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Asia Society Southern California Presents Eighth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner, Nov. 1

LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2017— Asia Society Southern California will present the eighth annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Wednesday, November 1. 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.

The most prestigious U.S. gathering of Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders, Asia Society’s Film Summit is delighted to welcome as “Spotlight” speakers Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Co-Production Corporation, and Charles H. Rivkin, in his new role as CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. The program examines timely issues through panel discussions and more intimate conversations than ever.

Asia Society Southern California is also pleased to announce two honorees:

Yu Dong, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bona Film Group, will be honored for his film industry leadership. A pioneering producer and marketer, Yu was among the first graduates of the Beijing Film Academy’s management school. He founded and built Bona into one of China’s leading non-state-owned film companies. In 2010, Bona’s listing on NASDAQ made it the first China-based film company to trade in the U.S. Yu has led successful investments and collaborations with Hollywood, most recently launching a film fund with Creative Artists Agency and backing the Mark Gordon Company’s production of Midway.

Feng Xiaogang, one of China’s most popular, successful and acclaimed filmmakers, will receive a lifetime achievement award. A writer, director and actor, Feng is often called China’s Steven Spielberg. His repertoire ranges from comedy to action and drama. Two of his films—Aftershock and Back to 1942—were submitted by China as entries for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. His 2016 film, I Am Not Madame Bovary, a satirical look at Chinese bureaucracy through the tale of a peasant woman seeking justice against her philandering husband, won multiple awards. Feng’s soon-to-be-released film, Youth, chronicles a People’s Liberation Army dance troupe from the Culture Revolution to the 1990s.

“Despite economic and political challenges in the past year, Hollywood and China have forged ahead with new models of collaboration,” said Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski. “Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit enhances these ties by connecting industry and cultural leaders to share ideas and celebrate pioneers in international film.”

The daylong Film Summit will open with a keynote address by Rivkin, who brings to the MPAA a sterling background in diplomacy and business. Before serving as U.S. Ambassador to France and then Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs under President Obama, Rivkin had a distinguished career in media as President and CEO of firms like The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain.

Other featured speakers include:

Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO, Perfect Village Entertainment Group
Tomas Jegeus, President, Fox International Productions
Jie Lian, Chairman, Perfect Village Entertainment Group
Wendy Reeds, Executive Vice President, Lionsgate
Yu Jianhong, Vice President, Beijing Film Academy
Catherine Zhang, Director of International Content Creation, Youku Tudou
“Spotlight” conversations and high-level panel discussions include:

Studio Row: After years of laying foundations, Hollywood studios have clearer China strategies
High-Flying Franchises: How the Fast and Furious and Wolf Warrior films soared to success
Perfecting Partnerships: Perfect Village Pictures, Tang Media Group and other new collaboration models
Digital Disruption: How digital marketing and distribution are changing the game
Indies, Indeed! Independent films are finding investors and audiences in unexpected places
“From Feng Xiaogang, the ‘Spielberg of China,’ to CEO’s of major entertainment companies, to digital media leaders, to independent filmmakers who are paving the way for new audiences, we have the most dynamic and successful players at the nexus of Chinese and American entertainment,” said Janet Yang, Chair of the Film Summit and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Our Film Summit is the most fun, informative and classy event of its kind.”

The Film Summit will also screen several of Feng Xiaogang’s films, including the Los Angeles premiere of Youth, in partnership with China Onscreen and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In cooperation with Creative Artists Agency, the Film Summit will screen Wolf Warrior 2, this summer’s phenomenon that is the highest-grossing film ever in China.

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, Producers Guild of America, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, USC US-China Institute, and the Hong Kong Association of Southern California.


Asia Society

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.

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Oct 27, 2016 

U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT
The Academy Comes to Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit; CEO Dawn Hudson to Speak at Gala Dinner

November 1 and 2, 2016

It only gets better, so don’t miss out on the Seventh Annual U.S.-China Film Summit next Tuesday and Gala Dinner on Wednesday!

Asia Society Southern California is honored to announce that Dawn Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will address our Gala Dinner. Before becoming the Academy’s CEO in 2011, Hudson grew Film Independent from a small nonprofit group into a nationally recognized arts institution.

She runs the Academy at a time of bold initiatives to enhance diversity among the membership. Also at the Gala will be Academy Governor Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who directed Kung Fu Panda 3 and will introduce honoree Melissa Cobb of Oriental DreamWorks for her award. Cobb is speaking at the Film Summit too, as is Film Summit Co-Chair, Janet Yang, a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy’s Producers Branch.

We’re delighted to welcome back another academy: Beijing Film Academy, which received the Film Education Legacy Award last year. BFA returns to the Film Summit as Asia Society Southern California’s China Educational and Cultural Partner. WU Manfang, Dean of BFA’s School of Management, will lead a BFA delegation and introduce our Film Summit honoree, Director CAO Baoping, a BFA graduate who still teaches screenwriting there when he’s not making a film. BFA is the preeminent film school in Asia, and we’re proud to be its partner.

If you’re looking for market intelligence, thought-provoking discussions and insights from the leading dealmakers, animators and digital-entertainment thinkers, you’ll find it all at the Film Summit. William Pfeiffer, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Globalgate Entertainment has joined as a speaker. Globalgate is backed by Lionsgate, Televisa and other major media companies. Pfeiffer has more than 30 years’ experience in Asia producing English- and local-language films and TV shows.

In addition to our superb roster of speakers, and honorees Cobb and Cao, we’re honoring:

James Wang, Vice Chairman and CEO, Huayi Brothers Media
LU Chuan, Writer, Director and Producer – and himself a BFA graduate

It’s the best U.S.-China Film Summit yet!
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Oct 27, 2016 

2016 U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner
November 1 and 2, 2016
AGENDA, TOPICS AND HONOREES

 

SUMMIT

November 1
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

8:00–9:00       Registration and Opening Reception

9:00–9:10       Opening Remarks

9:10–9:25       Spotlight: The World’s Two Biggest Film Markets – a Contrast in Styles
                       Michael Ellis, Asia-Pacific President and Managing Director, Motion Picture
                       Association

9:25–10:20     Treasure Hunt: China Seeks Global Talent, Hollywood Seeks Sources
                       of Finance
                       Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
                       Speakers:
                       • ZHOU Yuan, Founder and Executive Vice President, Linmon Pictures
                       • Michelle Yang, President, Vantage Entertainment 
                       • William Pfeiffer, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
                       Globalgate Entertainment

10:20-10:45    Executive Spotlight: ZHANG Wei, President, Alibaba Pictures
                       Jeff Small, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Amblin Partners
                       In conversation with Janet Yang, Managing Director of Creative Content,
                       Tang Media Partners

10:45-11:10    Talent Spotlight: Jon M. Chu, director of Now You See Me and Step Up movies
                       In conversation with John Penotti, Co-Founder, Ivanhoe Pictures, and
                       President, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

11:10-12:05    Animation’s New Realm: The Rising Opportunities and Stakes
                       Moderator: Stephen Saltzman, Partner, Entertainment Practice, Loeb & 
                       Loeb 
                       Speakers:
                       • Melissa Cobb, Head of Studio and Chief Creative Officer, Oriental
                       DreamWorks
                       • Bob Bacon, Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Animation
                       • Harley Zhao, President and Chief Executive Officer, Original Force

12:05–1:20     Lunch

1:20–2:15       Doing the Right Thing: The Evolving Art of Making International
                      Co-Productions
                      Moderator: Sanjay Sood, Director, Center for Management of Enterprise in
                      Media, Entertainment and Sports, UCLA Anderson School of Management
                      Speakers:
                      • Charlie Coker, Managing Director, Dasym Media
                      • Mark Lazarus, Head of Creative and Acquisitions, Arclight Films Australia
                      • Sheri Jeffrey, Partner, Hogan Lovells
                      • LIU Kailuo, Chief Executive Officer, Heyi Pictures
                      • MIAO Xiaotian, President, China Film Co-Production Corporation

2:15-2:20       Film Summit Honoree: CAO Baoping, U.S.-China Film Talent Award
                      Introduced by WU Manfang, Dean, School of Management, Beijing Film 
                      Academy 

2:20-2:40       Talent Spotlight: CAO Baoping, Writer, Director and Producer
                      In conversation with Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society

2:40-3:00       Executive Spotlight: Stuart Ford, Chief Executive Officer, IM Global
                      In conversation with Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank

3:00-3:30       Afternoon Break

3:30-4:25       The Future of Filmed Content: Virtual Reality, Location-Based
                      Entertainment and Beyond 
                      Moderator: Thomas E. McLain, Chairman, Asia Society Southern California, 
                      and Attorney, Hogan Lovells
                      Speakers:
                      • Joshua Wexler, Chief Executive of Fun, iP2Entertainment
                      • Michael Corrigan, Managing Director, CP Enterprises
                      • Lisa Wang, General Counsel, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation
                      • Ray Braun, Principal, Entertainment + Culture Advisors

4:25-4:50       Talent Spotlight: LU Chuan, Writer, Director and Producer
                      In conversation with Jonathan Landreth, Managing Editor, ChinaFile

4:50-5:45       Film’s Digital Frontier: China’s Digital Content Promise and Lessons
                      for Hollywood
                      Moderator: Bing CHEN, Digital Pioneer and Entrepreneur
                      Speakers:
                      • Luke Xiang, Vice President, Beijing Weiying Technology Co.
                      • David Hutkin, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, The 
                      Weinstein Co.
                      • Victor Wang, Co-Founder, ZhenFund
                      • YANG Ming, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Papi
                      • Andy Zhang, Chief Operating Officer, Panda TV

5:45–5:50      Closing Remarks

5:50-7:00       No Host Reception

GALA DINNER

November 2
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

6:00–7:15       Gala Reception

7:15–9:00       Gala Dinner Honorees:

                       2016 U.S.-China Film Industry Leadership Award:
                       James Wang, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 
                       Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

                       2016 U.S.-China Film Collaboration Award:
                       Melissa Cobb, Head of Studio and Chief Creative Officer
                       Oriental DreamWorks

                       2016 U.S.-China Talent Award:
                       LU Chuan, Writer, Director and Producer 

 

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October 9, 2016

ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRESENTS THE SEVENTH ANNUAL
 U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER NOVEMBER 1-2, 2016
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Honorees Include Huayi Brothers Vice Chairman and CEO James Wang; Oriental DreamWorks Head of Studio Melissa Cobb, Director Cao Baoping
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Thought Leaders, Top Executives and Talent to Discuss China’s Mounting Bet on Hollywood, Animation, the Future of Digital and Immersive Entertainment

LOS ANGELES – October 9, 2016 – Asia Society Southern California will present the Seventh Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Tuesday, November 1. This flagship event will be held at UCLA’s elegant new Luskin Conference Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST. The Gala Dinner will be on Wednesday, November 2, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The most prestigious U.S. gathering of Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders, Asia Society’s Film Summit is delighted to welcome again Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Co-Production Corporation. The program will feature panels examining timely issues and will introduce “Talent Spotlight” and “Executive Spotlight” keynote conversations. Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce three honorees:

James Wang (Wang Zhonglei), Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Huayi Brothers Media, will be honored for his film industry leadership. Huayi Brothers has been a pioneer, from building an entertainment conglomerate to leading China’s collaboration with Hollywood. Huayi recently announced plans to invest $250 million in a venture with directors Joseph Russo and Anthony Russo. That follows a landmark $500 million finance and distribution deal with STX Entertainment and investments in animation and virtual reality.

Melissa Cobb, Head of Studio and Chief Creative Officer of Oriental DreamWorks, will be honored for U.S.-China creative collaboration. She produced the Academy Award-nominated Kung Fu Panda movies, which have grossed over $1.8 billion worldwide. Cobb began her career producing live theatrical projects and segued to feature films, holding leadership positions at several companies, including Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox Animation. Oriental DreamWorks is a joint venture created by DreamWorks Animation SKG, China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd.

Cao Baoping, a writer and director, will be honored for his award-winning storytelling. He has explored human emotions with subtlety as well as directed compelling crime dramas that are both dark and humorous. Cao won Best Director at the 2015 Shanghai International Film Festival for The Dead End. He has won “new talent” awards in China and Europe and was selected by the Sundance Institute for its exclusive Screenwriters Lab. Cao graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and taught screenwriting there for many years.

“In the past year, collaboration between Hollywood and China has taken off in new directions, and Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit brings together the thought leaders and key people at the forefront of this dynamic relationship,” said Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society. “We’re proud to recognize honorees who represent business and creative leadership in film and efforts to build bridges between the U.S. and China.”

The daylong Film Summit will feature “Talent Spotlight” speakers, including Jon M. Chu, director of the Now You See Me and Step Up movies, and “Executive Spotlight” speakers, such as Jack Gao, CEO International Investment and Business Development of Wanda, and Michael Ellis, Asia-Pacific President and Managing Director of MPA.

Other featured speakers include:

  • Chen Rong, President, Perfect World Pictures
  • Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global
  • Bing Chen, entrepreneur and digital pioneer who led the development of YouTube
  • Papi Jiang, a leading Chinese video blogger and digital influencer
  • Josh Wexler, Chief Executive of Fun, iP2Entertainment

Panel discussions include:

  • Treasure Hunt: China’s deepening bet on Hollywood talent and America’s groundwork to develop new financing sources in China
  • Animation’s New Realm: The burgeoning opportunities and stakes in animation
  • The Future of Content: Augmented and virtual reality, gaming, location-based entertainment and beyond
  • Film’s Digital Frontier: China’s digital-content promise and lessons for Hollywood
  • Doing The Right Thing: The evolving art of making international co-productions

“The U.S. and Chinese entertainment industries are working together in ways that were unimaginable not long ago,” said Thomas E. McLain, Chairman of Asia Society Southern California and an attorney at Hogan Lovells. “From finance and talent to cutting-edge technologies and ideas that are extending film’s impact, there’s no better place than our Film Summit to understand these profound changes and opportunities they present.”

The Film Summit is presented in cooperation with Beijing Film Academy, UCLA’s China Onscreen Biennial, Motion Picture Association of America, China Hollywood Society, Producers Guild of America, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, USC US-China Institute, Women in Film, Association of Film Commissioners International, the Annenberg Film Marketing Association, and the DC Chinese Film Festival.

For additional information on Film Summit speakers and to buy tickets, please visit: http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 headquarters in New York, and centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, DC, and Zurich. For more information, go to www.asiasociety.org/southern-california.

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Juan Machado, Asia Society
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November 2, 2015

ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES
PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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U.S.-China Film Summit, the premier U.S. gathering of Hollywood and Chinese film leaders, teams up with China’s most prestigious film festival to promote international collaboration


LOS ANGELES – November 2, 2015 – Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce an event partnership between its U.S.-China Film Summit and the Shanghai International Film Festival. The agreement paves the way for cooperation between the biggest and most prestigious film festival in China and the premier U.S. gathering of Hollywood and Chinese film leaders.

Under the agreement, Asia Society Southern California and SIFF will promote, attend and participate in each other’s event to advance international film collaboration. Several SIFF officials will attend the Sixth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on November 5 in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

This year’s Film Summit features Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment, as a keynote speaker and Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Co-Production Corporation. Among the high-profile panelists are David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, Wei Zhang, President of Alibaba Pictures and Michael Andreen of 20th Century Fox. Asia Society is honoring Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Le Vision Pictures CEO Zhang Zhao and the Beijing Film Academy for their respective artistic, entrepreneurial and educational contributions to China’s globalizing film world.

“We’re excited to welcome the Shanghai International Film Festival as a partner event,” said Stephen L. Saltzman, co-chair of the U.S.-China Film Summit and a partner in the entertainment and China practice groups at international law firm Loeb & Loeb. “Like our Film Summit, SIFF is the leading event of its kind in China and a dynamic forum for building understanding between China and the global film industry.” Saltzman has attended SIFF annually since 2007 as an International Delegate.

SIFF began in 1993 and is the only competitive film festival in China that is approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. It has grown rapidly, and this year drew 2,096 film entries from 108 countries and regions for its Golden Goble and Asian New Talent awards, more than 6,000 film buyers and screened 391 films for 300,000 fans. Films from Europe, the U.S., Asia and China won Golden Goblet Awards.

“Our positioning is ‘Based in Asia, Boost Chinese Films and Foster New Talent.’ We are helping the Chinese film industry reach the international level,” said Ding Li, SIFF Deputy General Manager. “Through cooperation with the U.S.-China Film Summit, we hope we can together build a quick and complete way for communication between two countries’ film industries, capital, outstanding projects and talent.”

"I attended the very first Shanghai International Film Festival and have been to almost every one since then,” said Janet Yang, co-chair of Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit and producer of acclaimed films The Joy Luck Club, Shanghai Calling and others. “It has grown by leaps and bounds and ranks as the most popular and elegant film event in China."

The U.S.-China Film Summit is a signature Asia Society Southern California event. This year’s panels are:

  • Frontiers in Content: New Players, New Avenues in U.S.-China Collaboration
  • The China Wave: How’s Chinese Investment in Hollywood Doing and What’s Next?
  • Take Two: Overcoming Legal, Financial, Production Disconnects in Cross-Border Film
  • The Future of Movie Going: What Will it Take to Keep Film in China Growing
  • Insights From the Corner Office: Studio Heads Open Up About U.S.-China Film

For tickets and additional information on the Summit, please visit: http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 headquarters in New York, and centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to www.asiasociety.org/southern-california.

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October 21, 2015

ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ANNOUNCES
FULL SLATE OF SPEAKERS FOR
SIXTH ANNUAL U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER

NOVEMBER 5, 2015
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Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and Chief Executive Officer, IMAX Entertainment, to keynote
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New panel added: The Future of Movie Going in China

LOS ANGELES – October 21, 2015 – Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce the full line up of speakers for its Sixth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 5. This signature Asia Society Southern California event will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festive Gala Dinner, at the same venue, begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

The Summit has added Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and Chief Executive Officer of IMAX Entertainment, as a featured speaker. IMAX is a catalyst for film in China and its market impact continues to grow, with this year’s release of record-setting Chinese-language film Monster Hunt and the listing of IMAX China shares in Hong Kong. Foster will speak in conversation with Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society.

Foster joins Michael Ellis, Asia Pacific President and Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association, as a keynote speaker. At lunch, the keynote will be Hou Guangming, Chairman of the Academy Council, Beijing Film Academy, who will receive the “Film Education Legacy Award” on behalf of the Academy. BFA is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

“IMAX’s technology is driving demand from filmmakers and film audiences alike, so we’re delighted Greg Foster will play a featured role at the Film Summit,” said Jonathan Karp, Executive Director of Asia Society Southern California. “Because technology is critical to sustaining growth in China, we also have a number of panelists who are developing cutting-edge film and online sales and marketing systems.”

To further address the role of technology, the Film Summit has added a fifth panel called The Future of Movie Going. It will examine a question on the mind of every studio executive and filmmaker: What will it take to keep up China’s box-office surge? Mobile apps are key.

The full panel line up is:

Frontiers in Content: New Players, New Avenues in U.S.-China Collaboration
Moderator: Janet Yang, Producer, Shanghai Calling and The Joy Luck Club
Speakers:
Chris Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, The Third Floor, Inc.
Michael Uslan, President and Executive Producer, Branded Entertainment
WANG Hui, President, Datang Brilliant Media Co. Ltd.
Peter Kujawski, Managing Director, Universal Pictures Int’l Productions
Mike Hsu, Partner, C2M Media

The China Wave: How’s Chinese Investment in Hollywood Doing and What’s Next?
Moderator: Sheri Jeffrey, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Speakers:
Jingyan (Maggie) Huang, Managing Director, Fosun Group
Ethan Sawyer, Managing Director, Head of Entertainment Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
David Linde, Chief Executive Officer, Participant Media
Christophe Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, EuropaCorp
Mark Gao, Chairman, Fundamental Films

Take Two: Overcoming Legal, Financial, Production Disconnects in Cross-border Films
Moderator: Stephen Saltzman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb
Speakers:
Barbara Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Celadon Films
Simon Sun, Executive Vice President, Le Vision Pictures USA
CAO Yu, Partner, Haiwen & Partners
PANG Hong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kylin Films
Michael Andreen, Senior Vice President, International Productions, Twentieth Century Fox

The Future of Movie Going: What Will it Take to Keep Film in China Growing?
Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Speakers:
LIN Ning,Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Weying Technology Co.
Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
Rance Pow, President, Artisan Gateway
Kenny Wong, Counsel, Hogan Lovells
WU Man-Fang, Dean, School of Management, Beijing Film Academy

Insights From the Corner Office: Studio Heads Open Up About U.S.-China Film
Moderator: Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank
Speakers:
Jack Gao, Group Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, International Investments and Business Development, Wanda Cultural Industry Group
YU Dong, Chief Executive Officer, Bona Film Group
LI Yansong, President, iQIYI Motion Pictures
WANG Cong, Chief Strategy Officer, Huace Media Group
GAO Yang, President, Yucheng-Zhongluan Investment

The Film Summit, which is also honoring director Zhang Yimou and Le Vision Pictures Chief Executive Officer Zhang Zhao at the Gala Dinner, has attracted unprecedented support from sponsors this year, including East West Bank, Hogan Lovells and Le Vision Pictures. Among new sponsors are Chinese Internet, film and finance companies with international ambitions. This year’s Summit and Gala Sponsor is Yucheng-Zhongluan Investment, a new film fund established by investor and producer Gao Yang.

“Sino-U.S. film cooperation is the best way to develop our two countries' culture, economy and technology, and Asia Society’s Film Summit is a proven forum for advancing this collaboration,” said Gao, who is also Chairman of China S Emperor Films. “As cooperation becomes more ambitious, we hope we can develop and open the market," added Gao, who is looking to invest in U.S. film in the near future.

The Film Summit is presented in cooperation with Association of Film Commissioners International, CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), China Hollywood Society, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Motion Picture Association of America, Producers Guild of America, USC US-China Institute, and Women in Film.

For tickets and additional information on the Summit, please visit: http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 headquarters in New York, and centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to www.asiasociety.org/southern-california.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 24, 2015


ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRESENTS THE
SIXTH ANNUAL U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER NOVEMBER 5, 2015
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Honorees Include Zhang Zhao of Le Vision Pictures, Director Zhang Yimou
and Beijing Film Academy
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Summit Moves to New Location – The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LOS ANGELES – September 24, 2015 – Asia Society Southern California will present the Sixth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Thursday, November 5, 2015. This flagship Asia Society event will be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST, followed by a Gala Dinner.

Considered the premier U.S. event uniting Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders to discuss business collaboration and market trends, the Film Summit will feature a day of timely, insightful panel discussions and featured speakers.

Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce three honorees, who represent the artistic, business and educational foundation of China’s globalizing film industry.

Zhang Yimou, China’s most critically acclaimed director, will be honored for his lifetime achievement. Zhang created award winners from his very first film, Red Sorghum (1987), received an Academy Award nomination for Ju Dou (1989) and cemented his international reputation with Raise the Red Lantern (1992.) His body of work continues to grow, with the recent release of Coming Home and the highly anticipated film, The Great Wall, a major Chinese-U.S. co-production.

Zhang Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of Le Vision Pictures, will be honored for his film industry leadership. Zhang founded Le Vision Pictures, one of the largest private-sector studios in China, and has steered its impressive growth in China and abroad. Le Vision has partnered with Legendary Entertainment, China Film Co. and Universal Pictures for The Great Wall, directed by fellow honoree Zhang Yimou. Le Vision is expanding its work with other U.S. studios as well as investing in online services and related media being developed by affiliate Letv.

The Beijing Film Academy will be honored for its role cultivating talented actors, directors and entrepreneurs who have elevated Chinese film and taken it global. BFA’s distinguished graduates include directors Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang and leading actors, including previous Film Summit honorees Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming, who are at the forefront of Chinese cinema and the growing bonds with Hollywood. BFA has encouraged those ties by opening up to international students and visiting professors. BFA will be represented at the Summit by Hou Guangming, Chairman of the Academy Council, senior administrators and faculty.

“At a time of extraordinary change in film and entertainment, Asia Society’s U.S.-China Film Summit focuses on a vital constant: the deepening collaboration between Hollywood and China,” said Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society. “Chinese filmmakers and producers have become a real force globally. Our honorees reflect film’s importance as a cultural, educational and business bridge, and Asia Society is proud to be recognizing these talents and connecting them with professionals and audiences around the world.”

Panel topics at the Film Summit will include:

  • The China Wave: After a year of headline-making deals, what’s the outlook for Chinese investment in Hollywood, what new forms may it take and will China’s market turbulence affect companies’ global appetites?
  • Frontiers in Content: New avenues and models for U.S.-China collaboration, from cutting-edge digital technologies and gaming-inspired story development to theme parks and ancillary film products.
  • Take Two: As cross-border film productions become more ambitious, it’s more important than ever to avoid legal, business and cultural disconnects that have plagued some projects. Lessons learned in how to overcome these hurdles, and key issues to expect in the future.
  • Insights from the Corner Office: Chinese and American studio heads share their experiences and predictions on how the world’s two biggest entertainment markets will converge, collaborate and compete.


“It’s been a momentous year for Hollywood and China, and our U.S.-China Film Summit once again leads the way in bringing the key players together to discuss the most important issues,” said Thomas E. McLain, Chairman of Asia Society Southern California and an attorney at Hogan Lovells. “And we’re delighted to hold the Film Summit at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which hosted the Academy Awards for many years.”

The Film Summit’s panelists and featured speakers will be announced soon.

The Film Summit is presented in cooperation with Association of Film Commissioners International, CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), China Hollywood Society, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Motion Picture Association of America, Producers Guild of America, USC US-China Institute, and Women in Film.

For tickets and additional information on the Summit, please visit: http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit.


ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 headquarters in New York, and centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to www.asiasociety.org/southern-california.

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Media Contacts:
Alan Amman or Samuel Threadgill
MPRM Communications
323-933-3399
chinasummit@mprm.com

Click here to download press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 28, 2014

ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TO HONOR CHINA’S FOSUN INTERNATIONAL, STUDIO 8
AT
FIFTH ANNUAL U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER
NOVEMBER 5, 2014

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Jeff Robinov and top Fosun entertainment executive to accept the
2014 Film Partnership of the Year award

LOS ANGELES – October 28, 2014 – Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce that Fosun International and Studio 8 will receive the 2014 Film Partnership of the Year award at the Fifth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Fosun’s $200 million stake in Studio 8 marks one of the biggest Chinese investments in U.S. entertainment and the biggest in film production. Maggie Huang, Managing Director, Pictures, Entertainment and Derivatives Division, Fosun, and Jeff Robinov, founder of Studio 8, will accept the award.

Fosun and Studio 8 are the second group of Asia Society honorees who exemplify the accelerating integration between Hollywood and China. As previously announced, three of China’s biggest and most-respected stars – Zhao Wei, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei – will receive the 2014 Film Ensemble of the Year award for their latest work, Hollywood Adventures, a Chinese film that is being made in America. A genuine cross-border collaboration, the film is bilingual and written, produced and financed by both Chinese and Americans.

The Summit is a signature event of Asia Society Southern California’s Entertainment & Media in Asia (EMASIA) series. It will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festive Gala Dinner, also at the hotel, begins with a VIP reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

The Summit has added influential speakers to the full-day conference. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, will discuss the innovative company’s expansion in content distribution and creation, including its foray into feature film. New panel speakers include Dede Nickerson, Head, Production and Strategic Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment, China; Wang Zhonglei, President of Huayi Brothers Media Company; Allen Zhu, Senior Vice President of Youku Tudou and CEO of its new HeYi Film Company, and Bruno Wu, Chairman and CEO of Sun Seven Stars Entertainment and Media.

To purchase tickets and for additional information on the Summit, please Click Here.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 III, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and affiliated offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to AsiaSociety.org/southern-california.

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Media Contacts:
Samuel Threadgill / Alan Amman
MPRM Communications for EMASIA
323-933-3399
chinasummit@mprm.com


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- OCTOBER 23, 2014


ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ANNOUNCES HONOREES, MORE SPEAKERS FOR
FIFTH ANNUAL U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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Three of China’s Biggest Film Stars
Zhao Wei, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei
To Be Honored
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Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix, to keynote; executives from Tencent, Huayi Brothers Media and Youku Tudou added as speakers

LOS ANGELES – October 23, 2014 – Asia Society Southern California is pleased to announce honorees and additional speakers for its Fifth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. This signature event of Asia Society Southern California’s Entertainment and Media in Asia (EMASIA) series, will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festive Gala Dinner, also at the hotel, begins with a VIP reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

At the Dinner, Asia Society Southern California will honor a trio of actors who demonstrate the growing integration between Hollywood and China. Vicki Zhao (Zhao Wei), Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei will receive the 2014 Film Ensemble of the Year award for their work on Hollywood Adventures, a Chinese film that is being made in America. These award-winning and widely respected actors star in the “action” romantic comedy, a true cross-border collaboration – a bilingual film written, produced and financed by both Chinese and Americans. Among the writers and producers is Justin Lin, who directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.

Zhao’s early screen success – while still studying at the Beijing Film Academy – turned her into a national idol. Last year, she made the groundbreaking move into directing, and her debut, So Young, quickly became the highest-grossing film by a female Chinese director. Huang studied with Zhao at the Beijing Film Academy and is one of the most beloved actors in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Tong graduated from the Shanghai Theater Academy, and his credits include The Flowers of War, which was directed by Zhang Yimou and submitted by China for the 2012 Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Zhao, Huang and Tong will be joined on stage to receive their award by producer Bruno Wu, Chairman and CEO of Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, and cast member Sarah Li (Li Yan), an up-and-coming star.


The Summit has added a number of influential speakers to the full-day conference including Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, who will discuss the innovative company’s expansion in content distribution and creation, and its foray into feature film production; Wang Zhonglei, President of Huayi Brothers Media Company; Allen Zhu, Senior Vice President of Youku Tudou and CEO of its new HeYi Film Company, and Bruno Wu.

“The U.S.-China Film Summit is a signature Asia Society program and once again leads the conversation on a key and fast-growing U.S.-China partnership,” said Tom Nagorski, Asia Society Executive Vice President, who returns as a Summit moderator this year.

“From new partnerships that exemplify the coming together of two great industries to top-tiered Chinese talent entering Hollywood, we are again witnessing history in the making,” added Peter Shiao, chairman of the Summit, Asia Society Southern California board member and CEO of Orb Media Group. “We are pleased to lead the changes taking place in the industry.”

To purchase tickets and for additional information on the Summit, please click here.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY
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 III, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and affiliated offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to AsiaSociety.org/southern-california.

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Media Contacts:
Samuel Threadgill / Alan Amman
MPRM Communications for EMASIA
323-933-3399
chinasummit@mprm.com

Click here to download the press release

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014


ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRESENTS THE
FIFTH ANNUAL U.S.-CHINA FILM SUMMIT AND GALA DINNER NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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SUMMIT EXPANDS AGAIN, ADDING PARTNER EVENTS AND SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
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UNPRECENDENTED PANEL WITH BAIDU, ALIBABA AND TENCENT

LOS ANGELES – September 25, 2014 – As Hollywood scales new box-office heights in China and Chinese investors and creative talent deepen their roles in Hollywood, Asia Society Southern California presents its Fifth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The highly anticipated event, the flagship of the Asia Society’s Entertainment and Media in Asia (EMASIA) series, will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST, followed by a Gala Dinner.

Featuring five insightful panel discussions, this year’s timely Summit will focus on trends in U.S.-Chinese co-production and examine new dynamics in cross-border entertainment, including film finance, development of television programs and the rapid convergence of old and new media in China. The Summit has more supporting organizations and partner events than ever.

The program will also feature individual presentations by, among others:
Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun International, which this week announced a $200 million investment in Studio 8. He will deliver a keynote address on the future of Chinese capital in Hollywood.
Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and former CEO of Jim Henson Company, who will deliver opening remarks.
Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Co-Production Corporation, who will participate in a luncheon conversation.

“Our broad program scope, roster of top-flight speakers and history of cutting-edge programming distinguish Asia Society Southern California’s EMASIA Film Summit as the premier event for Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders,” said Thomas E. McLain, chairman of Asia Society Southern California and an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP.

“As Hollywood and China grow closer with ever increasing velocity, a new, game-changing phenomenon — the nexus of traditional entertainment and new media — has fully entered the picture,” added Peter Shiao, chairman of the Summit and CEO of Orb Media Group. “The fusing of technology and content and the movement of entrepreneurial companies, capital and creativity between the U.S and China mark our themes for the 2014 U.S.-China Film Summit. The global industry is at an inflection point, and the Summit is on the leading edge of that conversation this year.”

The Summit’s panel discussion lineup and partial list of speakers bear this out:

Transformers and Beyond: Inside the process of creating U.S.-Chinese tentpole films” will be moderated by Janet Yang, producer of The Joy Luck Club, among other films, and will include Peter Loehr, CEO, Legendary East, a unit of the company that produced Godzilla and Pacific Rim, and Han Wei, producer, most recently, of The Sun and the Moon.

New Players: Fresh forces in cross-border finance” will be moderated by Hugo Shong, chairman, IDG Greater China, and founder of IDG Capital partners, China’s first technology venture-capital firm. The panel includes Rafael Fogel, partner, Falcon Investment Advisors, Tang Xiao Min of China Culture Industrial Investment Fund and a senior executive from Bison Capital Holdings.

Serial Dreams: Opportunities and challenges for developing episodic programs for broadcast TV or digital distribution” will be moderated by Stephen Saltzman, partner, Loeb & Loeb, and feature panelist Zhou Yuan, former executive of Shanghai Media Group, Kristian Kender, business development director at China Media Management, and Larry Namer of the Metan Development Group.

Content Convergence: How BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) are changing the world” will be moderated by Peter Shiao, CEO, Orb Media Group, and feature Liu Chun-ning, president of Alibaba YuleBao, Gong Yu, CEO of Baidu/iQiyi, and a senior executive from Tencent.

The C-Suite View: Big-picture strategies for U.S.-China film” will be moderated by Bennett Pozil, executive vice president and head of corporate banking at East West Bank. Panelists include Brian Goldsmith, co-COO, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Yu Dong, CEO of Bona Film Group.

Additional panelists and the Gala Awards Dinner honorees will be announced soon.

The Summit is presented in cooperation with Association of Film Commissioners international, Australians in Film, CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Hollywood Society, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Motion Picture Association of America, Producers Guild of America, USC US- China Institute, and Women in Film. Our partner events, which offer more ways to connect with the film industry, are the American Film Market, the largest motion picture trade event in the western hemisphere, and the China Onscreen Biennial, a two-week Chinese film program organized by UCLA.

To purchase tickets and for additional information on the Summit, please visit: http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit.

 

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY

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 III, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and affiliated offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC. For more information, go to www.asiasociety.org/southern-california.

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Media Contacts:
Alan Amman or Samuel Threadgill
MPRM Communications for EMAsia
323-933-3399
chinasummit@mprm.com

 

Click here to download the press release.