Citic Guoan, Dick Cook Studios, and Film Carnival with the support of China Media Culture Promotion Association (CMCPA) and the Beijing Film Academy, have announced the preliminary speaking faculty for the inaugural 2016 China-US Motion Picture Summit, to take place on March 25, 2016 in Grand Epoch City, China.
Winston Baker is the event producer.
The prestigious group of participants include Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a highly respected
marketing advisor for Oscar-winning films such as “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Precious”; Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild of
America and veteran studio production executive on big movie hits like “Star Trek,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “The
Godfather: Part III”; and Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts for twenty-five years and world-renowned educator who has been
strengthening the school’s international profile by expanding its academic programs under her leadership.
Additionally, the Summit will include the multi-talented award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and best-selling author Randall Wallace, best known for
“Braveheart,” “We Were Soldiers,” and “Pearl Harbor.” Acclaimed film producer Don Hahn, will also be speaking at the Summit. Mr. Hahn produced some of the
most successful animated films, such as “The Lion King,” “Maleficent,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated film to receive a Best Picture
nomination at the Academy Awards. Bill Borden, co-executive producer of “The Mermaid,” (the biggest movie release in China of all time), as well as the
creator of Disney Channel’s smash hit “High School Musical” franchise, will share his expertise as well. Other award-winning producers, veteran film
executives, distribution experts, and technology leaders announced to participate include Hawk Koch, Betty Thomas, Michael Nozik, Stuart Ford, Bruce
Hendricks, David Lee, Peter Dekom, Rance Pow, Clint Kisker, Stephen Scharf, and Cevat Yerli, who founded the revolutionary VR technology company Crytek.
“We are thrilled and honored to have such a well respected group of industry leaders who will share their insights on creativity, the art of great
storytelling, making collaborative films with Chinese filmmakers, innovative co-production strategies, as well as how new technology will impact the future
of making and watching movies. We believe the Summit will inspire our next generation of creative storytellers and entrepreneurs,” stated Dick Cook,
chairman, Dick Cook Studios.
In addition to the speaking faculty, the Summit will host an immersive, state-of-the-art Technology Experience, which will display and offer demonstrations
of the most advanced technology designed to enhance the motion picture experience for both creators and audiences. Exhibitors will include ARRIFLEX, a top
filmmaking camera platform whose latest technology has been used for such films as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant”;
WEVR, a state of the art virtual reality company that creates innovative VR-immersive content; BASE F/X, Beijing’s leading Chinese VFX company, that
supplied over 400 shots for the latest “Star Wars” film; RED, the manufacturer of professional motion picture cameras utilized by many of the industry’s
top directors; IZON, the Florida-based manufacturer of auto-stereoscopic 3D television sets that do not require glasses; DJI, the global leader in
developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use; and CRYTEK, an award winning, videogame developer,
publisher and technology provider dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming and beyond. Cytek’s technology plays a key role in VR development and will
shape both content and software.
The Summit was developed to foster the on-going conversation and collaboration between the Chinese and American entertainment industries. With a speaking
faculty comprised of top executives, award-winning filmmakers, and technology leaders, the event will serve as a platform for communication and business
growth opportunities in the areas of film financing, production, promotion, distribution, derivative development, and more. To learn about event
participation, please visit www.China-US-Summit.com.