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Winston Baker

October 14, 2015 12:46 ET

Winston Baker to Present First Ever Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum at the Hawaii International Film Festival

Major International Forum to Feature Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sunny Dhillon, Roy Lee, Matthew Liu, Thomas McGrath, Nansun Shi, and Bruce Tuchman

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2015) - Winston Baker, a leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences, has designed and produced its inaugural Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum (APEFF), which will take place at The Modern Honolulu Hotel from November 18 - 20, 2015, in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival.

The first event of its kind, Winston Baker's APEFF was developed in response to the rapid changes in the entertainment industry as it faces the greatest innovative revolution of its time. Inspired by the success of Winston Baker's Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles in March 2015, the APEFF is designed to bridge the gap between Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Asia by addressing issues in the international film, TV, digital, and gaming sectors. The forum creates an exclusive platform that will foster collaborations between content creators, financiers, and facilitators who are actively developing and fuelling the growth of innovative projects between these regions in a relaxed and intimate setting.

The APEFF's Keynote on "Redefining the Television Landscape" will be presented by Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. Seasoned film professional Nina Yang Bongiovi will also offer her thoughts in the event's afternoon Keynote Speech, sharing with attendees the knowledge she has gained from over 16 years of combined production, finance, and management experience in the entertainment industry in Hollywood and Asia. Joining Mr. Tuchman and Ms. Yang Bongiovi will be industry power player Sunny Dhillon, the Co-founder and Principal at Signia Ventures, who will speak as a panel-member on "Capitalizing on Gaming IP Development." Prolific producers Roy Lee and Nanshun Shi will address "Financing Growth Opportunities for Film, Television and Beyond." And Matthew Liu, President of Heyi Pictures (a Youku Tudou subsidiary) will dive into the "Future Prospects for Digital Content Production and Distribution."

Included among the Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum's esteemed speaking faculty are other high-level executives and industry pioneers in film, television, digital, and gaming, such as:

  • Bill Borden, Executive Producer, Mili Pictures Worldwide
  • Leslie Chen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions, Asia, IM Global
  • Jon Chiew, International Cooperation and Production Director, Huace Pictures
  • William Feng, Country General Manager & Chief Representative, China, Motion Picture Association
  • Karl Fooks, Executive Director, Hawaii Strategic Investment Corporation
  • Clinton Foy, Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
  • Ricardo Galindez, Co-Founder, Island Film Group
  • Chris Lee, Founder and Director Academy for Creative SystemMedia, University of Hawaii
  • David Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Leeding Media
  • Kiyun Lee, Head of Production & Distribution, China, CJ E&M
  • Thomas B. McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, STX Entertainment
  • Schuyler Moore, Partner, Entertainment Department, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Maya Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Planet Software
  • Brad Sharp, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Georja Skinner, Chief Officer, Creative Industries State of Hawaii
  • David Stelzer, Co-Head, Games, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • And more panelists, who will be announced shortly!

These industry juggernauts will offer unique insights into such topics as "Localization of Remakes and Innovative Film Co-Productions" and "Challenges and Opportunities: Creating Content in Hawaii."

A new kind of conference in the middle of paradise, Winston Baker's APEFF will provide insight to equity and debt financiers on investment opportunities, challenges and strategies for increased upside as they relate to film, TV, digital and gaming. It will also be indispensable for producers, developers, and innovators looking for effective approaches to fundraising, marketing, distribution, and profitability. Space for this groundbreaking event is limited and registration is available at:

Sponsors and partners include IM Global, Digital Film Cloud Network, Vine Alternative Investments, Motion Picture Association (MPA), FTI Consulting, Hyde Park Entertainment, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Creative Industries State of Hawaii, The Modern Honolulu, Variety, The Chinese Film Market, and

About Winston Baker

Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance and growth. In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and organizing the Film Finance Forum ® Series and hosting sold out events across the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, China, and Latin America. At each conference, Winston Baker brings together the most seasoned and successful entertainment executives and financiers to address current trends in the entertainment business. For more information: / @WinstonBaker.

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