Asia Society's U.S.-China Film Summit announces slate of speakers

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Asia Society Southern California announced the full lineup of speakers for its sixth annual U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 5. The event will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gala Dinner, at the same venue, begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

The Summit has added Greg Foster, senior executive VP of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, as a featured speaker. IMAX is a catalyst for film in China and its market impact continues to grow, with this year’s release of record-setting Chinese-language film Monster Hunt and the listing of IMAX China shares in Hong Kong. Foster will speak in conversation with Tom Nagorski, executive VP of Asia Society.

Foster joins Michael Ellis, Asia-Pacific president and managing director of the Motion Picture Association, as a keynote speaker. At lunch, the keynote will be Hou Guangming, chairman of the Academy Council, Beijing Film Academy, who will receive the “Film Education Legacy Award” on behalf of the Academy. BFA is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

The full panel lineup is:

“Frontiers in Content: New Players, New Avenues in U.S.-China Collaboration”

Moderator: Janet Yang, Producer, Shanghai Calling and The Joy Luck Club


Chris Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, The Third Floor, Inc.

Michael Uslan, President and Executive Producer, Branded Entertainment

Wang Hui, President, Datang Brilliant Media Co. Ltd.

Peter Kujawski, Managing Director, Universal Pictures Int’l Productions

Mike Hsu, Partner, C2M Media


“The China Wave: How’s Chinese Investment in Hollywood Doing and What’s Next?”

Moderator: Sheri Jeffrey, Partner, Hogan Lovells


Jingyan (Maggie) Huang, Managing Director, Fosun Group

Ethan Sawyer, Managing Director, Head of Entertainment Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley

David Linde, Chief Executive Officer, Participant Media

Christophe Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, EuropaCorp

Mark Gao, Chairman, Fundamental Films


“Take Two: Overcoming Legal, Financial, Production Disconnects in Cross-Border Films”

Moderator: Stephen Saltzman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb


Barbara Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Celadon Films

Simon Sun, Executive Vice President, Le Vision Pictures USA

Cao Yu, Partner, Haiwen & Partners

Pang Hong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kylin Films

Michael Andreen, Senior Vice President, International Productions, Twentieth Century Fox


“The Future of Moviegoing: What Will it Take to Keep Film in China Growing?”

Moderator: Lindsay Conner, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips


Lin Ning, Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Weying Technology Co.

Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety

Rance Pow, President, Artisan Gateway

Kenny Wong, Counsel, Hogan Lovells

Wu Man-Fang, Dean, School of Management, Beijing Film Academy


“Insights From the Corner Office: Studio Heads Open Up About U.S.-China Film”

Moderator: Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank


Jack Gao, Group Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, International Investments and Business Development, Wanda Cultural Industry Group

Yu Dong, Chief Executive Officer, Bona Film Group

Li Yansong, President, iQIYI Motion Pictures

Wang Cong, Chief Strategy Officer, Huace Media Group

Gao Yang, President, Yucheng-Zhongluan Investment

The Film Summit is also honoring director Zhang Yimou and Le Vision Pictures CEO Zhang Zhao at the dinner. This year’s Summit and Gala Sponsor is Yucheng-Zhongluan Investment, a new film fund established by investor and producer Gao Yang.

“Sino-U.S. film cooperation is the best way to develop our two countries' culture, economy and technology, and Asia Society’s Film Summit is a proven forum for advancing this collaboration,” said Gao, who is also chairman of China S Emperor Films. “As cooperation becomes more ambitious, we hope we can develop and open the market.”

The Film Summit is presented in cooperation with the Association of Film Commissioners International, CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), China Hollywood Society, Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Motion Picture Association of America, Producers Guild of America, USC U.S.-China Institute, and Women in Film.

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