Chee Kong Cheah (CheeK)
Chee Kong Cheah|
November 2, 1966
|Occupation||Director, Writer, Producer|
|Known for||The Kitchen Musical|
Chee Kong Cheah, also known as CheeK is a Malaysia-born Singaporean director, writer, TV series creator, producer and creative media executive. He is best known for the film Chicken Rice War and his work on the television series The Kitchen Musical. From 9 November 2015 - CheeK has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Content Officer at MediaCorp Singapore. Founded the creative collective a plethora of pinatas  in 2017 to explore machine learning/AI and content creation.
CheeK began his career in television and film-making in 1990 as a Producer/Director at the former Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. He is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment, films and television production in Asia. He has held various senior management positions at MTV Asia, MTV Japan and STAR TV."
Apart from his broadcasting career, CheeK is also a film and TV series maker/creator. He started in short film making and won the Best Short Film award at the Singapore International Film Festival in 1994 for his short film, Married. In 1997, he won the Best Short Film and Special Achievement with Beansprouts and Salted Fish.
CheeK wrote, produced and directed his début feature film Chicken Rice War in 2000, which garnered international awards such as the Discovery Award at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. He also achieve the Young Artist (Film) Award from The National Arts Council of Singapore that same year.
CheeK was the Executive Vice President and Head of Creative for The Group Entertainment. Since he joined The Group Entertainment, CheeK has created, directed, co-wrote and executive produced the hit TV series, The Kitchen Musical - which premiered on AXN Asia on 21 October 2011 in 19 countries across Asia. There has been strong interest in adapting the series for various markets including the USA. CheeK was also involved with Imagine Group to create The Challenger, a reality television series about Muay Thai which aired 15 September 2011 on AXN Asia which unfortunately did not achieve what was expected in the ratings.
On April 18, 2012, it has been publicly announced that The Kitchen Musical won Gold World Medal for Best Writing, and Bronze World Medal for Best Performance at the 2012 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. The Kitchen Musical was nominated for two International Emmy Awards (Best Drama Series and Best Actor) in 2012.
In October 2013, Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia Pacific (Food Network Asia, Asian Food Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV) announced that it has hired CheeK as the Head of Creative, Content and Marketing, responsible for developing and executing programming strategies, original productions, and setting the creative and marketing direction for Scripps’ channels in the region.
On 19 October 2015, MediaCorp Singapore appointed CheeK to the newly created position of Chief Content Officer to drive the content strategy and development for its extensive portfolio of entertainment products across its TV and digital platforms as well as content syndication for local and international markets. He will also oversee The Celebrity Agency.
Besides his career in the entertainment industry, CheeK is a wine and food lover with a Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET - and a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) qualification, as well as French Wine Scholar and Certified Sake Sommelier certifications. He writes a regular column about wine and food pairing on the popular Hungry Go Where site.
|1994||Married (Short Film)||Singapore International Film Festival − Best Short Film (1994)|
|1997||Bean Sprouts and Salted Fish (Short Film)||Singapore International Film Festival − Best Short Film, Special Achievement Award (1997)|
|2000||Stories About Love||Director|
|2000||Chicken Rice War||Director, Writer, Producer
2001 Toronto International Film Festival − Won
|2002||Digital Compassion 02 (Documentary)||Director|
|2011–2012||The Kitchen Musical||Director, Writer, Producer|
New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards (2012) − (Gold) Best Writing
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
- "Amelie Woos Toronto Public" Archived September 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., 2001 Toronto International Film Festival
- "'Ugly Betty' producer plans to bring 'The Kitchen Musical' to the US", August 19, 2011
- "Kitchen Musical' bags 2 awards in New York", April 18, 2012
- "New York Festivals Winners & Finalists (Singapore)" Archived April 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., April 18, 2012
- International Emmy Awards[permanent dead link] (2012)"