Tsujihara Yeoh Daley Xu


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049


8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Herscher Hall

Asia Society Southern California will host the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit and Gala on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. This signature annual event — which began in 2010 as the U.S.-China Film Summit — 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. 

We are delighted to be honoring global leaders who have built bridges between the U.S. and China:

  • Michelle Yeoh will be honored for her achievements as an actress, producer and writer. She is remarkably versatile talent. In a career that spans Hong Kong, Hollywood, China and beyond, she has earned critical acclaim and won hearts through memorable roles in films such as Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonTomorrow Never DiesMemories of a Geishaand most recently, Crazy Rich Asians.
  • Kevin Tsujihara will be honored for his vision and leadership. As Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO, he has innovated to stay ahead in a dynamic global market and has advocated for diversity and inclusion. Two fresh results of his leadership: Crazy Rich Asians, which marked a cultural watershed for Asian and Asian-American talent; and The Meg, the most successful U.S.-China co-production to date.
  • Elizabeth Daley, Dean and Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, will be honored as an education pioneer. In a quarter century as dean, Daley has built the world’s premier film school through a commitment to diversity and global education. Among her many international initiatives, USC has had partnerships with Chinese universities for over a decade.
  • Xu Zheng will be honored for his trailblazing work as an actor, writer, director and producer. His creative range spans from comedy to drama, and his films have had both commercial success and social impact. Lost in Thailand (2012) grossed more than $200 million and caused a surge in Chinese tourism to Thailand. His popular Dying to Survive (2018) struck a chord among the Chinese public and accelerated government efforts to lower prices for cancer drugs.

The 2018 Summit, our ninth annual edition, builds on our record of bringing together the most important executives, producers, investors and creative professionals in Hollywood and China. We will be exploring topics in film and television; digital businesses, such as streaming and gaming; as well as animation and cutting-edge finance tools for entertainment, such as blockchain. 

Featured Summit speakers include: 
PoPing AuYeung, Casting director
Belle Avery, Producer, The Meg
Jing Cao, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers
Bing Chen, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Gold House
Rong Chen, Senior Vice President, Perfect World & CEO, Perfect World Pictures (USA)
Albert Cheng, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios
Christina Chou, Agent and Corporate Development Executive, CAA
Melissa Cobb, Vice President, Kids and Family, Netflix
Lindsay Conner, Chair, Media & Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Richard Drobnick, Chairman, Asia Society of Southern California
Mike Ellis, President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, MPA 
Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
Jack Gao, Founding Partner and CEO, Beijing TDFT Co.
Qun Gao, Chairman, Starlight Culture Entertainment Group
Alexis Garcia, Partner, Endeavor Content
Ben Erwei Ji, Exec. Prod., The Meg & Managing Dir., Reach Glory Entertainment
Wayne Wei Jiang, CEO, Legendary East, & General Manager, Wanda Media
Eva Jin, Writer, Director and Producer
Glen Keane, Legendary Animator & Founder, Glen Keane Productions
Jonathan Landreth, Content Strategist, Asia Society Policy Institute
Kevin Lin, Co-Founder, Twitch 
Lucia Liu, Agent, Asian Business Development. United Talent Agency
Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society
Chantal Nong, Vice President, Production, DC Films, Warner Bros.
Andrew Ooi, CEO, Echelon Talent Management & President, 852 Films
John Penotti, President, SK Global
Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO, Well Go USA
Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank 
Stephen Saltzman, Chair, Asia Entertainment & Media, Paul Hastings 
Peter Trinh, Managing Director, International and Independent Film & Esport Groups, ICM Partner
Jon Turteltaub, Director, The Meg
David Unger, CEO, Artist International Group
Carrie Wong, Head, Local Production Film & TV Greater China, Sony Pictures
Cathy Yan, Director of Dead Pigs and the upcoming Birds of Prey
Catherine Ying, Managing Director and CEO, Gravity Pictures
Xiaogang You, Chairman, China TV Drama Production Association

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