Ricky Ow has been promoted to executive vice president, networks, Asia, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks, SPT, to whom he reports.
In this role, Ow will continue to oversee the networks business across Asia and will expand his oversight by managing SPT’s two Korean joint ventures, AXN Korea and Animax Korea, as well as develop new channel opportunities in the region. Ow will continue to work closely on these businesses with George Chien, senior vice president, networks, Asia, SPT.
“Under Ricky’s leadership, we expanded our brands and our channels are leading entertainment providers in Asia,” said Kaplan. “His understanding of the region, his relationships and his business savvy will be instrumental to our continued growth and success.”
Currently, SPT channels in Asia reach 560 million households, with a portfolio of five channel brands in the region: SET, AXN, BeTV, ONE and Animax. SPT Networks, Asia was established in 1997 with headquarters in Singapore.
Most recently, Ow served as senior vice president and general manager, networks, Asia, overseeing the company’s channel brands; including AXN India and ANIMAX India. He joined SPT in 1999 as the head of sales and marketing for AXN which, under his leadership, has become the #1 English language general entertainment channel in Asia. ONE has also become a leading Asian language channel in Southeast Asia under his supervision. Additionally, Ow has led SPT’s networks in Asia to pioneer award-winning pan-regional original entertainment productions including The Amazing Race Asia, (International Emmy 2009 nominee for “Non-Scripted Entertainment,” “Best Adaptation of an Existing Format,” Asian Television Awards 2008), Cyril: Simply Magic (“Best Entertainment Program,” Asian Television Awards 2010 nominee), The Man’s World Show (“Best Entertainment Program,” Asian Television Awards 2006), Mondo Magic Singapore (“Highly Commended for Adaptation of an Original Format,” Asian Television Awards 2006) and LaMB (“Best Animation Program,” Taiwan Golden Bell Awards 2009). Prior to joining SPT, Ow held positions at SBC Enterprises (now Mediacorp TV), Asia Business News (ABN) and CNBC. In 1994 and 1995, Ow was the top regional sales manager for ABN advertising sales worldwide. In 1998, Media Magazine named Ow’s CNBC Asia sales team the “Best Regional Sales Team” and he was voted “Best Advertising Executive” for Satellite Television.