HBO Max hires former iflix content chief, Disney & Viu alums ahead of Asia expansion

WarnerMedia has hired the former chief content officer at iflix to lead HBO Max’s production and development teams out of Singapore, with alums from Disney and Viu also joining the streamer ahead of its launch in Asia. Mark Francis becomes group lead of production & development for scripted and unscripted, while Wee Shi Ming has […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six Southeast Asia streaming super-trends for 2021

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & online at research powerhouse Omdia, offers six key insights set to affect the content business across Southeast Asia in 2021 and beyond. Southeast Asia offers great opportunities for media companies to scale in 2021, given its vast population. Covid-19 has sped up digitalisation in the market and […]

Chinese streamer iQiyi seeks Southeast Asia expansion with new hires

Chinese streamer iQiyi is looking to expand its presence in Southeast Asia with the appointment of three new country managers. Two of the new appointments come from foundering streaming rival Iflix, which was recently acquired by Tencent Video. Sherwin Dela Cruz has been hired as country manager for the Philippines. He joins iQiyi from the […]

Alibaba livestreaming boss fired, accused of nepotism and accepting gifts

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has announced the immediate departure of its livestreaming chief Zhao Yan, who has been fired on grounds of multiple wrongdoings. According to an internal memo produced by the company’s HR department, Zhao is accused of nepotism and accepting gifts. In particular, the document says that he helped third-party livestreamers secure […]

China’s Tencent to buy Asian streamer Iflix

Chinese entertainment giant Tencent is poised to acquire the key assets of indebted pan-Asian streamer Iflix for an undisclosed sum. Tencent will take control of iFlix’s content, resources and tech, but not its debt, according to BNN Bloomberg, in a move that would expand the reach of its WeTV streaming service in the region. “This […]

Asian streamer Iflix up for sale as debt crisis looms

Malaysia-based pan-Asian video streaming outfit Iflix is in sale talks and has appointed two executives from a distressed asset specialist to its board to stave off a looming debt crisis, according to a report by DealStreetAsia. According to the report, Iflix’s owners are looking to close a sale by the end of this month, with […]

Iflix rejigs management structure with Mark Francis named chief content officer

Asian streamer iflix is rejigging its management structure, with Mark Francis taking the reins as chief content officer of the business. Francis, a former Nat Geo exec, most recently served as global director of original programming for the Kuala Lumpur-headquartered SVOD – a role he has occupied for almost four years. The exec begins his […]

Iflix secures $50m to ‘aggressively pursue growth’

Asian streamer Iflix has secured more than $50 million from investors to expand its activities, while also revealing it had almost doubled its active users over the past six months. Companies including South Korean broadcast group JTBC and Indonesian entertainment firm Yoshimoto Kogyo took part in the funding round, which was led by global investment […]

Iflix strikes strategic partnership with Foxxum

Asian streaming outfit Iflix and smart TV technology specialist Foxxum have struck an agreement to make the Iflix app available on all Foxxum-enabled devices in key markets including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The partnership will see tailored versions of Iflix’s app, offering previews, hand-picked recommendations and features like Movie of the Day and a dedicated […]

Iflix launches premium sports channel in Asia

Southeast Asian VOD channel iflix has launched a premium sports channel on its service in several Asian markets. The platform has partnered with pan-Asian sports network ZSports for the launch of the service, which is intended to serve as the home of US sports in Asia. It will roll out this month in Malaysia, Brunei, […]

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