Entertainment Execs Enhance Global Conference Agenda

The 2015 USC Global Conference will include significant participation by entertainment executives from the United States and China representing every facet of the industry, in addition to leading researchers, academics and business leaders.

Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, will be featured in a conversation with Willow Bay, the Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, during the opening session of the 2015 USC Global Conference. His insights about business and entertainment in a global economy will set the stage for many of the sessions throughout the weekend. The conference will be hosted by the University of Southern California at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, October 29 – 31.

Both Jerry Ye and David Hutkin will participate in a panel about the resurgence of China’s film and media industry moderated by Elizabeth Daley, Dean of USC School of Cinematic Arts. Ye is the Vice President of Wanda Culture Industry Group, a Chinese entertainment giant that also owns the AMC theater chain in the United States. Hutkin oversees the Strategic Initiatives, Investments & Banking Group within The Weinstein Company, and is a leading finance executive within the entertainment industry.

The conference will also include Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, who was a founding member and President of legendary talent firm Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Meyer will participate in a panel hosted by USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith discussing the importance of storytelling – especially from the distinct perspective of survivors. The USC Shoah Foundation is currently embarking on a project to document the stories of those who survived the Nanjing Massacre, in addition to existing projects documenting survival stories of the Holocaust.

Ruigang Li, one of China’s leading investors in media and entertainment as Founding Chairman of CMC Capital Partners will join Ernest Wilson III, Dean of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, to investigate the intersection of innovation and entertainment in both Hollywood and China. The former Chairman and CEO of the Shanghai Media Group has extensive experience as a public and private leader in China, bringing a unique perspective to the discussion.

USC’s Dean of the Marshall School of Business, James Ellis, will host a panel focused on managing creative enterprises. David U. Lee – founder and CEO of Leeding Media – will provide local perspective as one of the most accomplished and experienced entrepreneurs to bridge the U.S. and China film entertainment industries through groundbreaking content distribution deals and movie production credits. Named an inaugural member of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia in 2009, Lee received both his BA and MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

The USC Global Conference will be held in Shanghai, China, at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai from October 29-31, 2015. Registration is now open with Early Bird discounts available for a limited time. The conference is expected to sell out, and advanced registration is recommended.