Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the U.S. Tiankai Cui, Congressman Brad Sherman and Burbank City Mayor Jess Talamantes visited Hanhai Studio on October 13, 2016 to meet with Hanhai Studio Executives, its business alliances in the U.S., and learn about the company’s business strategies as China’s first creative production and technology incubator in the U.S.
Ambassador Cui, Congressman Sherman and Mayor Talamantes are accompanied by Min Zhang and Jingxing Zhou, Minister-Counselors of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S., Jian Liu, Consul General in Los Angeles, Lushan Sun, Deputy Counsul General in Los Angeles, and Jin Gu, Cultural Consul in Los Angeles. The group toured Marza Animation Planet and Rethink Studio situated in Hanhai Studio’s 80,000 sq-ft incubation center. Kelly Zhang, COO of Hanhai Studio introduced Hanhai Studio’s effort in creating a zero-distance platform between Chinese creative production companies and Hollywood since the establishment of the incubation center in 2015. In an effort to promote U.S.-China cross-border investment and collaboration, Hanhai Studio has held hundreds of events, incubated over 20 start-up companies and developed channels with Hollywood studios, film schools, independent production companies and individuals to connect with China.
The Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival, according to her, the first of its kind in the industry, will be held by Hanhai Studio on December 1st, 2016 at Los Angeles Film School, who is also the co-host of the event. The core concept is to introduce today’s entertainment technology and cross-border investments between U.S. and China. Closely focusing on the theme of “Creativity without Boundary,” the festival aims to create a platform for industrial elites, studios across borders and between entertainment technology startups and venture capital investors. There will be three high-profile panels “Global Innovation and Co-Production of Entertainment Technology,” “Technology and Transmedia in Hollywood Today,” “U.S.-China Cross-border Entrepreneurship and Investment” and a competition will be held facilitating start-ups selected from over 200 competitors. Top three winners will receive $100k, $50k, and $30k equity investment from Hanhai Studio and its affiliated investors.
Zvi Greenstein, General Manger of NVIDIA, Rob Minkoff, Director of The Lion King, Adam Presser, Vice President of International at Warner Brothers Entertainment, Max Epstein, Vice President of Content Strategy at DMG Entertainment, and Chuck Williams, Chief Creative Officer at Marza Animation Planet are scheduled to be keynote speakers and panelists at the event, making the festival a world-class gathering of top entertainment and technology elites.
Ambassador Tiankai Cui is the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the United States of America. Previously, Ambassador Cui served as Vice Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Japan. Congressman Sherman has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, serving his tenth term in Congress. He represents California’s San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.
The arrival of the U.S. and Chinese top level government officials is a high recognition to what Hanhai Studio has achieved in the past year in creating a bridge between U.S. and China. It also fully affirmed Hanhai Studio’s achievement in the global market as the first pioneering Hollywood-Chinese creative production and technology incubator in the U.S.