Group Managing Partner/Head, investments
Aurora Media Holdings/Aurora Global Media Capital
Justin Deimen is the principal and managing partner of the USD30m Aurora Global Media Capital fund, Southeast Asia’s largest private content and media investment entity focusing on entertainment properties and media assets worldwide.
Bridging a deep understanding of financing structures and creative ambitions, Deimen is also the co-founder and executive director of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), a non-profit creative producing network seeking to unify media producers, creative entrepreneurs, and media investors around ASEAN. In addition, he is a member of the EAVE network of European producers through co-organising the Ties That Bind Co-Production Workshop.
Most recently, he co-founded the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum, the region’s only media financing platform that engages and educates stakeholders from both the creative and financial sectors in developing modern modes of entertainment financing.
In a varied career of being a creative executive, film critic, media strategist, screenwriter, producer, and now financier, Deimen worked for Hyde Park Imagenation, VH1, Fox Searchlight, The Village Voice, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam before returning to Singapore to produce award-winning documentaries, digital content, animation series, and narrative feature films with a global perspective. He has also worked with UBS and Pictet & Cie in Singapore to structure viable alternative asset funds to invest and gap finance media projects around the world for various platforms and philanthropic causes.
A film journalist by training and a cineaste at heart, he has also written and edited for publications based in Singapore, Amsterdam, London and New York. He is one of the few writers in the region officially accredited with the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) after his stint in Europe programming film festivals and writing film criticism.
"There's always enough smart money -- producers just need to learn to be more lean and scaleable, and not expect financiers to take up heavy-lifting on their overheads," says Aurora Media Holdings' Group Managing Partner and Head of Investments. Agree? Disagree? Both of the above? A discussion on the state of original production funding and financing in Asia in 2017, including a look at the money supply and where it's going and, if there's not enough, why and what can be done about it; whether (or not) streaming platforms are the next great hope for producers in Asia; finding new money and resources and raising awareness for diversity and a broader range of stories; and ideas sharing on how the industry could be thinking about funding more originals.