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Haslingden to rock the Casbaa

NHNZ owner David Haslingden is named among the high-profile presenters for next month’s CASBAA convention, Beyond the Box, in Hong Kong.

David Haslingden

NHNZ’s David Haslingden

Haslingden is in pretty serious company from around the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, with speakers from A+E Networks, FOX International Channels, HBO Asia, Lionsgate, Reuters, Scripps Networks Interactive, Virgin Media, Youku Tudou, and even a British MP: Mike Weatherley, IP Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Haslingden’s group of companies are nowadays regularly referred to as “Asia’s first super indie”. The latest addition, kids’ channel ZooMoo, is currently expanding its global footprint almost monthly. In conversation at Casbaa, Haslingden will share his views on how the original content market is shaping up in Asia, trends to watch out for, and pitfalls to avoid.

HBO’s Erika North will join A +E Networks’ Michele Schofield, Tata Sky’s Paolo Agostinelli, and Viacom’s Sudhanshu Vats for a panel Content is King, but Local Content is Emperor, not a concept that’s yet found much traction among NZ’s pay TV players.

After mixed success last year with Serangoon Road, the Singapore-set co-production between HBO Asia and Australia’s ABC, HBO Asia launches its own regional drama two weeks before Casbaa opens its doors. Grace will feature NZ actor Yoson An (Ghost Bride and the upcomingCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny ).

CASBAA (originally the Cable and Satellite Broadcasters Association of Asia) started life in 1991 and now has 130 member organisations across the Asia-Pacific region. Beyond the Box runs 27 – 30 October in Hong Kong.

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