24-hours channels across Asia: TV5MONDE Asie is a general entertainment channel that covers GMT+5 to GMT+8 time zone (Central Asia, Indian subcontinent, Greater China, Southeast Asia) with a free-to-air signal in SD (4:3 ratio) available on AsiaSat-7 and an HD encrypted feed on AsiaSat-5 (16:9 ratio, HD MPEG4 with DVB subtitles in English, French, Vietnamese and Russian). TV5MONDE Pacifique is a general entertainment channel that covers GMT+8 to GMT+12 time zone (North Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands) with one encrypted feed on IntelSat-19 (16:9 ratio, MPEG4 with DVB subtitles in English, French, Japanese and Korean). TV5MONDE Style is a channel entirely dedicated to the “art of living”; The French lifestyle programming covers the whole Asia-Pacific region with one encrypted feed on AsiaSat-5 (16:9 ratio, HD MPEG4 with DVB subtitles in English, traditional and simplified Chinese).

Target Audience The TV5MONDE channels are the meeting points between French culture lovers and French language learners. But globally, our channels are designed for those who want to watch a different kind of TV. There is content for everybody (cinema, drama, documentaries, entertainment, live sports-events and kids programmes)

Asia focus in 2021

Nicolas Bence

Our primary focus will be to maintain the equilibrium between our current pay services and the group’s new global AVOD offering: TV5MONDEplus. We believe that the addition of this AVOD service will serve as a “discoverability” tool to the unique content we have been providing in this region for over 25 years, and will ultimately be beneficial to our existing linear services and partners.” Alexandre Muller, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, TV5MONDE

Advertising All channels provided by TV5MONDE in this region are pay channels and therefore are advertising-free.

Streaming TV5MONDE Asia-Pacific channels are also available through a subscription-based TV everywhere service available on the company local website – apac.tv5monde.com – and via Apps free to download on the Google Play/ Apple local stores. The online OTT service gives access, in all countries of the region, to all three live channels, as well as two dedicated news and kids TVs and a full On Demand service. The interface is available in four languages (French, English, Korean, Japanese) and offers subtitles in French, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, simplified and traditional Chinese. 26

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TV5MONDE is the world’s first French language network, which broadcasts a wide variety of subtitled primetime films and dramas, in-depth coverage of international news, live sports events, highquality documentaries and discovery magazines, kids’ programmes, exciting game shows, etc. TV5MONDE is designed for those who wish to explore a different kind of TV content. In Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE offers three live channels to over 125 million cable, satellite, IPTV homes, a subscription-based TV everywhere and standalone OTT service to 370 million users.


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WarnerMedia is a powerful portfolio of iconic entertainment, news, and sports brands. We bring people, technology and the world’s best storytellers together to drive culture and meaningful connection. www.WarnerMedia.com

WarnerMedia has a presence all around Asia Pacific including: Auckland, Bangkok, Bangalore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.

Our Brands

Names you trust. Content you love.

Who’s who...

Priya Dogra President of EMEA & Asia (excl. China) E: Priya.Dogra@warnermedia.com Adam Presser Head of China, Australia & New Zealand E: Adam.Presser@warnerbros.com Clément Schwebig Head of India, Southeast Asia & Korea E: Clement.Schwebig@warnermedia.com Masami Takahashi Country Manager, Japan E: masami.takahashi@warnerbros.com Gillian Zhao Head of China E: Gillian.Zhao@warnerbros.com Leslie Lee Head – Kids Content (APAC) E: Leslie.Lee@warnermedia.com Ellana Lee SVP & Managing Editor, CNN International E: Ellana.Lee@cnn.com Gregory Ho VP – Corporate Communications & Marketing E: Gregory.Ho@warnermedia.com

We believe the enduring power of stories can open our eyes to the world, to each other, and to new and different perspectives.”

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WarnerMedia’s premier brands and franchises are household names that you know and love. Our brands take pride in bringing our customers the highest-quality content across television, streaming services, movies, news, and sports. With our industry-leading scale, we attract the best talent in media and entertainment.

News

CNN International – CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 475 million households around the globe. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. CNN is at the forefront of digital innovation and continues to invest heavily Kristie Lu Stout on CNN International in expanding its digital global footprint, with a suite of award-winning digital properties and a range of strategic content partnerships, commercialised through a strong data-driven understanding of audience behaviours. Over the years CNN has won multiple prestigious awards around the world for its journalism. Around 1,000 hours of long-form series, documentaries and specials are produced every year by CNNI’s non-news programming division. CNN has 36 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource.

Entertainment

HBO – HBO is the home of the latest movies from major Hollywood and independent studios; award-winning HBO Original series, movies and documentaries; and HBO Asia Originals that tell compelling stories from around the region. HBO and Cinemax programming is also sold into more than 155 countries and territories HBO Asia Original Folklore S2 coming soon worldwide. HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS and HBO SIGNATURE are 24-hour commercial-free premium programming subscription services bringing Asian audiences the best of HBO. CINEMAX is a male-skewed 24-hour commercial-free premium programming subscription service that packs non-stop action, suspense, comedy and sciencefiction movies and series with a bold, honest and unapologetic attitude. Offering non-stop action, suspense, comedy and science-fiction movies and series, CINEMAX keeps viewers on the edge with non-stop adrenaline and heartpumping entertainment.

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A+E Networks™ is an award-winning global content company consisting of some of the world’s most iconic and culturally relevant brands in media, including The HISTORY Channel™, Lifetime™, History2™ and Crime+Investigation™. A+E Networks™ Asia operates and distributes its portfolio of channels across multiple platforms in Asia Pacific, produces a variety of original content series and provides digital content capabilities for 3rd party partners in the region. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 340 million households in over 230 territories in 42 languages and have 500+ million digital users.

Channel distribution in Asia A+E Networks Asia A+E Networks Asia operates throughout Asia-Pacific, reaching 87.2 million 18 Purvis Street cumulative households across pay-TV and on-demand platforms. #02-01 excludes India and Australia. Warner TV offers viewers an unprecedented*Note: mix offigure hit TVabove series and blockbuster Singapore 188597 movies from the legendary Warner Bros. studios. Its line-up boasts the world’s bigOn-demand services gest franchises, and fan-favourites across a wide Who’s Who...first-run exclusives for the region A+E Networks offers a range of content across AVOD, TVOD, FVOD, SVOD and range of Banerjee genres from superhero action and drama, including: DC’s Legends of Saugato OTT to existing linear TV channel subscribers with the number of hours of content Tomorrow, The Flash,Asia Supergirl and Superman & Lois, as well as comedies such as Managing Director, Pacific varying throughout the region. Its content and channels are also offered on a Young Sheldon, Friends and The Big Bang Theory. E: Saugato.Banerjee@aenetworks.com subscription basis on various local and regional OTT platforms such as Hulu and Oh!K is the ultimate Korean entertainment destination, including premium drama John Flanagan Apple TV in selected territories in Asia. series as well as variety and music programming. Powered by major studios General Manager, Japan and Regionincluding one of Korea’s leading broadcasters, Oh!K is available across al Head ofMBC, Programming & Marketing Advertising/sponsorship Southeast Asia and offers first-runs and exclusives, many at the same time as or E: John.Flanagan@aenetworks.com A+E Networks Asia’s commercial teams work in partnership with brands and soon after their debut in Korea. YoungSun Soh agencies to deliver a wide of multi-platform media solutions from seamMONDO TV is Japan’s ultimate entertainment destination featuring an variety adventurGeneral Manager, Korea & Regional less programme integration to customised digital content creation, consumer ous, and humorous programming in full HD spanning sports, cars, games, Headedgy of Digital Business Development activations and engaging social media campaigns. A+E Networks Asia’s ability leisure and everything in between. MONDO TV is “otoko myori” otherwise known E: YoungSun.Soh@aenetworks.com to reach local and international audiences in a brand safe environment is sought as “interesting stuff for men”. Its companion channel is Mondo Mah-Jong TV. Chris Humphrey after by advertisers seeking to interact with active multi-platform audiences. TABI is Japan’s HeadChannel of Production, Asiafavorite Pacific travel and lifestyle channel. It specializes in celebrating amazing journeys, capturing the beauty and wonder of the travel expeE: Chris.Humphrey@aenetworks.com Trends & Outlook 2021 rience. From the unusual to the luxurious, TABI Channel takes viewers on Joyce Lim unforgettable journeys that inspire and mesmerize. Its companion channel is Senior Director of Content, Southeast Asia We expect to see the continued growth of Tabi Tele. E: Joyce.Lim@aenetworks.com VOD, including premium AVOD services. Feryal Hemamda Locally produced quality content combined Kids & Family Director of Marketing, Digital, with affordable data will continue to power Cartoon Network –Southeast Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, Communications, Asia the growth of content consumption. At the same, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning select markets will continue to witness resilience E: Feryal.Hemamda@aenetworks.com global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Teenof Titans Tomcontent and Jerry ecosystem.” and We theGo!, linear Alistair Roseburgh Bare Bears; and Asia Pacific originals including Monster Beach and the InternaDirector of Operations, Lamput. Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks tional Emmy-nominated Digital Productions, Asia Pacifi c The brand is known for putting its fans at the centre of everything by applying E: Alistair.Roseburgh@aenetworks.com strategyCartoon Network creative thinking, fun and innovation acrossContent multiple platforms. A+E apps, Networks Asiaand has streaming an increased also reaches millions more through its websites, games ser- focus on creating local productions from the region, however the majority of its content comes from the vast programme vices including HBO GO. AD SALES CONTACT offering from A+E Networks U.S, exclusive on its channels. All content acquired Boomerang provides light-hearted and fun moments, showcasing a mixture of Rohit Potphode for A+E Networks Asia channels feature a diverse range of programming that is internationally recognised comedy and fantasy series to more than 144 million Head of Ad Sales & Brand Partnerships unique and specially curated for our households worldwide, including 34 million in Asia Pacific. Favourites include Tomaudiences in Asia. E: Rohit.Potphode@aenetworks.com and Jerry, Mr. Bean, Grizzy and the Lemmings, Scooby-Doo, My Little Pony and Local The Looney Tunes Show. A companion channel to Production Cartoon Network, Boomerang Through A+E Networks wasand committed to producing local productions. AFFILIATE SALES CONTACT is a dynamic and quirky place where girls and boys 2020, can be inspired, laugh In Japan, our biggest titles included Tokyo Legacy and the theatrical release, play withMohamed the whole family. Salawati Sono Otoko Tokyo Ni Tsuki. War of Innocents, will premiere globally across A+E POGOof – Catering to & a Partnership generation of kids who bounce higher, play smarter, think Head Distribution Networks channels this year. Other productions include Back to Nature, which louder and dream bigger, POGO is WarnerMedia’s only-for-India kids’ entertainDevelopment, Southeast Asia features uniquefeaturing pristine nature ment network. Launched in 2004, POGO is a leadingJapan’s kids’ channel con- sites and Sado. In 2020, Korea’s biggest E: Salawati.Mohamed@aenetworks.com titles included Backstreet produced by Taewon Entertainment led by legtent that spans multiple genres from comedy and art, to games and Rookie curiosity. The endary producer Myeongwoo Lee. Negotiation King topped digital content, avchannel is home to popular homegrown shows like Chhota Bheem, Super Bheem eraging 4.4M views per episode. In 2021, Dramaworld premieres in Asia. The series PROGRAMME ACQUISITION and Titoo – Har Jawaab Ka CONTACT Sawaal Hu, as well as international hits Grizzy and the is A+E Networks Korea’s second premium scripted drama featuring Korean and Lemmings and Oggy and the Cockroaches. In India, POGO is available in Hindi, Pooja Nirmal Kant American actors Jiwon Ha, Henry Lau and Daniel Dae Kim. Telugu and Tamil. Director of International Content Sales, Southeast Asia Asia Focus in 2021 Streaming Service E: Pooja.NirmalKant@aenetworks.com “We will continue to create locally relevant quality content that entertains and HBO GO – WarnerMedia’s HBO GO is a regional streaming service in Asia. Proinspires our audience in Asia. We will build further upon our success in Korea, cregramming includes a mix of blockbuster movies, dramas and comedies as well ating sought after scripted, unscripted and digital content across the region. In as kids and family content, as well as award-winning HBO Original series, movies Japan we are telling thought-provoking stories that captivate HISTORY fans all and documentaries, and HBO Asia Originals which tell compelling stories from over the world. In Southeast Asia, we are working on a variety of original content around the region. This is supplemented by exclusive, first-run content from major productions both for linear and our digital platforms. Our strength continues to be Hollywood and independent studios that offers a mix of originals and acquired our ability as a multi-location business to partner with the creation and distribution content – including kids content from Cartoon Network, HBO Max and Warner ecosystem in bringing the best of A+E’s global IP with relevant local content. This Bros. – available to download or stream anytime, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, HBO GO uniqueanywhere. proposition provides valuable benefits and opportunities to our clients and partners.” – Saugato Banerjee, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, A+E Networks C

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Unequal opportunities While no-one pretends the big-screen movie experience can be replicated outside of cinemas, there’s no getting away from the opportunities – good and bad – laid bare by the pandemic-enforced shift in-home and the stratospheric leap in streaming activity. In the latest of an occasional series about the tech behind the evolving in-home entertainment experience and environment and what it means, ContentAsia spoke to Arivan Govindan, Synamedia Asia Pacific’s head of new business. From a platform perspective, are the security implications different as a result of the higher value of streaming services? “Pirates zero in on where there is money to be made. As OTT providers are increasingly acquiring the rights for premium live sports and movie premieres, they are becoming major targets. Streaming apps are particularly vulnerable to attack, which intensifies the threat as more and more viewers are using mobile devices for OTT viewing. The challenge is made harder because pirates are using highly sophisticated technologies and are nimble enough to move quickly to avoid detection. Today they use apps such as Telegram to share, exchange and sell stolen premium content, as well as the dark web to share and sell OTT subscribers’ stolen credentials. But they are nimble enough to switch quickly to other distribution methods in this game of cat and mouse.” Have you noticed any changes in the way rights holders are thinking about security? “The sheer scale of streaming piracy poses a real threat to the value of sports and movie rights. When OTT providers come to negotiate exclusive rights with rights owners for a particular country or region that has been impacted by piracy, they will not want to pay premium rates if guarantees on exclusivity cannot be made. Mandating

We’ve noticed a sharp uptick in investment by pirate networks... many even have their own customer service teams.”

that OTT providers adopt anti-piracy technologies, such as watermarking to protect content, is important. But rights holders need to go much further, collaborating more closely with the wider ecosystem – including

Arivan Govindan, Head of New Business, Synamedia Asia Pacific

technology vendors, payment platforms, advertising agencies and law enforcement agencies – to avoid the large-scale erosion of rights val-

such an impressive façade, it’s understandable that many consumers

ues over time. Deploying a blend of anti-piracy measures that combine

are fooled into thinking these services are legal. And because pirate net-

data-driven detection methods with human intelligence and monitoring

works are unencumbered by content rights and other costs, they can

services is the way forward.”

easily undercut on price. To survive and thrive, legitimate OTT platforms should adopt the latest generation of intelligence-driven anti-piracy ser-

Are the security threats bigger in the new streaming environment?

vices that can demonstrate a ROI on their anti-piracy spend.”

“Streaming piracy is now on an industrial scale. A case in point was Disney+’s streaming of the live-action remake of Mulan, which became

Should platforms be thinking differently if their main audience is in-home

the most pirated movie in the world during its launch weekend last Sep-

rather than theatrical? “Content is still king but with competition for view-

tember. The revenue leakage around this movie alone has been sub-

ers at an all-time high, even studios with D2C platforms and a loyal fol-

stantial, demonstrating that speed and scale are required to combat

lowing will need to refine and personalise the user experience to boost

these threats. Our anti-piracy experts have noticed a sharp uptick in

engagement. Previously they captured data on the box-office success

investment by pirate networks to make their platforms look legitimate.

of theatre releases, but now that movies go straight to streaming they

They’re adopting the latest technologies, spinning up sophisticated user

need insights to predict which content will play out best to which audi-

interfaces, and working with brand-name payment platforms and cloud

ences – and how to promote it to maximise ROI. By extracting insights

providers; and many even have their own customer service teams. With

from behavioral and viewing data, platforms can now do this.”

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