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Business Panel - The Future of Film Co-Productions, Distribution, and Financing Between China and Hollywood

  • JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90015 United States (map)

Co-Hosted by: China Film Insider

Panelists:

Rong Chen Senior Vice President of Perfect World, CEO of Perfect World Pictures (USA)
Mr. Rong Chen is the Senior Vice President of the combined Perfect World Company (merging what used to be PWRD and PWPIC) and CEO of Perfect World Pictures (USA). PWPIC is a leading entertainment company in China, engaging in the production, distribution, and marketing of high quality film and television content, advertising and merchandising businesses, as well as talent management. Aside from Chinese-language films, PWPIC is also one of the most active marketers of foreign films in China, having brought films such as Ghost Rider 2, The Last Stand, Ender’s Game, Rush, and the Divergent franchise into the Chinese market.

Mike Gabrawy — Chief Creative Officer of Arclight Films
As the Chief Creative Officer of Arclight Films Mr. Garbrawy has overseen productions of box office successes including the Jungle (2017) starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Hotel Mumbai (2018) starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.

Randy Greenberg — Executive Producer of The Meg
Executive Producer of The Meg (2018) which was released worldwide by Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures in August 2018 and has done over $500 Million in Box Office revenue. Greenberg has overseen the green-lighting, marketing, and distribution of 200+ films and his strategies have produced over $5 billion in theatrical revenues over the course of his career, and helped to negotiate and close international acquisitions for films such as Hellboy, Gosford Park, and House of Flying Daggers. For the last decade he has led the Greenberg Group, a global entertainment content strategy and marketing/distribution consultancy.

Xian Li — Senior Vice President, Production of SK Global Entertainment

Xian Li currently serves as Senior Vice President, Production for SK Global Entertainment. In this capacity, she works together with domestic and international teams and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s slate of Asia-focused, globally minded film and TV projects. This is following the great success of SK Global’s co-financed and co-produced feature film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. Prior to joining SK Global, Li had led Asia productions at Twentieth Century Fox International, where she oversaw creative development and production across Asia. She specializes in international co-productions as well as sourcing international materials for global English-language features.For her work in development and production, Li has been shepherding feature film projects with top filmmakers in Hollywood as well as from Asia. Additionally, Li also worked for Twentieth Century Fox International Theatrical, where she helped manage international marketing and distribution for over thirty film titles from 2012 to 2015.

Bennett Pozil — Executive Vice President of East West Bank
Bennett Pozil has been a banker for 25 years and currently serves as an Executive Vice President at East West Bank, where he leads the Corporate Banking Group. As part of his role, Pozil oversees the development of the Entertainment Lending sector in the U.S. as well as in China. Recent film projects financed by East West Bank include John Woo’s The Crossing and Chen Kaige’s The Monk. Prior to joining East West Bank, Pozil served for 11 years as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles office for Natixis, the French Banking Concern. At Natixis, Pozil structured the financing of over a hundred motion pictures including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; Fearless and Lost in Translation.

Moderator: June Tan

June Tan is a bilingual entertainment attorney at Loeb & Loeb LLP and is deeply involved in the firm’s Asia entertainment and media practice. As one of the few Mandarin-speaking attorneys in Hollywood, June has in depth knowledge of cross-border transactions where she represented industry-leading Chinese film production companies, distribution companies, digital media companies and investors in their dealings with Hollywood. She also counsels U.S.-based production companies and talents on their entertainment content licensing, financing, development, production and distribution deals. June is also a board member of Chinese In Entertainment.