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Turner strengthens distribution team in APAC

Turner Asia Pacific, creator and distributor of CNN International and Cartoon Network, has made several changes to its management team to support growing demand in Southeast Asia, Australia and Pacific markets.

As part of the expansion, and emphasizing the importance of the Australia market, Robi Stanton has been promoted to general manager – Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Territories. She will oversee all of Turner’s commercial business relationships in these markets, including ad sales, content sales and network distribution.

Meanwhile, Voo Chih Yeong has been appointed vice president – Southeast Asia, assuming responsibility for all affiliate partnerships in key markets such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Voo joins Turner from Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia effective 3 June.

In addition, Vishal Dembla (pictured) has been promoted to vice president – Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, with a remit that includes Hong Kong, Thailand and Indochina.

Dembla recently spearheaded a number of initiatives including the launch of Toonami, Boomerang and POGO in Thailand, and was part of the team that developed Oh!K, the region’s newest Korean entertainment channel.

This move comes on the back of several new brand launches, including the addition of Oh!K and World Heritage Channel to Turner’s portfolio, and the relaunches of Warner TV and Boomerang.

“Turner’s rapid expansion across Southeast Asia and the significance of the Australia market has triggered this important change,” said Phil Nelson, Turner’s managing director and senior vice president for North Asia and Southeast Asia Pacific.

“We work with demanding, world-class partners and they deserve the best team to support their business. I’m confident that our outstanding brands and this new-look, high-caliber team can meet these growing needs.”

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