Reflections with Diana Chong

Most locals should be familiar with the funny content starring Michelle Chong, Singapore’s darling comedic genius. Her talents span personable characters including Ah Lian, Sonia and Chiang Ying Wen, and have brought laughter to Singaporeans for many years. Working just as hard behind the scenes as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Left Profile and Michelle Chong Productions is Diana Chong, a seasoned businesswoman who is no doubt the brains behind many successful campaigns delivered to media consumers today. On top of primarily specialising in the field of media and advertising, she also juggles the job of managing Singapore’s top artistes, Michelle Chong, Lee Teng, and Pornsak. Diana possesses a laser-sharp clarity on her goals for the company, and her reassuring sense of leadership pervades the interview. A deeply introspective person, she shares more in this interview about her life lessons and musings…

Conversations with Rydwan Anwar

As the Head of Theatre at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Rydwan Anwar leads the Theatre cluster within the Programming department. His responsibilities include leading his team in the conceptualisation and development of theatre presentations and projects. In this article, he sheds light on what programming entails, shares about his personal journey, and provides some valuable insight into the local arts scene…

Conversations with Dean Tan

Dean Tan is a Deputy Director (Kallang Alive and Industry Development) at Sport Singapore (Sport SG), where he oversees the development of Singapore’s sports industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Alliance Manchester Business School, and previously graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Economics from the Nanyang Technological University. Having lived and worked in various places around the world, including China, Iran, and Dubai, he shares valuable experience about pursuing an overseas career, insights from his time at Sport SG, and advice for aspiring students…

Conversations with Pearl Forss

Pearl Forss is a Senior Producer with CNA. She enjoys exploring the globe and speaking to people from all walks of life. In 2015 she produced “The New Silk Road ” a series about China’s Belt & Road initiative that received a Silver medal for Best Documentary (International Affairs) at the New York Film Festival. In 2021, she produced “When Titans Clash” a series about US-China relations that received the Best Documentary Series Award at the Asian Academy Creative Awards…

Insights on Film and Television

On 15 December 2020, Advisory organised its 24th Discovery+ online panel: Discovery+: Film and Television. On our panel that evening, we were privileged to have experienced professionals from a variety of media organisations. The panel consisted of Julius Toh, Vice President, Distribution and Networks (Southeast Asia) from Sony Pictures Television; Charlyn Ng, Executive Producer from IFA Media; Kenny Tan, Executive Producer & Head of Studios from Viddsee Studios; and Vienna Wong, News Studio Director from Channel Newsasia in Mediacorp…

Conversations with Cliff Hartono

Mr. Hartono founded Set in Stone Gallery in 2013 and also established Jasri Partners in 2018. This year, he co-founded Metis Art, with a mission educating and supporting the next generation of art collectors in the region. In this article, Cliff shares his entrepreneurship journey, including the setbacks he faced and how he overcame them and also the defining moments of his journey…

Insights on the Digital Music Business

“Looking Back, Looking Forward: My Experience and View on the Digital Music Business” was a webinar held on 21 August 2020. It was graced by Seth Schachner, Managing Director of Strat Americas, a Los Angeles-based consultancy that provides strategic guidance and helps clients with media and technology partnerships. Seth is an experienced business development executive who, prior to his current designation, spent eleven years with Sony Music. He has also served as Chairman of Florida’s Film & Entertainment Advisory Council, guiding the state of Florida on state film and entertainment growth strategies…

Conversations with Kamil Haque

Kamil Haque is the Founder and Artistic Director at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC). Prior to founding his own professional acting studio, he taught acting in multiple institutions in Los Angeles and Singapore including The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Los Angeles…

Conversations with Li Churen

Li Churen is an award-winning classical pianist who has performed in various countries worldwide. She is passionate about new music, having experimented increasingly with combining musical genres, as well as reconsidering performance practices in the programming of her concerts, and was listed in 2018 on Singapore Tatler’s Generation-T List…