APOS 2018 to focus on India as a key market

MUMBAI: The Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS), which will kick-off on 24 April, will have India as one of the focus markets in addition to Australia, Japan, and Philippines. Organised by Media Partners Asia (MPA), the trade event runs in Bali, Indonesia from 24-26 April.

One session looks at how online retail major and content creator Amazon is working with content partners in India and Japan to reach its target audience. The session explores the dynamics, data, and audiences that drive these partnerships in these two cornerstone markets and how Amazon plans to navigate competition for content, talent and consumer spend. The panelists are Amazon Prime Video, Asia-Pacific head of content James Farrell, Excel Entertainment co-founder, film producer Ritesh Sidhwani and Yoshimoto Kogyo co-president, COO Akihiko Okamoto.

Another session is called ‘India In The Age of Digital Convergence’. Competitive forces are on the move in India, as OTT and digital video proliferates, cable digitalisation enters its final stages, DTH consolidates and IP owners focus on new options for growth. Key players review the road ahead. The speakers are Hathway Cable And Datacom MD Rajan Gupta, Tata Sky MD, CEO Harit Nagpal, and Viacom18 group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

Another session will look at the next step in Discovery’s evolution. Having completed its acquisition of Scripps, the Q&A with Discovery Networks International president, CEO Jean-Briac Perrette will look at how can Discovery – one of the world’s largest real-world entertainment content providers – compete, monetise and scale in the global digital video marketplace, including China, India and Asia Pacific?

Another session looks at the progress that YouTube is making in Asia. YouTube’s prominent role in distributing and monetising online video content has placed the platform center-stage in the ongoing debate about digital disruption and transformation. The session looks at what’s next for the streaming giant in key Asia Pacific markets such as India, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia, where it forms the bedrock of new digital video ecosystems? The speaker is YouTube MD, Asia Pacific Partnerships and Operations Gautam Anand.

On the OTT front in one session players outline their future roadmaps as they look to deepen their digital footprint and build long-term businesses in OTT for the future. The speakers are Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan, Hulu Japan chief content officer Kazufumi Nagasawa and SK Telecom senior VP, head of Oksusu Jong-won Kim.

Another session gets key investors in the Asian media and entertainment landscape to share their views. What does value look like in an age of digital disruption, startup bubbles, over-leverage and a global land grab between US and China? What role do strategic players and private equity play in emerging markets? We look at partnerships, returns and real value across content, infrastructure, networks, and technology. The speakers are Axiata Group Strategic Advisor to Group CEO Nick Swierzy, Emerald Media MD Paul Aiello, Mizuho Bank head of Technology, Media And Telecom, Asia Sander Hamersma and TPG Capital senior advisor David Goldstein.

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