Asia Video Summit 2023
20-21 June 2023, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

The Asia Video Summit is the flagship conference held by the Asia Video Industry Association each year. After several years away, we are delighted to have returned to Hong Kong. Hong Kong remains a key media marketplace and provides a unique perspective on the industry – closer to the disparate trends of greater China, closer to Northeast Asia, and still interested in developments in South and Southeast Asia.

We pride ourselves on debate and discussion. This is not a conference where we speak at you, it is a conference where we come together and ask the questions that are on everyone’s minds. We represent so many different ecosystems within the video industry and we bring them all together for this event – TV & streaming; FTA & Pay; Advertising & Affiliate; Telco & Technology, Policy & Piracy; Content & Creators.

The goal of the Asia Video Summit is to look at the big issues that are shaping the development of the video industry. Each year we try to identify the key themes that can tell the story of what is happening across the region.

The Five Key Themes for AVS2023 were:

  • The Making of Korea and the Model for Who’s Next?  – The explosive success of the Korean content industry, both music and video, was not the chance success that much of the world sees it to be. We will look back to understand what it took to create this success and what lessons other markets can learn as they try to launch waves of their own.

  • Video at the Crossroads – Gaming, social media, creator and UGC, experience-based entertainment and e-Commerce – these are all now mega-industries, in some cases dwarfing the curated video industry in size and scale. Can we co-exist with these other industries? Do they present opportunities to be harnessed, or are we the opportunity to be harnessed by them?

  • The State of Video 2023 –  There is a real sense of sobriety in the video industry in 2023. Did the boom happen during the pandemic and is this now the bust? Or have priorities simply shifted with bottom line now trumping top line? Each part of the ecosystem we know as the video industry will be examined, from broadcaster to streamer, pay TV platform to telco.

  • The Advance of Advertising – How can advertisers leverage streaming, CTV and linear TV to reach and engage audiences? How does CTV, OTT and mobile offer new opportunities and challenges for advertisers and content providers alike? And how is programmatic evolving to meet the needs of the video industry?

  • Technology Taking Over – It is hard not to feel that technology really is about to take over. We sit at the cusp of what many believe will be the single biggest technological evolution since the development of the internet. AI is here and it is a reality. What does and what will AI mean for the video industry? And before AI disrupts the video industry along with every other industry, what are the latest developments with cloud services, payment services, personalisation and discovery algorithms?


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Day 1


Welcome Remarks by Emcee + Opening Remarks by AVIA CEO

John Dykes, Sports Broadcaster

Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


Which Line Matters Most – Top or Bottom?

With so much talk about cost savings, it does appear as though the focus has very much shifted to the bottom line. Is this one of the pressure points of an industry in transition, and one where both the costs and margins continue to change dramatically? In this opening session we look at the trends that are shaping the industry in 2023.

Henry Tan, Special Adviser, Astro & Chairman, Astro Awani
Vivek Couto, Executive Director, Media Partners Asia
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA

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Story of How the Wave was Launched

We take it as read that Korea is a content powerhouse. But how did it happen? In this panel, we want to uncover the 20-year journey to dominance and as everyone strives to be the next Korea, what does it take to get there, and how easy will it be to emulate for markets around the region that want their content to be noticed both at home and abroad?

Peter Choe, Founder & CEO, Blintn
Hyun Park, Producer and Advisor, Studio Dragon
Jeeyoung Lee, GM, Korea, Warner Bros. Discovery
With Gregory Ho, Senior Advisor, AVIA

11:05 Coffee Break  

The Future of Chinese Entertainment

For years Hong Kong was the Asian content powerhouse, but the meteoric rise of Korean drama, itself influenced by Chinese dramas, has changed the landscape. What can Hong Kong and Chinese producers learn from this Korean success, and does it make it harder or easier for Chinese content to shine again?

Lesley Simpson, Country Head, WeTV and iflix Indonesia
Desmond Chan, Deputy GM, Legal and International Operations, TVB
SK Cheong, Vice Chairman, ViuTV
With Marianne Lee, Chief of Content Acquisition and Development, Viu


Thailand’s Time

Of all the countries that are mentioned as the next Asian success story, Thailand regularly features at the top of the list. Thai storylines continue to evolve, gaining ground on platforms and channels outside its local market. What has Thailand been doing to prepare for this day and what do they need to do to ensure that this undoubted potential is fulfilled?

Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, Chief Content Strategy, Investment & Partnership Officer, CP Group and True Corporation
Prof Pirongrong Ramasoota, Commissioner, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
(NBTC), Thailand
With John Medeiros, Senior Consultant, AVIA

12:50 Morning Poll Questions

Why are Video Companies Turning to Gaming?

OTT and gaming have similar DNA, based around the art of story telling. Except, the thing about gaming is you can be the star of the show, and it is down to you when you get killed off. Are these two industries becoming closer, both in technology but also in the stories they tell? And increasingly will we see them as two sides of the same coin, with
platforms dedicated not to one or the other, but to both?

William Wong, Head of Solutions Engineering, HK, Akamai Technologies
Kaushik Moitra, Partner, Bharucha & Partners
Jil Bausa-Go, Head of Broadcast and Publishing Business Group, Kroma Entertainment
Tony Qiu, SVP, Head of Commercial, Western Pacific, Warner Bros. Discovery
With Virat Patel, MD, Pioneer Consulting Asia-Pacific


Monetization of Video

From studios to rights owners, independent content creators and influencers, everyone is looking to monetize video and attract investment. Whether it is branded content, product placement, live e-commerce, gamification, transactional video or fan engagement & loyalty programmes, what are the latest trends and challenges? And are there opportunities to cross-pollinate successful models across different sectors of the video eco-system?

Yew Weng Soo, Senior Sales Director, APAC & ME, Endeavor Streaming
Michele Schofield, SVP Commercial, Viddsee
Ivy Wong, CEO, VS Media

With Gregory Ho, Senior Advisor, AVIA


What Does AI Mean for All of Us?

A generation ago the video industry jumped on the 3D bandwagon only to realise it was HD that was about to provide the revolution. Has history repeated itself with the metaverse and AI? But what will AI mean for the video industry; for the way we will go about our lives; and ultimately for the future of humanity? This is a change that feels more
profound than anything we have seen since the advent of the world wide web.

Vikram Tanna, CEO, Eros Now | Mzaalo


Revolutionizing the Creative Process: How AI-Powered Tools are Changing the Game in Hollywood and Beyond

From machine learning to deep learning, as cutting-edge technologies evolve, so do the techniques of how movies are made. With the help of AI, filmmakers can now automate many aspects of the creative process, saving time and reducing costs without replacing human talent. From virtual humans to Thanos-like performances, AI is opening up
new possibilities for creating blockbusters that were once only accessible to a select few.

Daniel Seah, CEO, Digital Domain Holdings

15:40 Coffee Break  

AI and Video

In the context of the video industry, what exactly do we mean by AI as opposed to other forms of technological innovation we have increasingly become accustomed to? Are we already seeing AI technologies being deployed or is this yet to come? What are the applications from content creation, editing, visual effects and copyright, and what do
they presage for the industry?

Mani Pathang Eswaran, COO, Benchmark Broadcast Systems
Daniel Seah, CEO, Digital Domain Holdings
Vikram Tanna, CEO, Eros Now | Mzaalo
With James Taylor, Head of Cloud, Ideal Systems Group


Content Distribution – The Past and the Future

In a world of linear TV and OTT, growing CTV adoption and the potential of FAST, how do we get content from point A
to point B? How is the world of content distribution changing? How are organisations continuing to innovate the way
content (live and VOD) is created and distributed in the cloud? Do we simply take cloud technology for granted now? Is there anything the cloud cannot do?

David Couret, Director of Technical Solutions for Distribution, France 24
Keith Huang, Head of Technology, Ecosystem and OTT, HKT Limited

James Taylor, Head of Cloud, Ideal Systems Group
With Virat Patel, MD, Pioneer Consulting Asia-Pacific

17:15 Noon Poll Results + End of Summit Day 1




Day 2


Welcome Remarks by Emcee + Priorities for Streamers

What are the pressing concerns for the streaming community? From content investment, localisation and subscription
growth to an increased focus in advertising, how do you manage and grow a successful streaming business in 2023?

Ana Bautista, Research and Strategy Director, Asia, BBC Studios
Kelvin Yau, VP and Head of Asia Pacific, iQIYI International
Catherine Park, SVP and Head of Streaming and Regional Lead for Asia, Paramount
Clarissa Tanoesoedibjo, MD, Vision+
With Gregory Ho, Senior Advisor, AVIA


Television – Changing but Still Matters

Streaming may still be where a lot of the big bets are being placed but when it comes to revenue, TV still dwarfs streaming in most markets. So, what do the fortunes of linear TV look like and how does TV maintain its place in a digital world?

Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat
Mike Kerr, MD Asia, beIN Asia Pacific
Derek Choi, MD, HKT Home Group, HKT Limited
Stéphane Le Dreau, SVP, Regional General Manager APAC, NAGRA
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA

11:15 Morning Poll Results + Coffee Break

What it Takes to be a Local Hero

When it comes to local content, who does it better than the local platforms? Until recently, nobody, but in this age of streaming, international players are competing more than ever before in this domain. So how do these dynamics play
out and how are local platforms securing their futures?

Sutanto Hartono, MD, EMTEK, CEO, SCM, CEO, Vidio
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


Competing with the Hollywood Big Boys – Media Streaming 102

The advent of global streamers has disrupted the traditional “TV” players, pay-TV operators and broadcast television networks, forcing them to explore new business opportunities and to embrace streaming as well. What were the forces behind these changes, and how are they competing with global streaming services to keep viewers engaged? What challenges do they face as they embark on platform refreshment projects, and where can they add value to their pay-TV platforms and streaming services they own and/or carry?

Miguel Bielich, Global Director of Product Marketing, Irdeto
With Gregory Ho, Senior Advisor, AVIA

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12:50 Polling Results Lunch Break

Is This the Year of CTV?

For decades, up to and including today, the television set has been the primary entertainment device in the house. Smart TVs have been around for years but are we now at a watershed moment where those TVs are really being plugged in and both the consumer and the industry is harnessing the power of the connected television?

Gavin Buxton, MD Asia, Magnite
Luke Smith, Head of Programmatic Sales & Audiences, Seven West Media
Douglas Choy, GM of Inventory Development, The Trade Desk
With Jil Bausa-Go, Head of Broadcast and Publishing Business Group, Kroma Entertainment


Advertising in Premium Video Environment

Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


Is Programmatic the Answer in a Premium Environment?

Internet advertising is programmatic native, but for TV publishers, it is learned behaviour. Is programmatic fulfilling
its potential in the video world? Can it move up the value chain and not just deliver advertising more efficiently, but help maximise the revenue potential of all inventories?


Raj Parekh, Lead, Digital Sales, Mediacorp
Emily Yri, VP, International Marketing, PubMatic
Lesley Simpson, Country Head, WeTV and iflix Indonesia
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


Unveiling the Potential, Challenges & Benefits of Cross-Platform Addressable Ads – An Indonesian Case Study

Addressable advertising is the future but how does this game changing technology actually make it more effective and efficient for advertisers to engage audiences? What are the potential benefits and challenges of cross platform addressable ad technology? And how does it deliver greater insights, boost operational efficiency, and generate new revenue?

With Ann-Chatrine Hellstrand, Account Director, INVIDI

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15:50 Coffee Break  

The Economics of FAST

Free ad-supported channels (FAST) are constantly talked about and becoming big business in other regions. But are they viable across the many disparate markets that constitute Asia? What are the prospects of FAST channels in this region?

Jay Ganesan, SVP, APAC, Amagi
Sophia Yuen, Head of Video and Audio, APAC, Bloomberg Media
Clem Birdsall, Senior Publisher and Platform Director – APAC, Publica
With Emily Yri, VP, International Marketing, PubMatic


Closing Market Overview

Bringing the Asia Video Summit to a close and looking at where our industry finds itself at the mid of 2023, AVIA’s board members will wrap things up with a discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and how trends that we have been seeing will continue to disrupt and change the way we see the Asian video industry.

Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat
Phil Hardman, SVP & General Manager, Asia, Global Distribution, BBC Studios
Desmond Chan, Deputy GM, Legal and International Operations, TVB
Alexandre Muller, MD APAC, TV5MONDE
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA

17:20 Closing Remarks