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Kenneth Tan joins MDA as Chief Operating Officer

Dated: 19 March 2008

Former Golden Village Managing Director to head the Singapore Film Commission Singapore, 19 March 2008 –The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kenneth Tan to its senior management team as Chief Operating Officer (MDA) and Director, Singapore Film Commission (SFC). Mr Tan replaces outgoing SFC Director Mr Man Shu Sum.

The former managing director of Golden Village Singapore and current Chairman of the Singapore Film Society is an avid champion of local films. During his time at Golden Village, he provided several independent local feature productions with opportunities for commercial release at Golden Village cinemas. Prior to his position at Golden Village, Mr Tan, 43, was the Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp Radio and Chief Operating Officer of MediaCorp TV.

He also chairs the Promote Mandarin Council and Advisory Committee of the School of Film &Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In addition, he sits on the boards of several academic and cultural institutions.

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr Tan will oversee MDA’s efforts in ensuring that it continues to provide its partners and clients with highly effective and efficient services that are geared towards operational excellence. His empathy for the local film-making sector coupled with his years of international business experience will help to grow our film-making talents.

"We're very pleased to welcome Kenneth on board. His arrival will help us accelerate the pace of our industry development and promotion efforts regionally and internationally, and help groom our creative talents to make a mark in our budding film-making industry," said Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, MDA. "His rich industry experience and strong business ties will improve the reach and relevance of Made-by-Singapore media content, products and services for local and international audiences and provide greater impetus to our drive to make Singapore the media gateway between Asia and the world.”

On his appointment, Mr Tan said: “I am honoured and excited to become part of the MDA vision and team at this significant juncture of Singapore’s development as a media hub. I look forward to drawing upon my industry experience and passion to add as much value as I can to our concerted national effort to etch Singapore’s place on the world media map even more deeply.”

Mr Tan joins MDA on 2 May 2008.

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Batchelor
Assistant Manager, Communications
Media Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 6837 9957

Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote developments in film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation, media services and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit and

Singapore Film Commission (SFC)
The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) is an agency under the Media Development Authority (MDA) which facilitates and assists in film development for Singapore. The SFC’s key areas of focus are: Funding, Facilitation and Promotion. Its mission is to nurture, support, and promote Singapore talent in film-making, the production of Singapore films, and a film industry in Singapore. For more information, please visit