AsiaWorks Jakarta in April: A Quick Update

World Economic Forum on East Asia

The past month has been busy again in Jakarta with our Indonesia team providing services at the World Economic Forum on East Asia for Bloomberg, the Asia-Africa Summit for Japanese Broadcaster NHK, as well as numerous other shoots for broadcasters and corporate clients around both meetings.

One of many interviews AsiaWorks filmed during the World Economic Forum on East Asia held in Jakarta, April 19 – 21, 2015

We saw a number of familiar faces from around the region, including Haslinda Amin, who works extensively with our Singapore team in the High Flyers programme for Bloomberg, produced by AsiaWorks. Figures from the news popped up too: presidents and prime ministers from a number of countries, but business leaders as well. Below, Haslinda Amin interviews CEO of Air Asia Tony Fernandes, widely touted as Asia’s answer to Richard Branson.

Asia-Africa Summit

Yet another event at the nexus of politics and global finance, happening in the same week and in the same place, was the Asia Africa Summit. It was held on the 50th anniversary of the original Asia-Africa Conference, at which then-President Soekarno brought together the leaders of Asian and African nations, many of them newly independent, to discuss matters of importance to them and to birth the non-aligned movement during the Cold War. This time, the focus was not on opposing imperialism or neo-colonialism, but how these nations could further cooperate.

Our team was there throughout, staying up all hours of the day and night to provide rolling coverage, through our SNG, to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.


Bali Nine Executions

If our Indonesia team thought they could get some sleep after the World Economic Forum and the Asia-Africa Summit, they were wrong. Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran, and 7 others were slated for the executioner’s rifles long before April, but we finally got news before the end of April that they were to be executed on April 29th.

Our Indonesia team quickly set up two SNGs in Cilacap, close to Nusakambangan Island where the Bali Nine were held, and provided satellite transmission services for the week from there and from our studio in Jakarta.


Landing in Cilacap on a 6-seat Cessna with Myuran Sukumaran’s brother in the front seat. A distressing time for the families involved.

The Bali Nine prisoners included those from Australia, Brazil, Ghana, France, the Philippines, Nigeria, and Indonesia. Here, chaos and confusion amongst international media as further details come through prior to the execution of seven of them.

A reporter chats on his mobile phone in the early hours of the morning, right before going live through our SNG. In the left of the picture is an anti-corruption banner, a sad irony given the allegations of judicial corruption that emerged.

And Now For Something Completely Different

It wasn’t all power and money or doom and gloom in Jakarta, though: we also filmed a number of separate films and TVCs, including one for PZ Cussons. Our Jakarta and Singapore teams are also working on a series of original vignettes for HGTV on architecture and interior design. We filmed over the past weekend using three cameras, a slider, an energetic DOP, Producer/Director, and cameraman, and are editing it as we speak.

That’s it for now! Feel free to get in touch with us at – we’d love to hear from you.

Our DOP Lufty in the far corner filming a family for a vignette for HGTV. In the foreground, Producer/Director Nadia checks the shot list as Director of Operations Andrew puts down his sat ops hat and puts earphones on to run sound for a scene.

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