Robert Cain is a partner in film co-production company Pacific Bridge Pictures, and Founder /Publisher of ChinaFilmBiz, a blog focused on China’s filmed entertainment industry. He has worked for more than 25 years in Hollywood and the global entertainment industry, primarily as a production, finance, strategy and creative development expert. He has been doing business in China since 1987, where his producing and entertainment management experience includes:
- Production of the TV broadcast Three Tenors in the Forbidden City
- Development and production executive on the 2008 Academy Award nominated film Mongol
- Consulting Producer on the film Shanghai Kiss starring Kelly Hu and Hayden Panettiere
- Currently consulting to major Hollywood studios, animation companies and talent agencies on China matters; past Chinese consulting clients include Shanghai Media Group, CCTV, China Film Group, and others
Rob’s film experience extends from finance and distribution management to creative duties on more than a dozen successful films, including such critical and commercial successes as The Usual Suspects, Breakdown, Bound, Blade 2, and Cabin Fever. He is Executive Producer of Laura Smiles, which premiered in the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, of The Amateurs, a comedy starring Jeff Bridges, and he set up the film Mongol, an action epic about the early life of Genghis Khan that was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award for best foreign language film. He is Executive Producer of the horror trilogy Abattoir, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), which is funded by Chinese investors.
Rob has consulted to most of Hollywood’s major studios and talent guilds, and worked as a senior executive at talent-based companies such as Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films and Aaron Spelling’s Spelling Entertainment in formulating and executing business plans to expand their operations. His corporate clients have included Universal Studios, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment, DirecTV, NBC, the BBC, the Screen Actors Guild, Kodak, New Line Cinema, Mattel and others.
An award-winning screenwriter, Rob holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University and an MBA degree with honors from the Wharton School of Business.