The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

The China - Entertainment Industry Roundtable: A Discussion with China Experts - Investment, Joint Ventures, and Productions in Film - TV - Technology

Schuyler M. Moore, Partner, Greenberg Glusker

Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank

Fan Wang, Director, Producer and scholar with Sarft

Nick Conti, Vice President of Business Development, GDC Technology

Debra K. Chinn, Head of International Localization and Creative Services, Dreamworks Animation, Worldwide

Rob Minkoff, Director, The Lion King

Lora Y. Chen, CEO, China Media Consulting, Moderator

 

Lora Yan Chen, CEO, China Media Consulting: Lora Yan Chen’s career has spanned more than 25 years working in China and the U.S., in positions ranging from creative to producing, from teaching to corporate business development. Lora has done business development and strategic planning work for U.S. corporations in doing business with China as well as Chinese companies doing international business. She has worked with the companies as follows: Wanda Film Holding Company, Dalian Wanda Group, Miramax Films, Inc., Walt Disney

Imagineering, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, independent production companies and law firms, etc. Before coming to the United States, Lora was a professional Cinematographer in China, with five features to her credit. She attended Beijing Film Academy as part of China's “5th Generation Film Makers,” along with directors Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige. Lora’s Chinese language book “Hollywood: The Study of the U.S. Filmed Entertainment Business” has been the best-selling Film Industry Book on Amazon.cn since 2015. The Book’s 2nd Edition came out in May 2016, just short two years after the First. As of 2017, the 2nd Edition is still the #1 Selling Book under “Film Industry” on Amazon.cn.

 

Debra K. Chinn, Head of International Localization and Creative Services, Dreamworks Animation, Worldwide: Debra K Chinn is currently the head of International Localization and Creative Services for Dreamworks Animation, Worldwide.  Previously, she has held posts in international localization and distribution at Warner Bros, Disney and Fox. As an international producer, she has created comprehensive workflow and department structures for the localization of DWA franchises with Netflix. Additionally, Ms. Chinn is a returning guest speaker at the SFATD Symposium in Shanghai, and a guest professor lecturing at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing.

 

Rob Minkoff, Director: The Lion King : Rob Minkoff was born and raised in Palo Alto, California where he developed a love for theater, film, and animation. Upon graduating Cal-Arts' Character Animation Program, Rob began his career at the Walt Disney Studios in the Animation Department as a Character Designer, Animator, and Story Artist, working on such seminal films as THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Rob made his feature directorial debut with Disney's Academy Award winning THE LION KING, featuring the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voice talents of James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. After a twelve year career at Disney, Rob left to explore the world of Live-Action with Columbia Pictures' STUART LITTLE and its sequel, STUART LITTLE 2, starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Michael J. Fox.  In 2007 Rob traveled to China to direct the Martial Arts Action-Adventure, THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, featuring Chinese superstars Jackie Chan & Jet Li. Rob then returned to animation for the 3D CGI MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN based on Jay Ward’s classic characters. The film stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Allison Janney, Stanley Tucci and Stephen Colbert.  Rob is currently producing an all-new Animated Feature, BLAZING SAMURAI, based on Mel Brooks’ classic, BLAZING SADDLES. The film stars Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.

 

Bennett Pozil heads the Corporate Banking Division at East West Bank where his team specializes in entertainment lending, middle market lending, trade finance and cross-border business opportunities between the U.S. and Greater China. Media and entertainment lending has expanded significantly over the past four years under Pozil’s leadership, making East West Bank one of the premier entertainment investors in both the U.S. and Greater China and the only bank with a significant presence in both markets.  On the forthcoming Hollywood Adventures, the largest Chinese language film ever shot in Los Angeles, East West Bank worked with Perfect Storm Entertainment co-founders, Taiwanese American director Justin Lin and his mainland counterpart Bruno Wu as well as one of the premiere Chinese distributors, Enlight Media, to put this project together.  In the China entertainment space, the Bank has also provided financing for director John Woo’s two-part epic The Crossing, Cheng Kaige’s The Monk, and is the lead bank on the co-financing deal between Lions Gate Entertainment and Hunan Broadcasting.  From the US front, major clients in addition to Lions Gate include Tyler Perry, Good Universe, TWC and Netflix. Over his career, Pozil has structured the financing of a few hundred motion pictures, including major films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; Fearless; and Lost In Translation.  He is also a frequent speaker in the US and in China.  Most recently, in November of 2014, Pozil moderated a panel “The C-Suite View: Big-Picture Strategies for U.S.-China Film” at the Asia Society U.S.-China Film Summit, with major film executives to discuss emerging trends shaping the Chinese film market such as big data, social media, the spending race for blockbuster production and shifting demographics.

 

Fan Wang is a director, producer and a scholar on co-production with the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). Fan has over 13 years of international film production experience, including the involvement of Academy Award nominated film Mongol and the China Australia co-production film Mao's Last Dancer. After her 10 years research on film co-production in China Film Archive, Fan is exploring a new strategy of breaking from the traditional big budget Studio co-productions and ushering in a new trend of medium or lower budget co-productions, with international investors, crews and talent, for foreign and domestic markets, which translates to the strongest ROI. As founder of Beijing Film Co-Productions Company, Fan has successfully produced two international co-production films: Beijing Carmen, "Platinum Remi" award winner of WorldFest-Houston in 2016 and “Rising Star” award winner of TIFF in 2015, and Taste of Body, the best documentary in Europe China Image Festival, was nominated best documentary in Montreal International Film Festival. Fan's multifaceted career includes being a consultant for HBO, CCTV and Foreign Embassies that signed national co-production agreements with China. She is also a column reviewer for China Film News and is a visiting Professor at Wuhan College of Media and Communication along with a member of China Film Producers Association.

 

Schuyler M. Moore is a partner in the corporate entertainment department of Greenberg Glusker, practicing entertainment, corporate, and tax law. Mr. Moore holds his undergraduate degree from UCLA (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and his law degree also from UCLA (first in class).  Moore has been practicing in the entertainment industry since 1981, and he represents a broad spectrum of clients throughout the entertainment industry, including producers, sales agents, foreign distributors, and financiers.  He has handled some of the largest financing transactions in Hollywood, including Reliance’s investment in DreamWorks, the Ratpac-Dune slate financing for Warner Brothers, the Hemisphere slate financing for Sony and Paramount, and the Hunan Group slate financing for Lions Gate.  He is the author of several books, including The Biz: The Basic Business, legal, and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry, a popular book in its 4th edition, Taxation of the Entertainment Industry, the leading treatise on that topic, and What They Don’t Teach You in Law School.  He was an adjunct professor at both the UCLA Law School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaching Entertainment Law and Finance for many years, and he is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of entertainment subjects. Mr. Moore has been named (a) one of the top 100 entertainment lawyers by the Hollywood Reporter, (b) one of the top 25 entertainment lawyers by Variety, (c) one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and (d) one of top 3 "Most Influential Lawyers" in media by the National Law Journal.

 

Nick Conti, Vice President of Business Development for GDC Technology, spent the last 15 years working in various aspects of the film industry; ranging from post production on films such as “Undercover Brother” and “Van Helsing” to international theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures to cinema technology for theatre operators. After graduating from the Chine Europe International Business School in Shanghai, Nick was hired at GDC Technology, a leading global digital cinema solutions provider headquartered in Hong Kong, to build its virtual print fee funding program whereby movie distributors agree to provide a long-term subsidy to cinema owners to assist with the cost of switching their projection equipment from 35mm to digital. The program has signed up 540 movie distributors and 396 cinema operators across the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Central America. More recently Nick has spearheaded GDC’s effort to come up with new products and services; resulting in a deal with IMAX to supply d-cinema servers to and perform back-end operational services for the IMAX Private Theatre network in China catering to ultra-high net worth individuals and GDC's cinema ticketing mobile app in Latin America: “JETREEL Tickets.”