Veteran producer and executive Jessica Kam-Engle has been appointed by The Walt Disney Company to head content and development in the Asia Pacific region. The hire is one of several management changes across the company’s media and entertainment distribution segment, which includes the direct-to-consumer, studio distribution, media networks, and content distribution businesses.
Until last year Kam-Engle was head of original production at HBO Asia. Between 2008-2016 she was an independent film producer based in Beijing and Hong Kong. During that time she produced 10 feature films including critically acclaimed “The Piano in a Factory” and blockbuster “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Prior to this, Jessica held various regional marketing and sales roles at Hong Kong studio Celestial Pictures. She has also held roles at MTV Asia, MGM Gold Network, Dow Jones Newswires and began her career as a finance intern at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank in 1995.
She will report to Luke Kang, president, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, and be expected to lead Disney’s initiatives in locally-relevant original content. “Content and development teams in each APAC market will report to her, as well as their respective in-market leaders. As the group rolls out the various iterations of the Disney Plus streaming platform in Asia, they will be responsible for developing, producing, and acquiring content to expand the direct-to-consumer offerings.
“(Kam-Engle’s) expertise, extensive range of experiences, and production achievements will accelerate our ambitions to deliver world-class content from the region to audiences in the Asia Pacific region and beyond,” said Kang in a statement.
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