Global Streaming & The Future of Entertainment in Asia
Global streaming has changed the consumption, distribution, financing, and production of entertainment across the globe, and in particular in Asia, where international OTTs are scrambling to tap into 100s of millions of potential new customers. As international and local language content increasingly travels the world, digital media companies from the US, China, India and pan-Asia will take center stage. Join us as we unravel everything from the effects of COVID, to SVOD vs. AVOD, to what it all means for the indie filmmaker and the “television” content creator.
Rick Ambros, International Media and Entertainment Consultant & Producer
Rohit Jain, Managing Director South Asia and Networks – Emerging Markets Asia, Lionsgate
Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment India
William Pfeiffer, Executive Chairman, Globalgate Entertainment
presented in partnership with the Asian World Film Festival
Rick AmbrosInternational Media and Entertainment Consultant & Producer
Rick Ambros is an executive producer, consultant and past studio executive with an emphasis on international and local language film, television and digital production, co-production, business development and financing across Asia, Europe and North America. He has been focusing his attention on the rapidly growing media and entertainment industries in Asia, particularly India and China.
Over the years he has worked with Fox International Productions, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM, Ivanhoe Pictures, Star TV India, Applause Entertainment, ProSiebenSat1, Constantin Entertainment, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Seven Stars Media and others.
Rick has an extensive background working in India. Currently, he is a Consultant and Producer for Applause Entertainment. He served as a Consultant for Ivanhoe Pictures / SK Global. Rick was instrumental in setting up Fox Television Studios India Pvt. Ltd., working closely with Star TV, and consulted for Sony Pictures Television.
At Fox International Productions, Rick consulted on local language productions in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia) and Europe (Germany, Spain, UK).
Rick served as COO of Perfect Storm Entertainment, a joint venture between Director Justin Lin and Chinese media company Seven Stars. During his tenure Perfect Storm produced the Chinese-language film Hollywood Adventures (released by Enlight Pictures), starring Zhao Wei, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei and U.S. television series Scorpion for CBS.
He has been actively engaged in film financing at the studios, including Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros., where he advised German investors providing production financing for film and television. Films included The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Sex and the City, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Mission Impossible 3.
Rick started his career in the entertainment industry as Director of Development and Co-Production at German media group ProSiebenSat.1 and as an international marketing and distribution executive at Walt Disney Studios.
Rick is a frequent Industry speaker, moderator and guest lecturer on emerging international markets, film financing and co-production. He is on the Executive Board of the Asian World Film Festival.
Rohit JainManaging Director South Asia and Networks - Emerging Markets Asia, Lionsgate
Rohit Jain is Managing Director for Lionsgate South Asia and Networks-Emerging Markets Asia.
Rohit started Lionsgate’s office in the region in 2017 as the founding member and has since set up a high performing team.
In his role, Rohit has spearheaded setting up Network business for Lionsgate by launching its OTT service Lionsgate Play across multiple markets in South Asia and South East Asia markets. He has established several strategic partnerships for the platform including all major Telco’s in India and Indonesia, major Broadband players in various markets, OEM’s, Airlines and global OTT aggregators etc.
Rohit has also been instrumental in establishing a robust Licensing and Syndication business for Lionsgate in South Asia creating a multi-million dollar business. He has also established Theatrical Distribution business for Lionsgate, distribution several movies each year including blockbusters like Robinhood, Anna and Oscar nominated movies Knives Out and Bombshell.
In his role, he has established Production business for Lionsgate and leads the team in developing local films, television, and digital production business for Lionsgate in India with multiple Indian original shows and movies under production.
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Rohit was the Deputy CEO of Videocon d2h, a media company that he helped grow from a start-up to over a billion dollar in annual revenues and personally led major corporate milestones including Videocon’s successful listing on NASDAQ in 2015 and the merger with Dish TV in 2016, the largest so far in media industry. During his tenure, the merged entity, scaled from a start up in early 2010 to become Top 3 media companies in India on revenues and profitability. During his tenure he raised more than $1B in equity and debt.
Preceding to his tenure at Videocon, Rohit worked at Aon, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte. In total Rohit has 25+ years of professional experience. He has worked with organisations / partners across various continents with different ownership structures, understanding cultural and ownership sensitivities. He is a regular speaker at industry bodies and forums and is a Commerce graduate and All India rank holder Chartered Accountant by education background.
Sameer NairCEO, Applause Entertainment India
A media and entertainment industry veteran, Sameer has had several highs in his career spanning more than 25 years. Born and brought up in Mumbai, and belonging to a family whose maternal side is full of teachers, Sameer wanted to become an astrophysicist and dreamt of getting into the IITs.
Sameer had set his eyes on the advertising industry but first joined Yellow Pages before moving on to Goldwire Communications. In 1994 he joined the Star Network. Over a 12 year career at Star, he went on to handle a variety of portfolios and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2006. He was responsible for bringing some of the most loved shows on TV such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Koffee With Karan, The Great Indian Comedy Show and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, among others. But it was Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) that redefined prime time reality shows and celebrity hosts. It was also the reinvention of Amitabh Bachchan. The world sat up and took notice of Sameer Nair and he has not looked back since.
Currently CEO at Applause Entertainment – part of the Aditya Birla Group, he continues to bring breakthrough shows to audiences, his most recent being Scam 1992 on Sony Liv and Criminal Justice – Behind Closed Doors on Disney + Hotstar among others.
William PfeifferExecutive Chairman & Co-Founder, Globalgate Entertainment
William Pfeiffer is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Globalgate
Entertainment, a global local-language film production and financing company
that includes Lionsgate, Televisa, and Nordisk as shareholders. The
Globalgate consortium consists of 12 film production/distribution companies,
including Gaumont, Rai, Tobis, Kadokawa, and Lotte.
As CEO of Dragongate Entertainment, a China-focused feature film
production and financing company launched in 2012 with backing from
Lionsgate, Pfeiffer produces feature films in English and Asian languages and
raises corporate financing as well as film financing.
From 2008-2012, Pfeiffer was CEO & Founder of Tiger Gate Entertainment, a
partnership among Lionsgate Entertainment, Saban Capital, and Pfeiffer. He
launched Asia-focused TV channels including KIX and Thrill. Tiger Gate
merged with Celestial’s TV channels in 2012, and Pfeiffer is still a significant
shareholder of the merged entity: Celestial Tiger Entertainment.
As CEO of Celestial Pictures from 2001-2008, Pfeiffer launched several
Chinese TV channels including Celestial Movies and produced many
successful TV series. Celestial Pictures owns the largest Chinese film library,
including Shaw Brothers. Celestial produced multiple award-winning Chinese
films such as “Perhaps Love” and “WuXia”.
From 1992-2001, William Pfeiffer was the most senior executive in Asia of
Sony Pictures and Columbia TriStar and simultaneously was responsible for
production, distribution, and TV channels. He initiated local film production
that produced multiple award-winning local-language films such as
“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and “Lagaan”. At Sony, he launched 20 TV
channels and produced thousands of films / TV programs. He was Chairman
of the first n China-based production joint venture between a Hollywood major
studio and a Chinese partner.
From 1987-1992, Pfeiffer was the most senior executive of The Walt Disney
Studios in Asia and launched its television production and home
entertainment businesses in Asia.
Pfeiffer has lived in Asia for 33 years. He studied at the University of Notre
Dame and Sophia University (in Tokyo) as an undergraduate and at Stanford
University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a board member of several
global organizations, including the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA),
Plastic Oceans International, and BAFTA (Asia).