ATF 2018 unveils the first batch of keynotes and speakers

The Asia TV Forum and Market (ATF) has lately announced the first batch of keynotes to appear at the ATF Leaders’ Summit 2018 that will take place on 4 December.

Themed ‘The Next New’, the day promises to deliver forward-looking strategies and features prominent players in the industry.

ATF and ScreenSingapore group project director Yeow Hui Leng commented, “As Asia’s leading media and entertainment content conference, ATF is dedicated to gathering the global industry’s brightest, for knowledge exchange and vision-casting. With well-established veterans addressing ‘The Next New’, attendees of the ATF Leaders’ Summit will certainly gain insight into solutions for creative challenges and discover ingenious business models.”

Among the keynotes, QYOU CEO and co-­founder Curt Marvis, a company which licenses, curates, packages and distributes premium digital first short form videos. With programming distributed on six continents to millions of customers, QYOU is emerging as a leader in the rapidly expanding global distribution of premium short-form video.

Marvis previously served as Lionsgate’s president of digital media, where he helped guide the company’s broad spectrum of digital distribution agreements. In addition, while at Lionsgate, Marvis successfully launched original content channels, series and games in partnership with YouTube, Hulu and Machinima, which formed the basis of the digitally distributed series that are being developed by major studios today.

QYOU India media industry advisor and non-executive chairman Andy Kaplan will also be taking to the stage during the Summit. Kaplan is the former president of Sony Pictures Television Networks and led Sony’s global television networks and related investments, with over 180 channel feeds reaching nearly two billion subscribers.

QYOU Media, is growing its operations in India following the successful launch of QYOU India on Tata Sky, by adding a block of new content partnerships. Rebranding as Q India, the company’s localised service also launched on Jio TV, India’s fastest growing mobile service with 168 million subscribers.

The rise of India has put the sub-continent as a priority on many players’ list, including ATF which curated its inaugural kids’ programming Summit in Hyderabad on 31 August 2018.

This year’s ATF Leaders’ Summit will also see stage presence of heavyweights including Turner Asia Pacific president Ricky Ow, Twitter (APAC) head of sports partnerships Aneesh Madan, GBH Insights chief strategy officer and head of technology research Daniel Ives, HOOQ  CEO Peter Bithos,  Philippines’ TV5  president and CEO Vincent Reyes.

ATF’s Content Connection Day (5 December), as well as its Production Day (6 December), will also see K7 Media managing director Keri Lewis Brown, taking the stage for the highly popular session where the top fresh content from Asia is revealed. ATF is co-located with ‘ScreenSingapore’ and is part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF).