L.A.’s Must-Attend Event of the Season: The U.S. China Film Summit, 11-5-15


By Robert Cain for China Film Biz

October 26, 2015

U.S. China Film

Here’s an important heads-up: the sixth annual U.S.-China Film Summit, North America’s biggest and best annual gathering of Hollywood and Chinese filmmakers and industry executives, will take place on November 5th at downtown L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Since its inception the Summit has grown bigger and more influential each year, and with this year’s exceptional slate of panels and speakers it’s an absolute must for anyone participating in or planning to join the booming cross-Pacific movie trade.

From senior executives at established film companies, like IMAX, Bona Film Group and Universal Pictures, to innovative film-technology entrepreneurs, the Film Summit’s speakers will offer unmatched insight and market intelligence on the U.S.-China film industry.

Panel topics at the Film Summit will include:

  • The China Wave: After a year of headline-making deals, what’s the outlook for Chinese investment in Hollywood, what new forms may it take and will China’s market turbulence affect companies’ global appetites?
  • Frontiers in Content: New avenues and models for U.S.-China collaboration, from cutting-edge digital technologies and gaming-inspired story development to theme parks and ancillary film products.
  • Take Two: As cross-border film productions become more ambitious, it’s more important than ever to avoid legal, business and cultural disconnects that have plagued some projects. Lessons learned in how to overcome these hurdles, and key issues to expect in the future.
  • Insights from the Corner Office: Chinese and American studio heads share their experiences and predictions on how the world’s two biggest entertainment markets will converge, collaborate and compete.
  • The Future of Movie Going. This panel will examine a question on the mind of every studio executive and filmmaker: What will it take to keep up the box-office surge in China?  Online technology and mobile apps are part of the answer.

The day will be capped off with a Gala Dinner and awards presented by the Asia Society. Honorees include:

Zhang Yimou, China’s most critically acclaimed director, will be honored for his lifetime achievement. Zhang created award winners from his very first film, Red Sorghum (1987), received an Academy Award nomination for Ju Dou (1989) and cemented his international reputation with Raise the Red Lantern (1992.) His body of work continues to grow, with the recent release of Coming Home and the highly anticipated film, The Great Wall, a major Chinese-U.S. co-production.

Zhang Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of Le Vision Pictures, will be honored for his film industry leadership. Zhang founded Le Vision Pictures, one of the largest private-sector studios in China, and has steered its impressive growth in China and abroad. Le Vision has partnered with Legendary Entertainment, China Film Co. and Universal Pictures for The Great Wall, directed by fellow honoree Zhang Yimou. Le Vision is expanding its work with other U.S. studios as well as investing in online services and related media being developed by affiliate Letv.

The Beijing Film Academy will be honored for its role cultivating talented actors, directors and entrepreneurs who have elevated Chinese film and taken it global. BFA’s distinguished graduates include directors Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang and leading actors, including previous Film Summit honorees Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming, who are at the forefront of Chinese cinema and the growing bonds with Hollywood. BFA has encouraged those ties by opening up to international students and visiting professors. BFA will be represented at the Summit by Hou Guangming, Chairman of the Academy Council, senior administrators and faculty.

For more information and to register for the event, please click on this link.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Robert Cain is a producer and entertainment industry consultant who has been doing business in China since 1987. He can be reached at rob@pacificbridgepics.com and at www.pacificbridgepics.com.

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L.A.’s Next Must-Attend Event: The U.S. China Film Summit, 11-5-13


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U.S.-China Summit

By Robert Cain for China Film Biz

October 22, 2013

Here’s an important heads-up: the U.S.-China Film Summit, North America’s biggest and best annual gathering of Hollywood and Chinese filmmakers and industry executives, will take place on November 5th at downtown L.A.’s Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Since its inception four years ago the Summit has grown bigger and more influential each year, and with the doubling of its size and scope this year it’s an absolute must for anyone participating in or planning to join the booming cross-Pacific movie trade.

I’m both on the planning committee for this year’s Summit and I’ll be a speaker as well, so I can tell you from an insider’s perspective that this is an unparalleled opportunity to hear from, and meet, many of the luminaries of the China film biz. Here’s a small sampling of the 30+ speakers who will attend:

Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO, 
Motion Picture Association of America – Former United States Senator Chris Dodd is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., which serves as the voice and advocate of the U.S. motion picture, home video and television industries around the world.

Dennie Gordon, Director, “My Lucky Star” – Director of the teen cult hit “Joe Dirt” starring David Spade, Christopher Walken and Dennis Miller, and “What a Girl Wants” starring Oscar winner Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes. Dennie’s latest film, the romantic comedy “My Lucky Star,” featured Chinese stars Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom, and was a bona fide hit at the Chinese box office.

Ellen Eliasoph,  President and CEO,
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia – Ms. Eliasoph leads the company in its business of identifying, developing, financing, producing, marketing and distributing feature films which are filmed principally in the Chinese language and designed for audiences in the Mainland China and other Greater China markets.

Li Bingbing, Actress, “Forbidden Kingdom,” “I Do” and the upcoming “Transformers 4” – One of China‘s biggest cinema and television stars, Bingbing has also had a successful crossover career in American film. She was most recently seen in Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil: Retribution,” directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Zhang Zhao, CEO,
 LeVision Pictures –
 In 2008, Mr. Zhang was named one of the top 10 most influential people in China Film and Entertainment Industry. Several films he produced and directed have won many international awards and have been recognized by the U.S. independent film committee.

The Summit will include luncheon keynote speeches from IMAX President Greg Foster and China Film Co-Production Corp’s Zhang Xun, and six panel discussions on topics ranging from digital media business opportunities in China to practical discussions on how to make films there.

The day will be capped off with a Gala Dinner and awards presented by the Asia Society to Senator Dodd and Ms. Li Bingbing.

For more information and to register for the event, please click on this link.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Robert Cain is a producer and entertainment industry consultant who has been doing business in China since 1987. He can be reached at rob@pacificbridgepics.com and at www.pacificbridgepics.com.