China. The US-China Television and Film Innovation Summit (USCTFIS) 2019 was held Saturday November 10, at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe: “One of the grandest film theatres and most iconic entertainment epicenters of the world.” USCTFIS emphasized on the importance of technology and innovation (such as the internet influences) and their impact on future of the traditional television and film production in US and China.
Mrs. President. The Summit is co-chaired by the fabulous cultural ambassador between China and US, Kathy Q. Hao. An attorney and a mother of two daughters, Ms. Hao tirelessly grew from a sociologist and real estate broker to esquire. She is the owner and the CEO of TCW Global Legal Group in Pasadena, CA. Kathy Q. Hao is recognized as a Top Attorney consecutively by Pasadena Magazine and Top Attorney of North America by Continental Who’s Who. Ms. Hao received the Woman Making a Difference Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2013. She was also appointed as the Second Vice Chair of Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) International Law Section from 2009-2011, and in 2017. Most notably, Kath Q. Hao was selected as one of the 70 outstanding Chinese around the world for the 70th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China and is honored on a postage stamp for her outstanding achievements.
CCTV. The co-organizer of this event is Donna Zhang, a seasoned television director from China Central Television, current President of International Cultural Collaborative, and co-chairwoman of US – China Television and Film Innovation Summit. The summit brought together dignitaries from US and China including politicians, businessmen, representatives from cultural and media sectors. One of the highlights of the event is the attendance of many representatives and panelists from Mainland China television and film communities along with the Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at USC and several Hollywood producers. Kathy Q, Hao, hosted the 3rd USCTFIS opening and introduced American producers and educators as well as China Television and Film Delegation such as Liao Ken, Leader of the Delegation, China Television Artists Association – Standing Vice President and Secretary-General, Television Arts Center of CFLAC – Director-General.
The flourishing of US-China co-productions are leading more filmmakers from both countries to exchange ideas on financing, producing, technology, and content.
In this internet era, changing technology is constantly having an impact on the marketplace and the audience. To our surprise and delight, Zhi Wang, Professor, Doctoral Supervisor of Communication University of China, the host of the 1st panel, has brought the main topic of discussion: the influence of the CONTENT of the movies and TV programs (traditional and internet) on the audience. It quickly brought together leaders from the fields of education, television, and film to discuss pathways and solutions to encourage mutual win-win cooperation, development and co-production.
The platform for open dialogue also provided the audience a road map for co-production between US and China Television, Film, Internet and Audio Book cooperation. It was a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion on these important issues.
Finding out how we can move across cultures through co-production, dialogue and understanding can act together to bring about prosperity and stability in the world and as Dean Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the inaugural holder of the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair. Also, she is the founding executive director of the USC Annenberg Center for Communication (1994-2005) and serves as the executive director of the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy (one panelist) cited the importance of “education and building well qualified teams.” Further the Dean said, “in the end of it all, television and film comes back to just plain old fashioned good storytelling.” All the panelist and the audience agreed!
At the end of the day, let’s all work towards win-win cooperation and understanding that through good storytelling in television, film and videos the world will reach the main goal: HARMONY AND WORLD PEACE.
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