This march, the 2023 Asia Content Business Summit (ACBS) Working Group Meeting is held at HKCEC on March 15, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM HK Time. It marks the first in-person gathering of Asian content leaders since the pandemic. The meeting unites all the power forces from the member countries, including key government delegates and industry professionals from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and other countries/regions.
At the meeting, Mr. Fred Wang, Chairman of Salon Films and Asia Content Business Summit, delivered the opening speech. He said that in the past few years of the epidemic, ACBS has never stopped the communication and exchanges among Asian member countries, and always actively supported and carried out dialogues that sharing of the latest technology and industry development. It is hoped that through this first face-to-face working group meeting after the epidemic, the success of the Asian content industry will be demonstrated, and more cooperation in content, technology and other fields in Asia in the post-epidemic era will be promoted.
Representatives from various countries and regions spoke in turn and shared their support for the cooperation in the content industry in Asia. Among them, Mr. Gary Mak, Secretary-General of Hong Kong Film Development Council, took the lead in sharing Hong Kong's support for Asian co-productions, and explained in detail the Hong Kong government's recently launched HK-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme. The plan encourages more cooperation among Asian countries, expects to deepen exchanges between Hong Kong, China and Asia, and to produce more high-quality film and television works. Mr. Raymond Yip, Chief Liaison Officer of Nansha New District in Hong Kong, also affirmed the achievements of the Asian Content Industry Summit in the past years, and called on representatives from Asian countries to visit and land projects in the Greater Bay Area.
The Japanese Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) participated in the meeting on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Dato Kamil Othman, Chairman of the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), Mr. Dwi Heriyanto B, President Director of the Indonesian State Film Productions (PFN), Mr. Sirisak Koshpasharin and Mr. Paris Kandeva, representatives from the Ministry of Culture of Thailand, and Professor, Emily Kim, Professor and Producer from Korea Chugye University for the Arts all attended the meeting in person. They introduced their respective domestic film and television developments during the epidemic, and showed their co-produced films with Southeast Asian countries. The representative of Thailand emphasized that there are new tax incentives and other policies implemented for co-productions in Asia, and more than 30% of the tax can be refunded.
Among the industry veterans, there are Mr. Joachim Ng, Former Director, Media Ecosystem Development, IMDA, Ms. Endah Sulistianti, Former Deputy Head for Inter Agency and Regional Relations of Indonesia, Mr. Gordon Cheng, CEO of Cameron Pace Group Asia Pacific, Mr. Desmond Ngai, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of WebTV Asia Asia, Ms. Sally Lin, Chairman of Yoywow, Mr. Dave Wu of Shanghai Jiuyou Investment Fund, etc., as well as representatives from India, France and the United States also expressed their views and support for expanding ACBS’s influence in Asia and increasing cooperation within Asia.
At the end, the members discussed the host region for the next summit, which will be finalized after the meeting. The successful conclusion of this meeting paved the way for a more solid foundation for the subsequent collaboration in Asia.
业界代表中，更是有卡梅隆佩恩集团亚太区总裁程信森、 WebTV Asia亚洲资深副总裁Desmond Ngai、深圳雅文信息传播有限公司总裁Sally Lin、上海久有投资基金Dave Wu等，以及印度、法国、美国的代表也都发表了对于扩大亚洲影响力，增加亚洲范围内合作的看法和支持。