2018 U.S.-China Entertainment Summit Schedule

October 30, 2018


SUMMIT                          Guerin Pavilion, Herscher Hall – Skirball Cultural Center

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.      Registration and Opening Reception

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.      Opening Remarks

                                        Jonathan Karp, Executive Director, Asia Society Southern California

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


9:10 a.m. – 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 a.m. – 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 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    Morning Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    New Frontiers, Formats and Markets for Chinese-Language Content

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


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

                                         Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO, Well Go USA

                                         YOU Xiaogang, Chairman, China TV Drama Production Association

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


11:30 a.m.  – 12:00 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


12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.     Lunch


1:20 p.m. – 2:10 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


2:10 p.m. – 2:35 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


2:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.        Afternoon Break


3:05 p.m. – 4:00 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.


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Honoree Spotlight: XU Zheng, Producer and Star, Dying to Survive

                                         In conversation with Jing Cao, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers


4:30 p.m. – 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


5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.       Closing remarks


5:20 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.       No Host Reception