The Singapore Media Festival advisory board, made up of global media professionals particularly from the Asia-Pacific region, will provide guidance and advice to MDA and its partners and help chart the roadmap for SMF.
Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company South East Asia
“The Singapore Media Festival has greatly deepened the pool of investment opportunities for media players, establishing itself as a key connector and platform for global media players venturing into Asia, and for Asian media professionals going global. Our stronger focus on the impact of digital technology on media at this year's SMF harnessed synergies between the various media sectors and created opportunities for collaborations and partnerships across the Film, TV and Digital Content sectors.”
- Robert Gilby
Based in Singapore, Robert Gilby leads all Disney businesses across Southeast Asia. He plays a critical role for the expansion of Disney’s content distribution business through collaborative partnerships with broadcast, platform and digital partners across the Asia Pacific region. His focus is on building Disney’s portfolio of leading brands such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel & Star Wars across its film, television, consumer products, and interactive media businesses, and to connect fans with Disney’s branded experiences, stories and characters. Robert has served on the Board of Directors of CASBAA in the Asia Pacific region, The Movie Network Channels in Australia and UTV Software in India. A qualified Chartered Accountant and Strategy Consultant by background, he started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entertainment & Media group and worked with them in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Content & Innovation
Info-communications Media Development Authority
Angeline Poh leads the planning and operations of IMDA's industry development efforts to build a vibrant media sector comprising the film, broadcast, animation, interactive media, games and publishing industries. Prior to this, Angeline was the Managing Director of McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) ), where she led the growth and digital transformation of the company’s business in Asia across the Higher Education, School & English Language Training as well as Professional & Medical Lines of Business. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Angeline was the Economic Development Board’s Director leading the Planning Division which spearheaded corporate-wide strategy development, implementation and performance management; as well as the Research & Statistics Unit responsible for economic research and forecasting. Prior to this, she led the InfoComms & Media Cluster which experienced significant sector-wide growth, including the introduction and development of the Interactive & Digital Media industry.
Chief Executive Officer, Fly Entertainment
Irene manages Singapore’s first and reputed to be the largest artiste management agency, FLY Entertainment. She was nominated as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and named Top 25 Most Powerful Businesswomen of 2008 by The Executive Magazine. Irene Ang is also a household name in Singapore, well-loved by the Singaporean audience for her TV roles and comedic acting. She was awarded best comedy performance at the 2014 Asian Television Awards for her role in MediaCorp’s sitcom Spouse for House.
Chief Executive Officer, Golden Village (GV)
Clara took over the leadership of Singapore’s largest cinema exhibitor Golden Village (GV) in March 2013, and became the first female head of the organisation and the first to rise to the top position from within. With 19 years of experience in GV, Clara consistently injects new and exciting product types into GV’s business - from theatre content and F&B offerings to superior customer touch points and cutting edge cinema technology for an enhanced movie experience.
President, Tribal Worldwide Asia
Jeff Cheong is the President of Tribal Worldwide Asia, an award-winning digital marketing agency with over 550 talents in the region. He is also responsible for the 105-strong operation in the Singapore hub office. Since 1996, Jeff has evolved from a graphic designer to an ad man to a digital native and became a key business driver for DDB Group Worldwide. He has placed the agency in pole position since 2010 and created an innovation hub in Singapore with a team of 35 technologists. Jeff has consulted for global brands like Unilever, Exxon, Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Uniqlo, McDonald's and Singapore Airlines. Locally, his notable works are seen in Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore Memory Project, The Future of Us and most recently the integrated campaigns for Pioneer Generation and MediShield Life.
Chief Executive Officer, Salto Films
Shanty Harmayn is an Indonesian film producer based in Singapore and Jakarta. She established Jakarta based Salto Films in 1998 and co-founded the Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest) in 1999. Some of the company’s accolades include award-winning Indonesian films such as Sang Penari (2011) by Ifa Isfansyah - Best Indonesian Film 2011, The Photograph by Nan Achnas - Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2008, and Garuda Di Dadaku, a children soccer box office hit film. In 2012, she established Kawi Content with Tanya Yuson that develops and manages Asian-based intellectual properties.
Chief Executive Officer, Emperor Motion Pictures
Albert Lee is an active member of the Hong Kong film industry, representing Emperor on the Boards of Hong Kong’s Chamber of Films and Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association, as well as one of the International Advisors of the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). He is a member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee, and has served on the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) since 2006. He is also a member of the China Film Association, and a Brisbane-based Asia Pacific Screen Academy.
Founder and Principal Consultant, QED Consulting
A veteran in digital marketing and pioneer in social media marketing, Mr Lim is advisor and strategist to some of the world’s leading businesses and brands, and has trained over 3,000 marketing professionals from Fortune 500 companies and government organisations across the ASEAN region. Prior to joining QED, he founded Blugrapes in 2006 and led his team to be recognised by the Marketing Magazine as a top three social media agency since 2012.
Man Shu Sum
Associate Director of Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
Chief of Jury Asian TV Awards
Man Shu Sum is a veteran of the Singapore media industry. Aside from being the Chief Jury of Asian TV Awards, and Associate Director of Academy of Film Hong Kong Baptist University, Man Shu Sum is also the Chairman of Singapore’s Work Development Authority Media and Communications Sector and a Visiting Professor of Sun Yat-Sen University. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in changing Singapore’s media landscape. Previously Man Shu Sum was also CEO of Mark Burnett Productions and Managing Director of Mediacorp Raintree Pictures where he focused on producing and investing in television and film content for the Asia market.
Marketing Director, Unilever International
Aseem Puri has 10 years of experience in creating disruptive online and offline campaigns across the world. He has won numerous awards including World CMO Council Award and his campaigns have won Effies, APPIES and other awards. Aseem is the founder of Digital Jedi, Asia’s leading digital marketing training program. He has facilitated over 100 workshops with over 5,000 attendees across Asia and Europe. He has successfully trained Fortune 500 Marketers, leading agency teams, local brands and start-ups in the art and science of digital marketing.
Chief Executive Officer, HBO Asia
Jonathan Spink has over 26 years of experience in the pay-television industry. He is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia, and fronted the growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services including HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, HBO DEFINED and HBO GO, HBO ON DEMAND, CINEMAX and RED. Under his leadership, HBO Asia co-produced its first film Dead Mine, Serangoon Road - an original ten-part detective noir drama series and Grace - a four-part hour-long horror mini-series. The company also became the exclusive distributing agent for BabyFirst in Asia-Pacific.
Chang Long Jong
Chief Executive Officer, mm2 Asia
Chang Long Jong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) from Nanyang Technological Institute in 1985 , and started with an administrative job with Mediacorp (then named Singapore Broadcasting Corporation). Chang played key roles in many milestones of the industry, including the launch of Mediacorp’s Star Search programme in 1988, as well as the development and expansion of local drama productions. Under his leadership, exports of Singapore-made dramas and programmes were made through licensing, distribution and co-productions across Southeast Asia and in countries such as China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Chang had held the dual role of Mediacorp’s deputy CEO and Chief Customer Officer, while also leading the company’s events business arm, Vizpro, and its training business, Singapore Media Academy. Chang has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for mm2 Asia, where he will be responsible for overseeing and managing the business operations, especially the production division, as well as sourcing new business opportunities for the group.