Silverman to headline CASBAA conference
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 04 July 2012, 11:08 AM (HKT)
Ben Silverman (pictured), the iconic US producer and TV entrepreneur, has been set as the keynote speaker at the annual pay-TV industry convention held by the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA).
The high-powered annual event will again be held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong with dates confirmed as 29 Oct to 1 Nov.
Silverman has had a glittering career that included senior positions at William Morris Associates and NBC Entertainment. He founded TV production company Reveille and executive produced successful shows including The Office, The Tudors, The Biggest Loser and Ugly Betty. In 2009 he quit NBC to form new media venture Electus, which is backed by Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp. It aims to produce and distribute content across TV, web and mobile devices and create "a new form of advertising network in coordination with traditional and new-media outlets."
Topics covered at the four day conference include "redefining TV models, the changing modes of media consumption, the impact of over-the-top and digital terrestrial television services, the importance of localised content, socialising TV, and the challenges of regulating an increasingly competitive set of technologies and industries," according to CASBAA.
The conference will also present country focuses ("market watches") on Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Other speakers include David Zaslav (Discovery Communications), Gerhard Zeiler (Turner Broadcasting System International), Robert Kyncl (Google), Richard Freudenstein (Foxtel), Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani (Al Jazeera), and Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission).
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