CEO, Viu and Managing Director, PCCW Media Group
Janice Lee is CEO, Viu and Managing Director, PCCW Media Group overseeing the company’s media strategy and business operations. Ms. Lee founded video streaming service Viu with the core team within PCCW and spearheaded the company’s internationaliSation of its media business that now spans 16 markets across Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Middle East and South Africa.
She has also been in charge of the group’s media and entertainment businesses including its pay TV service, Now TV and free TV service, Viu TV.
Janice has over 25 years of experience in media and entertainment.
Regional streaming platform Viu has overtaken Netflix in Southeast Asia, adding 1.9 million new subscribers in the first half of this year for a total of 7 million paying subs. In a recent report, analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA) also said Viu had 17% of premium online video consumption in Southeast Asia, ahead of rival regionals, WeTV and iQiyi. Earlier in August, Viu reported a 37% year-on-year rise in monthly active users to 49.4 million in the first six months of this year, paid subscribers grew by 62% to over seven million, and revenue was up 47%. The platform is now looking at a strong second half, with a new Korean original, “We Are Breaking Up” starring Song Hye Kyo (“Descendants of the Sun”), a strong slate of Southeast Asian originals, and rights to a slate of premium titles to follow wins such as “Penthouse” and “The Long Ballad”. Janice Lee, Viu’s Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Director of PCCW Media Group, talks about Viu’s Asian content in a much more competitive environment and maintaining the platform’s position as the home of Asian drama.