Ricky Ow appointed president of Turner Broadcasting Asia Pacific

Louise Duffy | 12-11-2013

International television executive Ricky Ow has been appointed president of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, effective from January 2014.

Most recently executive VP & GM for Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, Ow will lead Turner Internationalís portfolio in the Asia Pacific region, and will be based in Hong Kong.

He will have executive oversight for all entertainment and children's networks, the digital and media services offered the distribution of CNN's services in that region, and all licensing and merchandising activity in Asia Pacific.

Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International, said: "We are delighted that Ricky is joining us and look forward to the leadership and wealth of international media experience he will bring to one of the most strategically important areas of Turner International. His vast experience in the region, his successes in launching and establishing channel brands both locally and regionally, his experience in local content production, as well as his deep understanding of sales and marketing, make him the ideal choice to lead our business in the Asia Pacific region into the next stage of growth. Looking with fresh eyes at our business as a true leader, he will be a strong addition to Turner International. We all look forward to working with him to extend our core brands and build international scale."

Ow added: "I am very excited to join Turner and it is an honour to work with Gerhard and the team that has built some of the most valuable media brands in the world including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Pogo and Turner Classic Movies. This is an opportunity to leverage on our incredible heritage of creativity and innovation to grow a dynamic portfolio of iconic brands, to develop new ventures and to strengthen relevance and value for our viewers, partners and the business community."

Turner broadcasts 41 channels in 12 languages in 40 countries throughout Asia Pacific. Leading channels in the region include CNN International, CNNj, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Pogo, Adult Swim, TCM, Tru-TV, Mondo-TV, Tabi and Q-TV, as well as HBO and the WB-channel.