Singapore Media Festival launches inaugural Media International Advisory Council

Last updated: 02 December 2019

Published on: 02 December 2019

Council chaired by Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Mr S Iswaran to bolster thought leadership in the region

SINGAPORE – 2 December 2019: The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) today announced the launch of the Media International Advisory Council (IAC), which gathers top international industry leaders from the media sector to exchange views and develop insights to the rapidly evolving media landscape, and discuss how policy makers and industry players could work together to increase the vibrancy of the industry in Southeast Asia. To be convened annually in Singapore as part of the Singapore Media Festival, the first Council meeting was held today to exchange views and develop insights on how the region’s media companies can respond to the rapidly evolving media landscape.

The media sector in Asia is fast developing, with content investment expected to reach US$4.4 billion by 2024. The set-up of the Council is timely to provide critical insights on potential opportunities for Singapore and the region to play a relevant and more significant role in the changing global media industry. Comprising global media industry leaders, the Council offers their expertise to help companies forge new models of partnership, content creation and financing to seize the rising opportunities in Asia.

The inaugural Council, chaired by Minister S Iswaran, consists of 11 members who have been appointed by IMDA for a period of two years. The members are:

  • Mr Alvin W. Sariaatmadja, President Director, PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk (Emtek)
  • Mr Bill Holmes, Chief Business Development Officer, Netflix
  • Mr Chase Carey, CEO and Executive Chairman, Formula One Group
  • Mr Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, ONE Championship
  • Dr Gong Yu, Founder and CEO, iQIYI
  • Ms Janice Lee, Managing Director, PCCW Media Group
  • Mr Joe Ravitch, Co-Founder and Partner, Raine Group LLC
  • Mr Li Ruigang, Chairman and CEO, CMC Capital Group
  • Mr Robert Gilby, Founder and CEO, Blue Hat Ventures
  • Mr Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Co. (APAC)
  • Mr Vivek Couto, Executive Director, Media Partners Asia

The inaugural Media IAC was held at Marina Bay Sands as part of the Singapore Media Festival which takes place from 21 November to 8 December, and gathers thought leaders, content creators and talents from the global film, television, digital media and pop culture industries to celebrate the best of Asian storytelling. For more information, visit


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About the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit or follow IMDA on Facebook and Twitter @IMDAsg.

About the Singapore Media Festival (SMF)

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, is one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 21 November to 8 December 2019, the Singapore Media Festival brings together the Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). VidCon Asia Summit will also be held in conjunction with SMF. For more information about the Singapore Media Festival, please visit

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