U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit & Game Changer Awards Dinner Schedule

November 5, 2019

2019 Entertainment Summit

9:00 - 9:05


  • Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society

9:05 - 9:10

Opening Remarks

  • Janet Yang, President, Janet Yang Productions; Governor, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

9:10 - 9:30

Spotlight: Overview of Asian Theatrical Markets 

  • Michael C. Ellis, President & Managing Director, Motion Picture Association (MPA)

9:30 - 9:50

Morning Keynote: 2020: A Year Full of Challenges for the Asia-Pacific

  • The Honorable Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia; President, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)

9:50 - 10:40

Panel: Marketplace: Selling to Asia

Moderator: Patrick Frater, Asia Editor, Variety

  • Jing Cao, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers
  • Haichen (Sum) Huang, Co-founder, XG Media
  • Guneet Monga, Producer & CEO, Sikhya Entertainment
  • Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank
  • William Quan, Founder & CEO, Super-Equilibrium Digital Media

BREAK: 10:40 -11:00 (20 mins)

11:00 - 11:45

Panel: Binge Frenzy: Streaming a Diversity of Content

Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Partner and Leader, Manatt Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

  • Daniel Cohan, Feature Agent, ICM Partners
  • Annie Luo, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations, Hulu
  • Katie Soo, Senior Vice President, Growth Marketing, WarnerMedia
  • Victor Yip, Vice President, Digital Media Distribution and Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company

11:45 - 12:10

Spotlight: Alibaba and Movie Marketing Prowess

Moderator: Janet Yang, President, Janet Young Productions; Governor, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  • Wei ZHANG, President, Alibaba Pictures


LUNCH: 12:10 – 13:05


13:05 - 13:20

Afternoon Spotlight: Straddling the Screen

  • Daniel Dae Kim, Actor and Producer; CEO, 3AD Media

13:20 - 14:15

Panel: Not Lost in Translation: Adapting IP Across the Pacific

Moderator: Stephen Saltzman, Chair, Asia & Europe Entertainment and Media Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

  • Francis Chung, Head of U.S. Films, CJ Entertainment
  • Yoshiko Fukuda, Manager, Production and Development, Toho International, Inc.
  • Yasumasa Kutami, Vice President, Amuse Group USA, Inc.
  • Douglas Montgomery, Chairman, Japan America Society of Southern California; Vice President, Warner Bros
  • Daljit DJ Parmar, CEO, Extraordinary Entertainment
  • Rob Ree, Head of International Business Development, Tencent Pictures

14:15 - 14:45

Spotlight: Emmy Winner Artificial and the Reality of Interactive TV

Moderator: Bing Chen, Chairman & Co-Founder, Gold House

  • Tiffany Chu, Actor, (Ms. Purple, Artificial)
  • Kevin Lin, Co-Founder and former COO of Twitch
  • Bernie Su, Executive Producer and Co-creator of Artificial

14:45 - 15:15

Fireside Chat: Building "The Happiest Places on Earth"

Moderator: Matt Sheehan, Fellow, The Paulson Institute's MacroPolo; Author of The Transpacific Experiment

  • Bob Weis: President, Walt Disney Imagineering

BREAK: 15:15 – 15:45 (30 mins)

15:45 - 16:25

Panel: The New Hollywood: Asians Behind the Camera

Moderator: Max Michael, Head of Asian Business Development, United Talent Agency 

  • Janice Chua, VP, International Development & Production, Imagine Entertainment & Television
  • Hieu Ho, Partner, Imminent Collision
  • Sanjay Sharma, Founder & CEO, Marginal Mediaworks
  • Mark Zee, Director, Global Digital Licensing, The Walt Disney Company

16:25 - 16:55

Panel: Fireside Chat: The 'Rents from The Farewell

Moderator: Rebecca Sun, Senior Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

  • Diana Lin, Actor
  • Tzi Ma, Actor

16:55 - 17:30

Spotlight: Game Changing Artist

WANG Leehom, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Actor, and Film Director


RECEPTION: 17:30 – 19:00


AWARDS DINNER: 19:00 – 21:30

Sabrina Imamura, Emcee

Opening Remarks
Ambassador Josette Sheeran, President & CEO, Asia Society

Performance by
Steven Vanhauwaert, Pianist

Wei ZHANG, President, Alibaba Pictures

Performance by
Katherine Ho, Singer

WANG Leehom, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Film Director


Oscar Celebrates Asian Women
Directors Freida Lee Mock and Jessica Yu

Performance by
NITEMRKT, Hip Hop Group

The Rain (JUNG Ji-Hoon), Actor, K-Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Performance by
Sofya Wang, Singer

Bob Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering

Closing Remarks and Chairman’s Award to OUE, presented to Tan Shu Lin, CEO, Commercial REIT
Richard Drobnick, Chairman Asia Society Southern California