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Vishal Dembla

Vice President & General Manager (HKG & SEA)
Turner Broadcasting Sales Southeast Asia, Inc


Vishal Dembla is general manager of Turner’s Southeast Asia business. He has full commercial and operational responsibility for all of Turner’s networks, digital and media services across the region including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indochina.

Based in Singapore, Mr. Dembla is charged with managing and growing Turner’s brand portfolio and business lines, across linear and non-linear entertainment. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in driving Turner’s foray into Asian content and is leading product development in several markets for direct-to-consumer platforms.

He also leads a team responsible for the network distribution of the business in Southeast Asia – focusing on further expanding the reach of brands including CNN International, Warner TV, truTV, Oh!K, Cartoon Network and Boomerang in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Turner, Mr. Dembla worked in corporate and management roles across the pay-TV and motion-picture industries in India. He has an MBA from INSEAD graduate business school.

Panel Session: Upskill, Reskill, Roadkill: What Broadcast Brands Need Now In The Short-Form Content Skills Department

Moderated by: Janine Stein
Joined by: Fion Yeo, Senior Vice President, Head of Content, FOX+ , FOX Networks Group Asia
Rob Middleton, Creative Director, Astro

Major networks are reacting more boldly to changes in consumer video viewing behaviour, exploring different short-form content creation options, experimenting with social media models outside of the traditional distribution environment and shifting the focus of in-house creative teams. As the digital migration continues, promo creators have had to reinvent how they think in order to step up to and deliver on new demands. This panel looks at the dramatic changes required by the new environment, how media brands are managing the shift and what’s on their wish lists for 2019.