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2017 U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner
November 1, 2017
Skirball Cultural Center


Film Summit:
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Herscher Hall, with lunch in Ahmanson Hall

Film Gala:
6:00 p.m. Reception – Guerin Courtyard
7:15 p.m. Dinner – Ahmanson Hall





2016 U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner
November 1 and 2, 2016



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

9:25–10:20     Treasure Hunt: China Seeks Global Talent, Hollywood Seeks Sources
                       of Finance
                       Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
                       • ZHOU Yuan, Founder and Executive Vice President, Linmon Pictures
                       • Jonah Greenberg, Managing Director, China, Creative Artists Agency 
                       • 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 & 
                       • Melissa Cobb, Head of Studio and Chief Creative Officer, Oriental
                       • 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
                      Moderator: Sanjay Sood, Director, Center for Management of Enterprise in
                      Media, Entertainment and Sports, UCLA Anderson School of Management
                      • 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 

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
                      • 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
                      • 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



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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