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All eyes on Asia as CASBAA Convention 2008 gets an ensemble cast of speakers

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All eyes on Asia as CASBAA Convention 2008 gets an ensemble cast of speakers

With the Asia Pacific pay-TV revenues set to top $40 billion in 2008, the buzz is around the CASBAA Convention 2008, which will be held in Hong Kong on October 28-30. Themed ‘Subscribe to the Future – All Eyes are on Asia’, the three-day CASBAA Convention 2008 has invited more C-level executives as expert speakers to share their insights on the fast-changing pay-TV business.

The three-day CASBAA Convention 2008 will be keynoted by Anne Sweeney, President, Disney ABC Television Group and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks; and Barry Diller, Chairman and CEO, InterActiveCorp; along with Darren Childs, Managing Director of BBC Global Channels; and Abe Peled, Chairman of content protection specialist, NDS.

Other leading speakers at the Convention this year have been drawn from a far-reaching roster that includes Microsoft, PCCW, Sony Pictures, Cisco, StarHub, ITV Worldwide, Google, Zee TV, MediaFLO and Turner Broadcasting.

Besides Sweeney, Diller, Childs, and Peled, the other confirmed speakers include Rob Norman, CEO, GroupM Interaction Worldwide; Peter Iacono, President & MD, ITV Worldwide; John Edwards, President and CEO, Move Networks; Steve Marcopoto, President and MD, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific; Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks & Digital Initiatives, NBC Universal International; Paul Mitchell, GM, Policy & Standards, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft; and Todd Miller, EVP & MD, Asia, Sony Pictures Television International.

“The overwhelming response to this year’s Convention is that ‘All Eyes’ really are on Asia as a global growth engine for the converged media and telecoms industries,” said Simon Twiston Davies, CEO of CASBAA.

He added, “Starting with the mid-June CASBAA Convention 2008 launch in Singapore, take-up has been unprecedented this year, both for the Conference and the party schedule, which is topped off by the CASBAA Charity Ball in support of UNICEF, which we are staging as a wild ‘last night’ of the show.”

Given such a strong speaker line-up and the positive demand for sponsorship and exhibition space, “this is a reflection that the entire pay-TV industry is confident in the enormous growth opportunities across the Asia Pacific. Once more, Asia is the place to be”, said Twiston Davies.

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