Centre for Content Promotion

Government Support for Creators

Government Support for Creators

Insight & Analysis Lecture Series


Admission is free, but seats may be limited. Attendance is by registration only. Please register by 10 Feb 2017.

Time and Date

Friday, 17 February 2017

4.00pm to 5.45pm
(Registration starts from 3.30pm onwards)


SMU Administration Building, Function Room 4.1, Level 4, 81 Victoria Street Singapore 188065

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3.30pm Registration

Welcome Address by Professor Calboli

Lecture by Mr. Weatherley

Comments by Mr. Perkins

Discussion Moderated by Mr. Rittman

Reception & End of Event

Public CPD Points

1.5 points (provided SILE’s CPD Attendance Policy is complied with)

Practice Area

Intellectual Property

Training Level


The Centre for Content Promotion (CCP) and the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA) have partnered on a thought leadership initiative which aims at exploring and discussing current and emerging political, legal, and business developments in the areas of creativity, innovation, and commerce. The initiative consists on a series of lectures featuring acclaimed international speakers and compelling topics —the Insight & Analysis Lecture Series.

The lectures will take place at Singapore Management University. Guest speakers will have an allocated time for their presentations, followed by engagement with a distinguished commentator and a Q&A session with audience attendees. Each lecture will be followed by a reception, which will provide further opportunities for informal networking between the speakers and attendees.



The creative industries — defined as those that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property – are important components of modern post-industrial knowledge-based economies. Not only do they account for higher than average growth and job creation, these industries are also vehicles of national identity that play an important role in fostering cultural diversity. Governments around the world play an important and significant role in nurturing the creative industries through financial incentives, public awareness, legislative infrastructures, regulatory support, and resource allocations. The United Kingdom, in particular, is a global leader in this regard and has over the past five years developed a number of policy initiatives evidencing its support for the creative industries. This lecture will provide an inside look into one government’s perspective for promoting and protecting intellectual property rights as a national priority.

SPEAKER — Mike Weatherley

Mike Weatherley served as an elected member of Parliament in the United Kingdom from 2010 – 2015, and during that time was named as the first-ever Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister. His fresh approach to raising awareness for intellectual property rights and promoting creativity included the Rock the House and Film the House competitions, involving direct engagement between Parliamentarians, musicians, and filmmakers. As the IP Advisor to the Honorable David Cameron, he authored four internationally acclaimed reports on the future direction of intellectual property that drew attention both inside and outside of the House and is credited with a number of IP policy reform initiatives now in place in the U.K.. Mike will share his experiences during a presentation on February 17th entitled ‘Government Support for Creators: Lessons from the UK.’

COMMENTATOR — Graham Perkins

Graham Perkins is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Eastern Sound Temple and has 25 years’ experience working at leading firms in Asia in management positions including Adobe, Apple, Fender, MTV and Republic Polytechnic. He is the founding President and currently the Chairman of the Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO). He has worked extensively with Singapore Government agencies including the National Arts Council, the Media Development Authority, the Singapore Tourism Board, and the Workforce Development Agency as well as major brands in music sponsorship and events. Most recently he has been Executive Producer to Indonesian music labels Musica Studios and Trinity Production.

MODERATOR — Frank Rittman

Frank Rittman is Founding Director of the Centre for Content Promotion. An independent consultant operating primarily in the fields of media, entertainment, and cross-market development, Frank most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Deputy Managing Director and Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Officer for the Motion Picture Association, a trade association representing six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. Prior to that Frank was the Vice President of International Affairs for the National Music Publishers’ Association and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. A native New Yorker, Frank began his career as the Director of Contracts & Copyrights for the Macmillan Publishing Company and his professional appointments include serving as a former Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Entertainment Law Committee, as well as on the Board of Directors of CASBAA, the non-profit association representing the pay-TV interests in the Asia Pacific region.


Irene Calboli is Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Visiting Professor, and Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), School of Law, Singapore Management University. She is also a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. Before joining SMU, Irene held a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore from 2012 to 2015. She is a prolific author and has published several books, articles, and reports on a varieties of areas of intellectual property law. Her current scholarship focuses on the intersection between intellectual property and international trade. Irene is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an associate member of the Singapore Academy of Law. She is currently serving, inter alia, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools and a member of the Legislation and Regulation Committee of the International Trademark Association.

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. This includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

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