The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Wednesday, May 24th, 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, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank

Matthew Knowles, Actor, Model, Singer, and bilingual Television Show Host

Fan Wang, Director, Producer and scholar with Sarft

Gary Kho, Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Wanda Studios Qingdao

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.

 

Gary Kho is the chief marketing and technology officer at Wanda Studios Qingdao. He joined the company in 2015 as chief technology officer to oversee the Studios’ technology infrastructure, applications and operations development. He is responsible for the technology design and operations for Wanda Studios Qingdao to ensure its state-of-the-art capabilities and MPAA compliance with digital security. Gary also served as interim chief executive officer for Wanda Studios from October 2015 through February 2016. He has a background in technology and business management, having held business technology leadership positions for 20 years at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as Chief Information Officer for both Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney International. During his career at Disney, Kho was instrumental in strategizing the company’s global expansion – building technology operations, infrastructure and systems. He received his B.S. in computer science and business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

 

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 Stroock, 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.

 

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.

 

Matthew Knowles is an American actor, model, singer, and bilingual television show host in China. He is known on popular Chinese films and TV series such as Love Me If You Dare, Deng Xiao Ping at History's Crossroad, Eastern Battlefield and Red Star Over China. After graduating from Clemson University in 2008, BS in Civil Engineering, on the heels of a promising football career, Matthew decided to make a change and left for China. His goal was to volunteer, to teach and to learn from the Chinese culture. Matthew launched his international acting career quickly in the U.S. and China. Matthew studied Acting at the Beijing Film Academy on Chinese Government Scholarship from 2013 to 2014. He was the first non-Asian Actor to be awarded such a prestigious scholarship award. Matthew speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and English Matthew has played leading roles in six of the highly watched Chinese TV programs. Matthew has hosted numerous live events, including  the 2014 Oscars in China simulcast. Matthew was spokesman for Men’s Health Magazine in China. Matthew played a lead role in the 2016’s TV Show Journey to the East, supporting role in the feature film Bond of Justice: Kizuna. (2017). Matthew is playing the leading role of Rawa in an upcoming big budget feature film ASURA, which will open theatrically in 2018.