HBO Asia Names Jessica Kam Senior VP Original Productions
CEO Jonthan Spink says his team will "ramp up HBO Asia original productions under Jessica's leadership."
HBO Asia is bringing in new leadership to ramp up its original content production.
Film producer Jessica Kam has been appointed the new senior vp original productions at the network, where she will be responsible for all aspects of films and TV shows that are developed and produced in-house.
Kam comes to HBO after an extended stint in the Chinese film world, where her credits include festival favorites, such as 2010's The Piano in a Factory and last year's Italy-China co-production Coffee, along with more commercial projects, such as Jeffrey Lau's Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (2014) and Just Another Pandora's Box (2010).
"We welcome Jessica into our HBO family and trust that she will elevate our offerings and presence here in Asia through the creation of more Asian content," says Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia. "HBO Asia was one of the first in the region to produce Asian original content, and there has been a growing interest in Asian productions, which is encouraging for us as we ramp up HBO Asia original productions under Jessica's leadership and wealth of experience in the region."
HBO Asia, based in Singapore and wholly owned by Time Warner, began original content production in 2012 with the action horror film Dead Mine. Since then, the network has produced eight Asian originals with more slated to premiere later this year. The network's most recent Asian show, The Teenage Psychic, was its first in Mandarin. It also has partnered with the Chinese state-backed China Movie Channel to develop and co-produce an anthology of Chinese-language martial arts action movies for television. The first two TV movies were released last year, and execs from CMC revealed to THR at Cannes that two more are in the works for 2017.
Before her work as a producer in China, Kam worked for various regional media companies, including Celestial Pictures, where she managed the marketing and product management teams on the distribution of its classic Shaw Brothers library titles, as well as new films and TV products. She later served as head of MTV China Channel and vp network communications for MTV Asia. Earlier stints included work for MGM Gold, Dow Jones Newswires and Disney Studios.
Kam holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a B.A. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.