Ricky Ow, Clement Schwebig take senior WarnerMedia roles in APAC revamp
WarnerMedia has named Turner Asia Pacific President Ricky Ow to president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, distribution and advertising sales for Asia Pacific.
The news unites Turner Asia Pacific and HBO Asia to create a combined “powerhouse of leading brands,” the mass media and entertainment conglomerate said today (Sept. 25).
In the new role, Ow (pictured) is responsible for all entertainment networks and distribution of all networks, advertising sales and the kids networks operations in the region.
Spanning 42 countries, WarnerMedia Entertainment Asia Pacific brands include: Warner TV, Oh!K, Mondo TV, Mondo Mah-Jong TV, TABI Channel, Tabi Tele, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, POGO and Tuzki together with HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax and Red, as well as the OTT service HBO Go, and two SVOD services HBO On Demand and Ding Ji Ju Chang.
The company is also responsible for the distribution of CNN International, HLN and BabyFirst in Asia.
As part of the reorganization, Celement Schwebig will take on the role of managing director of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in Southeast Asia, Pacific and China, reporting to Ow.
Schwebig most recently served as chief financial officer of Turner Asia Pacific, SVP of business development and licensing for the region, and managing director of the company’s business in China.
In the new role, he will oversee all entertainment networks including HBO and its family of channels, OTT service and two SVOD services, Warner TV, local content channels Red and Oh!K, as well as Cartoon Network and the kids portfolio, and all digital ventures.
His responsibilities include operations, advertising sales, and the distribution of all networks, including CNN International, HLN and BabyFirst.
In other news, HBO Asia CEO Jonathin Spink and EVP Steve Burton will exit the company.
All3Media Int’l inks deals in Hong Kong
All3Media International secured a set of package deals in Asia that will see the distributor sending more than 50 hours of factual content to Hong Kong.
TVB acquired the rights to five series and specials: the Raw TV documentary Drowning in Plastic, produced for BBC1; the two-hour special The Big Fat Lies About Diet and Exercise from North One Television for Channel 5; and two-part special Eamonn and Ruth’s How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, from Spun Gold TV for Channel 5.
The broadcaster also signed up for: Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip (3 x 60 minutes) and Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Festive Feast (1 x 75 minutes), both from Studio Ramsay for ITV. Both feature star chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo, and master maître d’ Fred Sirieix.
Telecommunications company PCCW signed up for a number of series as part of the second factual package.
ViuTVsix will debut Gordon Ramsay: 24 Hours to Hell and Back (8 x 60 minutes), from Studio Ramsay for Fox in the U.S. Also included from Studio Ramsay is Born Famous, a four-part series for Channel 4.
PCCW selected multiple seasons of long-running factual entertainment titles from UK indie Betty to air on ViuTVsix, including: seasons one to three of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (21 x 60 minutes) and seasons five and six of The Undateables (10 x 60 minutes), both produced for Channel 4.
Lastly, Optomen Television’s three-part series When I Grow Up, produced for Channel 4, also heads to ViuTVsix.
Kew Media sends history docs to BBC
Global distributor Kew Media Distribution has sold documentaries Own the Sky and Churchill and the Movie Mogul to British pubcaster BBC4.
Directed by Gregory Read, the 90-minute documentary Own the Sky chronicles David Mayman’s quest to build and fly the world’s first Jet Pack around the Statue of Liberty, and the impact Mayman’s infatuation had on his family.
The documentary is filmed over 10 years in Australia and the U.S. It is a Firelight, Paper Bark Films and Essential Media Group production.
Churchill and the Movie Mogul, directed by John Fleet and produced by January Pictures, explores the collaboration between former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and celebrated film producer Alexander Korda during World War II.