Head of Asia, Wattpad Studios
Dexter Ong is Head of Asia for Wattpad Studios. He oversees Wattpad Studio’s expansion in Asian markets, working with local entertainment studios, producers and writers to turn Wattpad stories into film, television, print and digital projects.
Wattpad is the largest social storytelling platform in nearly every market on the planet, with a global community of more than 65 million users, including more than 17 million people in Southeast Asia who spend billions of minutes on the platform every month. The company has previously partnered with the TV5 Network in the Philippines to co-produce the Wattpad Presents anthology series. The show produced 250 episodes based on Wattpad stories.
Previously, Ong was the Director of Corporate Development for 21st Century Fox Asia, where he developed corporate strategies for production and digital video products. Prior to 21st Century Fox, Ong was with CA Media, the Asia arm of The Chernin Group, where he led content development for NET TV.
Based in Hong Kong, Dexter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.
65 million people spend 22 billion minutes a month on Wattpad, reading and writing stories in 50+ languages on a platform that has, so far, raised more than US$117 million from international investors, including China’s Tencent. The story-telling platform’s Asia head, Dexter Ong, talks about Asian writers’ participation in a global movement, what young and not-so-young storytellers in the region care enough about to share, what deploying machine learning to drive engagement and data to boost development really means, and how Wattpad is working with broadcasters, studios and brands to create double/triple-dip hits.