Programme | Asian Media Leaders Summit 2020

Asian Media Leaders Summit 2020

21 Jul 2020 to 22 Jul 2020
JW Marriott South Beach

Programme | Asian Media Leaders Summit 2020





Shaping the Future of Media

A high-level strategic cross-media conference to explore and shape the future of news and entertainment industry, and showcase best practices and innovations from leading content creators. With media segments converging and overlapping, there is plenty to learn across verticals in the elusive quest for digital dollars and audience attention in a highly fragmented and disrupted space.

This inaugural Asian Media Leaders Summit by WAN-IFRA will feature keynotes, fireside chats, candid conversations and interactive sessions to generate new ideas and opportunities.


July 21

  • 09:00

    Welcome Remarks


    • CEO, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd
  • 09:10

    The Crystal Ball: Media Industry Outlook

    A look at the growth potential for various media industry verticals. The outlook session with its detailed analysis and forecasts will provide new perspectives and insights to shape your strategies.


    • Partner / Mainland China and Hong Kong Media Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 09:45

    Where is Advertising Headed?

    With advertising revenues shrinking from dollars to cents, adtech automation and publishers scurrying to seek additional revenue streams, where does this leave the long-cherished advertiser-publisher relationship? This panel discusses how it is evolving amid rapid advancements in the adtech space, what advertisers want (and expect) and ways to offer additional value to them.


  • 10:30

    Networking Break

  • 11:00

    Building a Sustainable Media Enterprise (Part 1)

    In a crowded and disrupted marketplace surrounded by media ventures fuelled by VC funding, brick-and-mortar media companies have to continually innovate and find new revenue streams to survive in the digital world. Leading media houses share their strategies and learnings


  • 13:45

    The Platform Debate: What’s Next?

    A discussion on the at-times uneasy relationship between media companies and technology platforms. Both are supporting journalism across the globe with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of funding and training, but is there a more equitable and sustainable way forward?



  • 14:30

    Audience-first Approach to Monetisation

    With Customer Experience (CX) being the new buzzword, what are media companies doing to put their audiences first to offer value and persuade them to invest in subscriptions, memberships or engage in other forms of online and offline transactions?

  • 15:15

    Networking Break

  • 15:45

    Power Conversations

    Have an in-depth conversation with your peers on the hottest topics of the moment! This participative and interactive session with like-minded contemporaries will be facilitated by the industry’s leading experts. Pick your wildcard topic when you register for the event and see if it makes it to the list!

    Challenges of Newsroom Transformation


    Data, data, data: Managing the Deluge


    • CEO, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd
    • Editor-in-Chief and CEO, iTromsø, Norway

    Fake News, Press Freedom and Trust in Media: What can Media Companies Do?


    War for Talent: How to Recruit, Retain and Retrain


    Wildcard topics

    Participants vote on their favourite topics and the top two will be convened for discussion facilitated by experts

  • 16:45

    Talking Points

    An illuminating fireside chat with a top media executive whose vision is creating exciting new possibilities and potential media models for the future.

  • 17:30

    Asian Media Awards Networking Reception

  • 18:30

    Asian Media Awards Ceremony and Dinner

July 22

  • 09:00

    Building a Sustainable Media Enterprise (Part 2)

    Amid a marketplace of media start-ups fuelled by VC money, brick-and-mortar media giants have to continually innovate and find new revenue streams to survive in the digital world. Leading media houses share their tips and strategies.


  • 10:30

    Networking Break

  • 11:00

    Learnings from Innovators and Disruptors

    New players in the media space have been making a splash with their bold, novel and refreshingly different content products and services. Hear how they ideate, grab attention and grow their audiences in their markets of millions.


  • 12:00

    On the Horizon

    5G and What Media Companies Need to Know and Prepare For

    With 5G rollouts underway in several countries, ultra-fast mobile internet presents many exciting new possibilities for streaming and bandwidth-intensive applications. Are you ready?


    Applied AI: Moving Mainstream

    From predicting suggested content to propensity to subscribe, what are the ways in which artificial intelligence is being used within media organisations?


  • 13:00


  • 14:00

    End of Asian Media Leaders Summit