Asia Society Honors 'Oscar' CEO Dawn Hudson at U.S.-China Film Summit for Expanding the Academy
* Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and groundbreaking filmmaker Zhang Yang added as honorees
* New speakers include Tang Media Partners CEO Donald Tang and ‘The Fast and The Furious’ director Rob Cohen
* Actor Ludi Lin will emcee the Gala; guests include actors Celina Jade and Zhang Jingchu, and former MTV China host Lisa Li
LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2017 — Asia Society Southern California will honor Dawn Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and writer/director Zhang Yang at the eighth annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Wednesday, November 1.
They will join Bona Film Group CEO Yu Dong and filmmaker Feng Xiaogang as this year’s honorees.
Hudson will be honored for envisioning and creating a more inclusive global film industry. At Film Independent, she championed indie filmmakers. At the Academy, she has initiated reforms to profoundly broaden membership, including adding many Asian and Asian-American members.
Zhang will be honored at the Film Summit conference for his award-winning, groundbreaking films. The stories he tells, often drawn from real events, resonate deeply because of his sensitivity, humanity and cinematic genius. Asia Society, in partnership with the Asian World Film Festival, will screen Zhang’s Paths of the Souls on October 31 at 2 p.m.
"Dawn has been a force of nature in the entertainment industry for decades," said Janet Yang, Chair of the Film Summit and an Academy member. "Now as CEO of the Academy, she has taken the single most august entertainment institution and fully injected it with the principles of inclusion and innovation. I am so proud to be working with the Academy under Dawn’s leadership to expand its reaches deep into Asia and the rest of the world."
The most prestigious U.S. gathering of Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders, Asia Society’s Film Summit will feature "Spotlight" speakers, such as Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Co-Production Corporation, Charles H. Rivkin, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Donald Tang, CEO of Tang Media Partners and one of the most prolific deal-makers in U.S.-China entertainment. Discussion topics for the panels and "Spotlight" segments include: building film franchises in China and the U.S.; how digital content and distribution are changing the game, innovative partnerships, and the new realities of financing China-U.S. films. This signature Asia Society event will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. The Gala Dinner will follow at 6:00 p.m. PST.
Asia Society Southern California produces the Film Summit in cooperation with Beijing Film Academy and with the support of organizations including, the Motion Picture Association of America, China Onscreen, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Producers Guild of America, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, USC US-China Institute, and the Hong Kong Association of Southern California.
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major cultural centers in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, DC, and Zurich.