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Asia’s Largest Conference on New Media Examines Online, Mobile, Tablets

Asia’s Largest Conference on New Media Examines Online, Mobile, Tablets

Paris, France and Darmstadt, Germany – 2010-11-04

Asia’s largest new media conference -- Digital Media Asia 2010 -- will be bringing experts from around the world to Singapore later this month to examine the three digital distribution channels that are rapidly developing for publishers: online, mobile and tablets and e-readers.

The conference, to be held from 24 to 26 November, dedicates one day to each of these channels, focusing on the latest strategies and advice for content and revenue in the multimedia world.

The event, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and hosted by Singapore Press Holdings, features some of the world’s most successful media companies in the digital realm: The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei (Japan), VG (Norway), The Nation (Thailand), Mid Day (India), The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the Financial Times, Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), WSJ and many more.

The events also include visits to the MediaCorp NewsHub and the SPH Multimedia Centre, presentation of the Asian Digital Media Awards, a workshop on creating better news pages for digital devices, a Digital Media Expo and the Asian Media Golf tournament.

There is still time to register. Full details can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/dma.

Highlights of Digital Media Asia include:

Online Media Asia (24 November), which will focus on revenue generation beyond advertising and will feature case studies and creative strategies for generating new revenue streams online and through social media.

Speakers include: Joe Nguyen, Vice President Asia-Pacific, ComScore, Singapore; Gordon Crovitz, co-founder, Press+, USA; Mariko Horikawa, Deputy Manager, R&D Operations, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan; Alvin Lim, Asst Manager, Online Marketing, omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore; Yolanda Ma, Social Media Editor, The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; Sutichai Yoon, Editor-in-chief, The Nation, Thailand; Mario Tascon, Editor, Diximedia, Spain; and Valent Soisuvarn, Business Development Director, GMM Grammy, Thailand.

Mobile Media Asia (25 November), which will examine publishing initiatives for a market that includes 4.6 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. Asia is at the forefront of the mobile revolution, which is fueled by smart phones with wifi and 3G internet connections, touch screens, mobile TV and thousands of applications.

Speakers include: Stig Nordqvist, Executive Director Emerging Digital Platforms, WAN-IFRA, Henrik Palsson, VP and Head of Consumer Lab, Ericcsson, India; Béla Papp, Group Business Development Director, Ringier AG, Switzerland; Edi Taslim, Business General manager, Kompas.com, Indonesia; Grig Davidovitz, Consultant and Project Leader, GD Consulting, Israel; Morten Holst, Head of Mobile, Verdens Gang, Schibsted, Norway; and Mattias Rosberg, CEO, Adeprimo AB, Sweden.

Tablets & E-reading Asia, which is dedicated to the platforms that have raised the expectations of the publishing community looking at ways to generate revenue. More than 45 million tablets are expected to be sold by 2012 - will they eclipse the eReaders or will they co-exist? Pioneers and media experts will examine the success factors for deploying content on these devices.

Speakers include: Roger Risdal, Partner Product & Business Developer Manager, Adobe Sweden; Angela Mackay, Executive Director, Head of Asia Pacific, Financial Times, Hong Kong; Igor Smirnoff, VP Digital, Newspaper Direct Inc. USA; Morten Holst, Head of Mobile, Verdens Gang (Schibsted), Norway; Olivier Legrand, General Manager Asia, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Hong Kong; and Stig Nordqvist, Executive Director Emerging Digital Platforms, WAN-IFRA. The conference will also include a panel discussion on Asian news media on the iPad.

Full details available at www.wan-ifra.org/dma.

Sponsors and supporting organisations include Atex, Adobe, the Wall Street Journal Asia, the Financial Times (official media partner), OneVision, Singapore Media Development Authority, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore; Mobile Monday; Malaysian Newspaper Publishers Association; the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), and gxpress.net.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

Learn more about WAN-IFRA at www.wan-ifra.org or through the WAN-IFRA Magazine.

Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA, 7 rue Geoffroy St Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49 48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail: larry.kilman@wan-ifra.org.

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