China was on track to overtake the United States as the largest consumer of movies in the world, until Covid-19 hit the country and forced thousands of movie theaters to close. How will the pandemic affect China’s movie business and Chinese firms investing in Hollywood productions? Where is Hollywood heading now that the huge marketplace on the other side of the world faces uncertainties? And what will a U.S.-China decoupling mean to the booming U.S.-China cross boarder investment in movies?
Come hear a panel of creative, business and legal experts in entertainment and media share insights into the latest trends and predictions of how China’s market is affecting the ways that film and TV are financed, produced, and distributed in a post-outbreak era—while creating new opportunities and challenges for all concerned.
Porter Bibb is managing partner at MediaTech Capital Partners, a private merchant bank he founded in 1996. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Gerson Global Advisors, a strategic advisor to sovereign states, where he concentrates on business development and public affairs. Bibb has more than 40 years experience as a senior investment banker, specializing in media and technology. He is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek magazine, the first Publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and former Corporate Development Director for The New York Times Company. A graduate of Yale University, he received a Certificate in Advanced Management from the Harvard Business School, and has served as a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics.
Robert Cain is a partner in film co-production company Pacific Bridge Pictures, and Founder /Publisher of ChinaFilmBiz, a blog focused on China’s filmed entertainment industry. He has worked for more than 25 years in Hollywood and the global entertainment industry, primarily as a production, finance, strategy and creative development expert. He has been doing business in China since 1987. An award-winning screenwriter, Cain holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University and an MBA degree with honors from the Wharton School of Business.
Daxing Zhang has spent his last 30 years working on co-production films with China. His early China co-production films include the Oscar winning picture Last Emperor by Bernado Bertolucci in 1986, Empire of the Sun by Spielberg in 1987, and Dr. Bethune starring Donald Sutherland in 1988, one of China’s largest co-production endeavors in the 1980s. Moving to the U.S. in the early 1990s, Zhang was one of the very first mainland Chinese that worked behind the camera in Hollywood including The Matrix, Charlie’s Angels and Daredevil. He has worked from story conception to completion with many co-production writers and directors, including rewriting scripts in both languages. His future projects include Across the River and Once Upon the East Sea, a Chinese Saving Private Ryan based on a real WWII event that took place in Zhengjiang, China. Zhang holds a B.A. from Renmin University of China and a B.A. from Middlebury in Vermont.
Barry Skidelsky is an accomplished senior attorney with a broad range of skills and experience, including M&A, corporate, commercial, employment, real property and intellectual property matters, who provides valuable counsel and legal representation for a diverse mix of individuals and entities. Highly regarded for his strong acumen, pragmatism and resourcefulness, Skidelsky is focused on helping domestic and international clients achieve their goals efficiently and cost-effectively. A frequent author and speaker for lawyer and business audiences, Skidelsky is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law section of the NYS Bar Association – just one of the many leadership roles he has held during his career.