Coconuts is Asia’s leading alternative media company.
Our mission is to inform and entertain by telling true stories that matter to our audience through a wide portfolio of publications and in-house studios.
- Coconuts: fresh and juicy news on what’s happening in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Yangon, and beyond.
- BK Magazine: Bangkok’s leading source for what’s new and cool in the city, including the best places to eat and hang out.
- Soimilk: a daily dose of lifestyle news for Thailand’s digital-savvy youth.
- Coconuts TV: world-class documentary programs on weird and wondrous stories from Asia for broadcast TV and streaming platforms.
- Grove: our in-house brand studio that ideates and manages creative campaigns for leading international brands to run on Coconuts publications and beyond.
Each month, we reach an audience of millions across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong through digital, print, audio, and video.
Our passions are simple and unwavering: journalism, the media industry, and telling the untold stories of our region.
Chayanit ‘Milk’ Itthipongmaetee
Bangkok Food & Lifestyle EditorChayanit “Milk” Itthipongmaetee is a seven-year veteran of online journalism in Thailand, covering everything from street protests and gender issues to weed, subcultures, and a wrecked liver’s worth of bars. Formerly an intern at Coconuts Bangkok and full-time reporter at Khaosod English, Milk rejoined Coconuts Bangkok in July 2019.
Indonesia Managing Editor
Andra was born in Indonesia, raised in Qatar, and went to university in Canada and Australia. Now he calls Jakarta home for the time being, where he appeared on your screens with Kompas TV before going on to work with Coconuts Media. Andra is now in his sixth year at Coconuts, having started as an Associate Editor for Coconuts Jakarta and, most recently, being promoted to Indonesia Managing Editor in 2019, a role in which he oversees all editorial content from the archipelago nation.
Regional Managing Editor: Bangkok, Singapore, Yangon
Todd Ruiz began journalism in late 2001 traveling to the front lines in Afghanistan and worked as a newspaper staff writer in his native Los Angeles. He graduated with honors in Journalism from the University of La Verne and has been following Thai politics and news since first coming to Bangkok in 2000. He’s been living here since 2009 and now runs Coconuts’ editorial ops in Bangkok, Singapore, and Yangon. Todd would love to hear tips on everything from human rights issues and street food to necromancy and underground music.
Singapore Associate Editor
Carolyn is an Associate Editor in Singapore. Before joining Coconuts, she was freelance writing for media companies specializing in arts and film and handled communications and social media marketing for a mural painting studio in Singapore. To her, a completed painting brings the same amount of joy and satisfaction as completing a written piece of work. Carolyn graduated with honors from the University at Buffalo, New York under Singapore Institute of Management with a BA in Arts and Communications.
Komkrit ‘Puu’ Klinkaeo
Puu brings over two decades of publishing experience to Grove, where he works as Production Manager. He joined Asia City Media Group, the former publisher of BK and Soimilk, in 2009. Before that, he managed production for several fashion magazines, as well as lifestyle magazines like MTV Tracks magazine and Men’s Health Thailand. Since 2000, he has also supervised the creation of many different pocket books for independent Thai publishers. In his spare time, he stays busy with art, design, and crafts projects and sharpens his mind with daily gym and meditation sessions.
Noranartta ‘Nora’ Chaikum
Nora has worked in Journalism for 9 years. She spent 2 years in Korea, attending the Yonsei University Korean Language Institute in Seoul and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Sripatum University in Thailand. Her personal social media platforms are full of movie and football-related content. Before joining Soimilk, she was a reporter and newscaster at Voice TV, Bangkok.
Wattana ‘Mac’ Duangsringam
Coconuts TV Camera Operator & Editor
Mac joined Coconuts TV in 2018 as a videographer and editor for both documentary and commercial projects. He has shot and edited videos for Grab, Line, and Singapore Council for Estate Agencies, among others. He recently co-produced the Coconuts TV original short documentary THAILAND’S TRASH ISLAND, which was recognized for excellence by the Asian Academy Creative Awards.
Head of Post Production
Rayner is an award winning Lead Editor and Story Producer who has 16 years of experience working on the biggest productions across Asia. His work has been diverse – television commercials and branded content for for DBS, McDonald’s, Shell, Nike and Coca Cola and global reality shows like Asia’s Got Talent, The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Next Top Model. He is consistently seeking to bring stories to life and produce exciting, entertaining and highly engaging content.
Coconuts TV Head of Content & Production
After graduating from the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts, Vim has spent more than 18 years across the world producing content for TV, film and digital platforms. With almost a decade at NBC Universal in development programming, he’s also worked on various projects for Hulu and Netflix. From branded content to feature films, he has a proven track record of success with brands (P&G, Unilever, Apple, Google ), agencies (Ogilvy, OMD, Publicis, Group M) and networks (NBC, DIVA, USA, Bravo). He believes strongly that the best content is created when the Art of Storytelling meets the Science of Data.
Chidapha ‘Nok’ Srai
Nok is a documentary producer who is passionate about a wide range of storytelling formats. In her 20s, she has already produced 40 documentaries with ThaiPBS channel, requiring 19 trips in 25 months across Asia. She also worked as a freelancer with international media outlets including The Guardian, Financial Times, Stern magazine. At Coconuts TV, she attempts to utilize her multi-skills and interests to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary.
Thana ‘Jae’ Thanapornrapee
Coconuts TV Camera Operator & Editor
Thana Thanapornrapee joined the Coconuts TV team in 2014, serving as a videographer and editor producing documentary and commercial projects around Southeast Asia for 4 years. He has produced documentaries for Netflix, iflix and a travel video series for Coconuts called Siam Island Hopper sponsored by Singha Beer.
Business Director & Head of Account Management
Dietrich has over 10 years’ experience in publishing, journalism and content creation, including extensive experience at international publications across Canada and Thailand. Before joining Grove as the Business Director, Dietrich was the Head of Asia City Studio – an in-house branded content department for Asia City Media Group. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Operations & Talent
Clarissa heads operations and hiring across the Coconuts offices. A multitasker by nature, she has also taken on the role of Production Manager for numerous branded and Coconuts Media original videos, including projects for Discovery, iflix, and Toggle. She has over 10 years’ experience in office administration with a special interest in event planning, marketing, and client liaison. Clarissa holds a BA (Hons) in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Manita ‘Mim’ Satra
Thailand HR and Finance Officer
Manita “Mim” Satra handles admin, finance, and HR for the Coconuts Bangkok office. Before joining Coconuts, she spent some time in the UK before returning to Thailand to work in business solutions and customer service. Mim holds a BA from Silpakorn University, majoring in French. She loves to travel and is somewhat of a make up and beauty guru in her spare time.
Philip joined Coconuts as Tech Lead in 2017. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, and worked there before moving to Singapore in 2005 where he has been based since. Prior to working at Coconuts, he was with Singapore Press Holdings, building and managing websites across multiple industries, including e-commerce, news, property and the jobs portal. When he is not busy building websites, you can find him at home, building model kits.
FOUNDER & CEO
FOUNDER & CEO
Byron is the Founder and CEO of Coconuts Media. He was Executive Producer for Coconuts TV productions for Netflix, Discovery, MTV, iflix, and Mediacorp. Byron has led production of branded content and advertising on Coconuts for brands including Hilton, Mercedes-Benz, Grab, Johnnie Walker, MasterCard, Singapore Tourism Board, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Singha Beer. Before founding Coconuts Media in Bangkok in 2011, Byron worked as an editor for Hollywood trade magazine Variety; Cambodia’s English language newspaper The Phnom Penh Post, and local city magazine San Francisco. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.