George Chien is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of KC Global Media Entertainment based in Los Angeles, California. In January 2020, KC Global Media announced the acquisition of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Southeast Asia and Korea Media Networks assets that covers over 25 countries with offices in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and China.
Prior to launching KC Global Media Entertainment, Chien was the Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Television Media Networks. Based at the Sony Pictures headquarters in Culver City, California, Chien led Sony's global television networks and related regional and global investments, with over 40 channels in 12 different languages, reaching nearly one billion subscribers.
Under Chien's leadership, Sony Pictures Television Networks' portfolio rapidly grew from just a handful of international channels to some of the most popular digital and linear media brands around the Asia Pacific region. These media brands include AXN, an adrenaline filled western entertainment service; ANIMAX, the premiere brand in Japanese anime; Sony Channel, the best light-hearted U.S. entertainment; ONE, best Korean dramas and variety shows; and GEM, best Japanese variety shows in partnership with NipponTv.
Chien was also a key architect in developing, launching and broadcasting the highly successful cricket league, INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (IPL) in India as well as launching HOOQ, a streaming services offering a variety of movies and series through a joint venture with Warner Brothers and SingTel.
Chien led the success of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), which for over twenty years has operated several of the most popular channels in the highly lucrative and rapidly growing Indian television market. In recent years, Sony's Indian networks have expanded the top-rated flagship Sony Entertainment Television brand through acquisitions, partnerships, and new channel launches. Recent additions to SPNI's portfolio include the joint-venture Sony ESPN and Sony BBC Earth channels, as well as the $385M acquisition of TEN Sports, India's most popular sports networks. TEN Sports acquisition was the largest M&A transaction in Sony Pictures Entertainment's history and further acknowledged in Variety Dealmaker Impact Report 2016.
In addition to the TEN Sports acquisition in India, Chien spearheaded Sony Pictures Television Networks' acquisitions and investments including the acquisition of anime company FUNIMATION, which boasts a catalog of 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands along with the FunimationNow streaming platform for worldwide English-language audiences; a new joint venture between Sony's Animax and Mitsui's Kids Station that brings together the two most-watched dedicated Anime cable channels in Japan (ANIMAX and KIDS STATION); and an investment in Dori Media's channels in Israel and Indonesia.
Sony Pictures Television Networks also prioritized the development of original programming in Asia Pacific under Chien, launching locally-produced versions of The Amazing Race Asia (winner of multiple categories at Asia Television Awards), Apprentice Asia and Asia's Got Talent (#1 reality series throughout Southeast Asia).
Prior to his most recent position at Sony, Chien spent almost a decade serving as SVP/VP of Sony Pictures Television, overseeing the financial operations of Sony's television businesses in Asia-Pacific. His previous media entertainment experience includes executive roles at Walt Disney Company and United Talent Agency. Chien started his career at Ernst & Young LLP in Miami after graduating from University of Miami.
Chien serves as alternate Board of Directors and active member for the International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences as well as final juror for Asian Academy Creative Awards. He held over 25 different board positions and directorships on behalf of Sony Pictures that included serving on HBO Asia, HBO India, TV1 and Showtime Australia compensation committees.
Chien is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.