After my August Asian tour of Shanghai to visit Star China’s studios for both The Voice of China (currently the #1 show in China) and their new Global Agency new production Bring Em Back, I saw first-hand that China’s production values rival the U.S. and Europe. The Voice of China audiences are very invested in their particular star, creating elaborate signs. Anthony Bourdain just compared Shanghai to NY on CNN, saying Shanghai makes NY look like a 3rd World Country. I wouldn’t go that far but am more impressed every time I go to Shanghai.
Then on to Mongolia to visit Mongol TV and their new, modern news studios. The Mongolia TV revolution has been written up in several press articles and CEO Nomin Chinbat has been recognized as a Power Player in the industry by both The Hollywood Reporter Most Powerful Women in Media (2013 and 2014) as well as in ContentAsia’s Most Influential Women in Media 2013. Mongolia is a truly beautiful country straddling both modern and ancient. Ulaanbaatar, the largest city with over 1 million people, is booming with plenty of construction and also a serious look at the television industry, following the first Mongolian TV Forum held this past February in Terlj.
Singapore is the undisputable hub of entertainment media and I was pleased to attend the ContentAsia Summit in early September where Star China’s Chief Representative, Vivian Yin (see photo above) talked about China’s booming Format production landscape with ContentAsia head Janine Stein. Also, I am pleased to have just signed on with one of the largest independent distribution companies in Asia, Bomanbridge Media, headed by the talented Sonia Fleck and a superb regional team. Bomanbridge just announced a major expansion with investment from Hera Capital, opened two new offices (Korea and Mongolia) and two new hires – former Fremantle Asia executive, Lakshmanan Subbiah, as Director of Finance & Operations and former MBC Plus Korea's Gyeong-Min Moon They are producing their first original series this Fall, stay tuned for more info for a fun show…
I am headed to MIPCOM next month and then back to Singapore for the Asia TV Forum in December, and I hope to see many of you along the way