IP distribution in the time of Covid; Distributors talk about their new realities in Asia
Distributors across Asia are loving and/or loathing their new realities, telling ContentAsia that while some platforms in the region are scrambling to fill slates with acquisitions while original production restarts, others have retreated behind their masks, pulling the covers over their heads, postponing deals and holding their breath while they ride out the pandemic. The full story is on page 6 of ContentAsia’s latest newsletter.
Change massively overdue, Disney’s Shankar says; muscle memory & inertia must go
Media was massively overdue for a change before Covid-19 hit; cash has become a substitute for creative ingenuity in content creation leading to impossible breakeven points; there’s no saying how many businesses will take advantage of opportunities opening up post-pandemic; and streaming is the future of television, The Walt Disney Company APAC president and chairman, Star & Disney India, Uday Shankar, told delegates at Media Partners Asia’s APOS virtual event last week. The full story is on page 5.StarHub boss exits end-Oct after 2 years; Peter K returns to Sydney, cites family health reasons
StarHub chief executive Peter Kaliaropoulos is stepping down at the end of October after a little more than two years in the role. Kaliaropoulos cited serious health-related matters of a close family member and said, after 40 years in the industry across multiple countries, he would be retiring and moving back to Sydney. The Singapore telco has launched a global hunt for his replacement. The full story is on page 6.