SOURCE: Winston Baker

Winston Baker

June 04, 2013 09:00 ET

Winston Baker to Host First Ever Film Finance Forum in China

Leading Finance Conference Producer Has Partnered With Shanghai International Film Festival to Host Groundbreaking Event on June 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) - Winston Baker, leading global producer of film finance conferences, today announced the program and speaking faculty for the inaugural Film Finance Forum China @ Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) to be presented in association with Variety. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai's Jin Jue Ballroom on June 16, 2013.

The forum will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring world-renowned filmmaker Hark Tsui, who will address the topic "Creating Content for a Worldwide Audience." Additionally, there will be panel discussions on film finance resources, investment valuation, and co-production strategies to bolster continued growth for this region of the world.

The notable speaking faculty will include:

  • Mario Andreacchio, Director, AMPCO Films
  • Wang Changtian, Chairman, Enlight Media Co. Ltd.
  • Charlie Coker, Managing Director, Cyrte Media LLC
  • Cliff Coonan, Reporter, Variety
  • Yu Dong, Chief Executive Officer, Bona Film Group
  • Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Motion Picture Association
  • William Feng, Chief Representative, China, Motion Picture Association
  • Ron Giambra, President, Theatrical, Rentrak
  • Pang Hong, Producer, "Painted Skin"
  • Polly Johnsen, Principal, Polymorphic Pictures
  • Helen Lee Kim, Partner and Head of International, Good Universe
  • Robb Klein, Partner, Sheppard Mullin LLP
  • David U. Lee, President, Leeding Media, Inc.
  • Maarten Melchior, International Representative, Film and TV Division, Fintage House
  • Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank
  • Stephen Scharf, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Nansun Shi, Executive Director, Film Workshop Co. Ltd.
  • Stephen Stites, Vice President, Investment Banking Division, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Stanley Tong, Producer and Director, Huada Films
  • Su Xiao, Managing Director, SMG
  • Sophia Yen, Entertainment and Finance Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Zhang Zhao, Chief Executive Officer, Le Vision Pictures
  • Ivy Zhong, Vice Chairman Executive Director, Galloping Horse
  • Ren Zhonglun, President, Shanghai Film Group
  • Yunlai (Levin) Zhu, President and Chief Executive Officer, China International Capital Corporation Ltd. (CICC)

"I am thrilled to be participating in Winston Baker's inaugural Film Finance Forum in Shanghai -- sessions like these are a crucial component in bridging the gap between Hollywood and China," said Stephen Scharf, Partner and Member of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and a sponsor of the forum.

Additional sponsors include Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Motion Picture Association; Rentrak; and Sheppard Mullin LLP. For additional details, visit

About Winston Baker
The Winston Baker team specializes in organizing conferences for the financial community, offering timely programs, which address emerging investment trends and finance strategies. Conferences created and produced by the Winston Baker team include the Aviation Finance Summit, Film Finance Forum®, and New Energy Capital Summit. For more information:

About Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF)
As the only FIAPF-accredited competitive international film festival in China, SIFF has established its worldwide reputation by its achievement in providing a platform for industry promotion and opportunities to worldwide filmmakers, and consequently a successful strategy and effort in brand-building. After 20 year's effort, SIFF has gradually become one of the most influential film events in Asian-Pacific area. For more information:

About Variety
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