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Crystal Balling The Next Wave – NYFA CONFERENCE

In this joint effort, we will hear from key industry organizations who are in the content sphere developing, commissioning and owning media content. Together we will hope to scope out a list some key trends impacting content from creation to consumption.

From a youth perspective, this crystal-balling session would be insightful to the paths trodden and roads opened from predecessors. Will young filmmakers break traditions to ride trends or future-scape their paths using age known tactics?

Session 2 – Crystalballing the next wave – Trendspotting Content – Q&A

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Doreen Neo, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp

Doreen started her career in international advertising agency McCann Erickson in 1984, and made her mark as its Associate Media Director. In 1999 she joined MediaCorp as Senior Assistant Vice President of Business Planning. Following the media liberalization in 2000, Doreen joined SPH MediaWorks as Senior Vice President, Media Business Group, and was instrumental in setting up its sales and marketing operations as well as its sponsorship, research and agency teams. 

In 2003, Doreen took on the challenge of starting up MediaWise (Singapore and Malaysia), OMD’s second media agency, as its General Manager. She was responsible for starting the company and growing it into a viable and successful business. 

In 2005, television beckoned again, and Doreen joined Mediacorp to head its Chinese Entertainment Production and Content Distribution divisions. In this role, she was responsible for the bulk of Singapore’s local entertainment content, as well as worldwide distribution and syndication of MediaCorp content library. 

In 2010, Doreen headed Mediacorp’s Malaysia Drama Unit to supplement local production hours. In 2011, she started the Non-Linear Production division to develop non-linear content extensions and 360 content for Mediacorp’s new media platforms. 

She was appointed as Managing Director, Studios in April 2012 which comprises all output units producing dramas and variety in 4 languages, and Production Resources. 

In May 2017, she was appointed as Chief Content Officer overseeing our entire Studio output & operations and The Celebrity Agency (TCA). In this new role, Doreen’s key priorities are to strengthen Mediacorp’s production capabilities, inject digital DNA and ensure a sustainable business. 

In December 2017, in addition to her position as Chief Content Officer, Doreen was designated Mediacorp’s China Chief Representative. The China Representative Office supports all the company’s business activities in China. 

Josiah Ng, Head of Film and Social Content, DDB

Josiah Ng is Head of Film & Social Content at DDB Singapore, where he leads Telling Stories, a team of Digital Strategists, Content Producers, Directors, Writers, Videographers and Animators that facilitate end-to-end content production. 

He was also a core member in bringing dialect back to Singapore television after 30 years, with the creation of Singapore’s dialect television series, “Eat Already?”.

Recently, he served as mentor for 15 content creators under the STOREYS initiative, supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, to produce 15 short films that tell uniquely Singaporean stories. 

“André & his olive tree” is Ng’s latest documentary feature, a film that he hopes will help explore our obsession with perfection and results, through the eyes of a Taiwanese Michelin chef who is ready to give it all up.

Kenny Tan, Executive Producer – Head of Studios, Viddsee

Award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Kenny Tan is the Executive Producer of Viddsee Studios. He has over a decade of experience in the media industry, having directed and produced content across multiple platforms and media. His past achievements include producing the world’s first patented GPS Film system, and working on a collaboration between UCLA and Nokia Hollywood to create a series of non-linear mobile films in Los Angeles, California. 

His fascination with technology, filmmaking and short films led him to join Viddsee Studios in 2017, a role in which he oversees the production of Viddsee Originals across the Southeast Asian region, as well as branded short films for clients such as Unilever and the Singapore Tourism Board. 

Kenneth Goh, Executive Director, Association of Independent Producers Singapore (AIPRO)

Banker-turned-Producer; Kenneth currently serves as the Executive Director, AIPRO Secretariat where he helps to serve the needs of the producing membership community of the Association of Independent Producers in Singapore. 

Prior to this he co-leads Monstrou Studio, a producer & distributor of original content., where his producing credits include the ‘Salam Ramadhan’, series food & travel series, “Halal Galore – China”, “LOV Japan”, and “Hands of Love (大手小手)“, and as Producer of “Wild Cards” a Discovery Asia’s Singapore Stories. 

He was one the Jury member of the National Youth Film Awards in 2016 and 2017 and was also a working committee member (28 Dec 2012 – 31 Dec 2014) of Interactive Digital Media Work Group with Singapore Workforce Development Agency and now serve in Design & Media Academic Advisory Committee (DMAAC) at the Institute of Technical Education.

Kimberly James, VP of Production, Original Productions Department, HBO Asia

Based in Singapore, she is an award-winning producer, avid collector of stories, and life-long wanderer at heart. With a career spanning 20 years across three continents and 50 countries, Kimberly’s production experience ranges from scripted to reality, kids to sports, often juggling multiple shows at a time. She is also a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.

At WarnerMedia, she has been working with some of the best producers and directors across Asia to make content that resonates locally and across HBO’s global audience with Asia originals including Grisse, Food Lore and Invisible Stories.

Before joining WarnerMedia, Kimberly produced for James Franco on The Long Home, a feature film he directed and starred in, and Making a Scene with James Franco, an Emmy-nominated web series for AOL with more than 18 million views. She also managed the NY unit of The Pretenders, directed by Franco. 

She produced 12 award-winning seasons of The Amazing Race (US, Asia, Australia, and Israel versions). Her short film Across the Tracks won 8 awards including Best Narrative, Director’s Choice, and The African Academy Award for Best Diaspora Short. 

She also worked on the TNT/Warner Bros. series Public Morals executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Ed Burns. Other credits include 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, and The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, directed by Richard LaGravenese.