Chia departs MDA for private sector

Aubeck Kam to replace outgoing CEO

BEIJING -- Christopher Chia, longtime CEO of Singapore’s Media Development Authority, is leaving the MDA for the private sector on Oct. 18, just as the group prepares to launch a film market for international releases next June.

Chia -- who will continue his work developing Singapore’s creative industries as senior adviser to the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts -- will be succeeded at the MDA by Aubeck Kam, now deputy secretary at the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore’s Channel News Asia reported on Sept. 9.

Under Chia’s leadership, Singapore became the first Southeast Asian country to deploy high-definition television nationwide, saw the spread of 3D film exhibition on the island of nearly five million people, and began a 3D TV broadcast trial.

As Chia leaves the MDA, the group prepares to launch the eight-day ScreenSingapore on June 5, 2011 -- a marketplace to launch Asian and Western films to summer moviegoers in Asia’s booming movie market.

The event at Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa and the Golden Village cinema in Vivo City will focus on international releases from supporters such as Fox, Warner Brothers and Paramount, but also will showcase domestic films.

Incoming MDA CEO Kam previously worked with Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Singapore Police Force.
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