The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia has recently announced the hiring of Ahmad Izham Omar as an executive director for its streaming platform, Disney Plus (Disney+).
The appointment, which has an immediate effect, could be one of the steps taken by the company to implement the streaming platform in this region.
Izham was previously the CEO at Media Prima’s Primeworks Studios before leaving the position last month. His new role as Disney Plus’ Executive Director of Content & Creative will see the Malaysian based in our neighbouring country, Singapore.
According to Variety, Izham will be tasked to develop and produce original shows, as well as acquire new content for the streaming platform. It is added that he will also supervise the productions of surround content for sports and general entertainment programs.
The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific’s emerging markets regional lead, Amit Malhotra, said, “(Ahmad Izham Omar) joins the team at an important juncture when Disney Plus is expanding its footprint in Southeast 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.”
Omar made his mark in the media industry in 2003 by launching the iconic 8TV, and played a big part in setting up Media Prima’s streaming platform, Tonton. We hope with this appointment, Disney+ will be launched into our market soon enough.