Disney+ hires Ahmad Izham Omar for South-East Asia role


Ahmad Izham Omar will be responsible for developing and producing original programming as well as acquiring content for Disney . Photo: Handout

The Walt Disney Company South-East Asia has announced the appointment of Ahmad Izham Omar as executive director of content & creative for its streaming service Disney+. The direct-to-consumer service has not yet launched in most of the region.

The appointment has immediate effect. Ahmad Izham will be based in Singapore and report to Amit Malhotra, regional lead, emerging markets, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific.

Ahmad Izham will be responsible for developing and producing original programming as well as acquiring content, ensuring end-to-end title launch readiness, the company said. He will also oversee the production of surround content for major sports and general entertainment programs.

Within South-East Asia, Disney+ has only launched in Indonesia to date. There it hatched a partnership with leading local player Telkomsel and branded the service Disney Plus Hotstar. No date has been given for further regional rollout.

“(Ahmad Izham) joins the team at an important juncture when Disney+ is expanding its footprint in South-East Asia, and his strategic vision, breadth of experience and outstanding leadership will be key in steering Disney’s creative engine and delighting subscribers with the magic of our storytelling,” said Malhotra in a statement.

Ahmad Izham was previously CEO of Primeworks Studios at Media Prima. He began his media career in 2003 by launching 8TV, and within Media Prima was involved in the launch of streaming service Tonton. Ahmad Izham is also a multi award-winning music producer, arranger, songwriter and musician, having worked with artistes including Faizal Tahir, Siti Nurhaliza, Too Phat and Relish. – Reuters

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