For YCM CEO Series 28, we have the privilege of hosting Ahmad Izham Omar, Executive Director of 8TV.
ith a mission to always produce something new, exciting and different, Ahmad Izham Omar has ignited the different industries that he has launched businesses in.
In 8TV he created a strong Malaysian TV brand. Breaking-even in a record 18 months, 8TV continues to create impact with innovative productions, even receiving global recognition for creative excellence. He now holds the post of Executive Director of 8TV, after serving as CEO.
As Media Prima’s Head Of Radio, he also launched Malaysia’s top radio stations Hot FM, Fly FM and One FM, three household names in the radio industry.
Well-known for his music ventures, Izham started his career with the legendary multiple award-winning Positive Tone record label in 1994, producing boundary-breaking music that captured the imagination of the nation and creating superstars like Too Phat, Innuendo and OAG. He sold the label to EMI, becoming EMI Malaysia’s A&R Director as well as being the Managing Director of Positive Tone. In 2009, he launched a new record label called Monkey Bone, housing some of the nation’s biggest stars like Faizal Tahir.
A multi award-winning music producer, arranger, songwriter and musician, Izham has worked on albums from artists including Faizal Tahir, Jaclyn Victor, Innuendo, Siti Nurhaliza, Ferhad, Poetic Ammo, Too Phat, Malique and Camelia. He has won multiple AIM and Anugerah Juara Lagu awards. Izham has also worked with artists from around the world, including an album released in the UK by the group Relish.
In 2009, Izham was given additional responsibilities as CEO of Alt Media, leading the broadcasting industry’s foray into new media. He launched a world-class video portal called tonton. The portal sits on a leading-edge Intelligent Media Platform, heralded as a breakthrough by the global industry.
Izham has been awarded Most Promising Entrepreneur Award by Enterprise Asia and was also accepted to be a delegate in the prestigious Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader’s Summit. Izham was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by VIMA (Voice of Independent Music Awards) for his contribution to music.
Izham is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Asian Television Awards and is a Trustee of Yayasan 1Malaysia. He is also currently Vice Chairperson of MACP, a music performing-rights collection society. Izham was also once Chairman of the AIM awards and a council member of the Malaysian Music Academy.
A regular speaker on the entertainment, broadcasting and marketing seminar circuit, Izham has also lectured Music Business Operations and Management courses at the International College Of Music (ICOM).
He currently writes a monthly column in The New Straits Times called “For The Record” where he talks about all things music and creativity. He also writes on “Off The Record” located in www.8tv.com.my, his Facebook pages and on his Twitter account at @AhmadIzhamOmar.
Date: Wednesday, 10th November 2010
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Dress Code: Just turn up in your working clothes
Venue: Dahlia Conference Room, Nikko Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Light food and beverages will be provided, FOC!