October 30, 2018

U.S.-China Entertainment Summit

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

8-9:00 a.m.      

Guerin Pavilion, Herscher Hall

Registration and Opening Reception

9-9:10 a.m.      

Opening Remarks

Jonathan Karp, Executive Director, Asia Society Southern California

Janet Yang, Chair, U.S.-China Entertainment Summit

9:10-9:30 a.m.

Spotlight: Unstoppable: How Innovation is Fueling China’s Film Market Growth

Michael Ellis, Asia-Pacific President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association

9:30-10:25 a.m.   

Courtship Interruptus: Have Hollywood-China Ties Hit a Speed Bump or Great Wall?

Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Chair, Media & Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank  

John Penotti, President, SK Global

Chen Rong, SVP, Perfect World, and CEO, Perfect World Pictures (USA)

Alexis Garcia, Partner, Endeavor Content

Gao Qun, Chairman, Starlight Culture Entertainment Group

10:25-10:45 a.m.   

Morning Break

10:45-11:35 a.m.   

New Frontiers, Formats and Markets for Chinese-Language Content

Moderator: Jonathan Landreth, Content Strategist, Asia Society Policy Institute

Jing Cao, Counsel, O'Melveny & Myers

Jack Gao, Founding Partner and CEO, Beijing TDFT Co.

Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO, Well Go USA

Carrie Wong, Head, Local Production Film & TV Greater China, Sony Pictures

You Xiaogang, Chairman, China TV Drama Production Association

11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.   

Spotlight: The Future of Streaming

Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios

In conversation with Bing Chen, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Gold House

12:05-1:30 p.m.    


1:30-2:20 p.m.

"Broad Cast" News: Is 2018 a Game-Changing Year for Asian Talent?

Moderator: Stephen Saltzman, Chair, Asia Entertainment & Media, Paul Hastings

Lucia Liu, Agent, Asian Business Development, UTA

Andrew Ooi, CEO, Echelon Talent Management

Christina Chou, Agent and Corporate Development Executive, CAA

David Unger, CEO, Artist International Group

PoPing AuYeung, Casting Director

2:20-2:45 p.m.      

Spotlight: Game On — China, the U.S., and a New Force in Entertainment

Kevin Lin, Co-Founder, Twitch                                      

In conversation with Peter Trinh, Managing Director, International and Independent Film & Esport Groups, ICM Partners

2:45-3:15 p.m.       

Afternoon Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.       

Meg-a Hit: How a Shark Jumped to the Top of the Co-Production Leaderboard 

Moderator: Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety

Belle Avery, Producer, The Meg

Jon Turteltaub, Director, The Meg

Jiang Wei, CEO, Legendary East, and General Manager, Wanda Media

Catherine Xujun Ying, Vice President, CMC, and CEO, Gravity Pictures

Ben Erwei Ji, Managing Director, Reach Glory Entertainment

Chantal Nong, Vice President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros.

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Director's Cut: Telling Stories that Transcend Chinese Culture

Moderator: Janet Yang, President, Janet Yang Productions

Cathy Yan, Director, Producer and Writer

Glen Keane, Academy Award-winning Animator

Eva Jin, Writer, Director and Producer

5-5:40 p.m.       

Honoree Spotlight: Telling Authentic Stories in the World of Fantasy

Xu Zheng, Producer and Star, Dying to Survive

Billy Bob Thornton, Actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter

In conversation with Janet Yang

5:40 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:40-6:30 p.m.       

No Host Reception