Asia Society plans third annual U.S.-China Film Summit


Asia Society Southern California’s Entertainment and Media in Asia (EMASIA) will present the third annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at UCLA’s Covel Commons in Los Angeles.

This three-part panel discussion will bring together prominent Chinese and Hollywood film industry leaders who will share their experiences and strategies on successfully navigating the East-West filmmaking process. The summit will focus on the trends and dynamics facing U.S.-China film industry relationships and recent advances in Hollywood and China partnerships and collaborations.

The gala awards dinner, also at Covel Commons, will feature keynote addresses from HAN Sanping, chairman of China Film Group, who will receive the 2012 “China Entertainment Visionary of the Year” award, and Lewis Coleman, president and CFO of DreamWorks Animation, who will receive the 2012 “U.S. Entertainment Visionary of the Year” award. China Film Group Corporation is the exclusive importer of Hollywood and International films into China and China’s largest producer, distributor and exhibitor. DreamWorks Animation recently announced a joint venture in China to build a $350 million studio and develop a $3.1 billion cultural and entertainment district in Shanghai.

The first panel at the summit, “Year in Review in Hollywood-China Relations,” will feature key players including William Feng, general manager and chief representative, Motion Picture Association-China, discussing the major issues and trends that have developed over the past year.

The second panel will focus on the “Globalization of Talent,” and feature key creative talent and professional representatives. The panel will be moderated by Janet Yang, film producer and cultural ambassador, and Stephen Saltzman, partner at Loeb & Loeb, and includes speakers Philip Button, senior VP at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Larry Galper, talent agent at Creative Artists Agency; and Chinese talent agent Wang Jinghua.

The third panel, “New Wave of China's Cross-Border Entertainment Investors," will feature top Chinese entertainment investors who are crossing over into international investments. Co-moderated by Peter Shiao, CEO of Orb Media Group, and Bennett Pozil, executive VP of East West Bank, the panel includes speakers Yang Buting, chairman of China Mainstream Media Fund; Bruno (Zheng) Wu, chairman of Seven Stars Entertainment and Chinawood Global Service; and Zhao Yifang, president of Huace Media.

"The Hollywood and Chinese collaborative landscape remains one of the brightest spots in terms of opportunity for the worldwide entertainment industry. It also remains one of the most challenging, interesting and still evolving relationships. For the benefit of a whole spectrum of professionals on both sides of the Pacific who are committed to getting this relationship right, I am pleased that we are yet again hosting this platform for thought leadership and relationship building,” said Peter Shiao, chairman of the Summit and CEO of Orb Media Group.

The summit is presented in cooperation with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Orb Media Group, Producers Guild of America (PGA), UCLA Confucius Institute, USC U.S.-China Institute and CIBER at the USC Marshall School of Business.

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