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2016 U.S.-China Film Summit 

Now in its Seventh year, Asia Society Southern California’s U.S.-China Film Summit is the most prestigious U.S. event uniting Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders to discuss collaboration and market trends. Since 2010, the Film Summit has led the conversation about U.S.-Chinese film co-production, cross-border investment and the integration of Chinese and American talent. This rapidly expanding event attracts high-level, high-impact speakers and attendees and generates international media coverage.

The 2016 U.S.-China Film Summit will highlight animation, digital and immersive entertainment and the development of trans-Pacific talent and financing. It will also introduce “Executive Spotlight” and “Talent Spotlight” segments featuring intimate, provocative conversations with leading U.S.-China film players. 

The Summit will also include a special awards presentation recognizing writer and director, Cao Baoping, introduced by WU Manfang, Dean, School of Management, Beijing Film Academy.

U.S.-China Film Talent Award


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.


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


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