Future Vision

Malaysia’s Adam Ham is among a new generation of global media executives who are multilingual and trans-continental in background, education and more importantly, their visions of the future. In this Q&A, Ham talks about how Malaysia and Asia are contributing to the future of a multi-ethnic and multicultural global media society.

 Q. You are Malaysian but you have, in fact, travelled and lived abroad quite a bit. What’s that about?

 A. I must thank my parents for giving me an interesting foundation in life.... read more...


 With the Euro in crisis, funding of content is more challenging than ever before. David Grover, the man responsible for giant ING Bank's media lending in Europe, takes a look at what’s in play when it comes to banks funding content now and in the near future. Grover’s clients include, among others, Zodiak Media, Russian World Studios/Sistema Mass Media, Digiturk, Sanoma/SBS Broadcasting, Canal Digitaal, and Zed Spain.

 Q. It’s not a pretty picture for European media companies, large and small, that want to fund content these days, is it?

 A. Well, it’s not all doom and gloom but banks are placing more scrutiny than ever before when making lending decisions and the media sector is not immune.

 Q. So what does it mean for the media sector?

 A. It means that media players that want to raise money have to come to the banks with conservative business plans. Banks have capital to lend. In fact the way out of... read more...

Hot on the heels of the most productive and successful year since its launch in 2007, India’s DQ Entertainment (DQE) has green-lit Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book as the first project out the gates for its newly launched feature film division.

FUTURE VISION talks with Tapaas Chakravarti, chairman and founder of the successful Indian animation group and its subsidiary DQ Entertainment (Ireland), about his “hands on” approach to the US$45 million stereoscopic 3D animated project and India’s future as a “trend- maker" in the world of animation.

Q. The Jungle Book has some major talent on it. Billy Frolick  (Madagascar/Holy Cow), Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, The Smurfs) Kevin Johnson (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked/Harry Potter &The Sorcerer’s Stone, and James Hegedus (Shrek). Your role is usually as an executive producer but on this feature film, you are very hands on.

A. Apart from it being our flagship...