Gianopulos to Keynote ScreenSingapore Film Finance Forum

Fox CEO will lead boss Murdoch, set to address later Shanghai Fest.

BEIJING – Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will deliver the keynote address at the Film Finance Forum at the inaugural ScreenSingapore on June 7, organizers Winston Baker said on Monday in a statement.
 
Gianopulos will speak on “The Big Picture: The Evolution of Media and Entertainment” a few days before his boss, Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp, owner of Fox, is scheduled to speak about film finance at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
 
ScreenSingapore, an international cinema conference sponsored by the Southeast Asian city state's government affiliated Media Development Authority, runs from June 5-12, concurrently with the Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19) and overlapping with the SIFF (June 11-19).
 
Fox recently showed several films, including Black Swan at the Beijing International Film Festival, and has sent Fox International Productions head Sanford Pantich to Asia several times in the last year to shepherd local language film productions.

Panitch has overseen the making finance and production of Mandarin language films such as Hot Summer Days and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman and gotten them, with local partners, into premieres in the tough-to-crack China market, the world’s fastest growing, where box office rose 64 percent in 2010 to hit $1.5 billion.
 
In Singapore, Gianopulos will address more than just China, however, touching on ways in which various media platforms are converging to capture audiences on a global level, offering insight into “collapsing traditional distribution windows; the impact of digitization and 3D films on box office revenues; and film finance in the context of corporate and financial markets,” the Winston Baker statement said.
 
Fox’s moves into Asia comes on the heels of the tremendous success of Avatar, which grossed more money at China's box office -- $213 million -- than it did in any territory on Earth outside the U.S. Fox's moves into Asia, along with those of other Hollywood studios, come at a time when the international markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called BRIC countries, represent an increasing share of a given picture’s overall global revenue.
 
"We are excited to present such an important keynote address at the inaugural ScreenSingapore, which was established to highlight the dynamic growth of the film industry in Asia," Greg Coote, ScreenSingapore chairman of the board said in the statement.
 
"With Asian markets providing strong growth, Jim Gianopulos is sure to provide attendees with useful first-hand insights into the region's business,” Coote said.
 
Gianopulos has been chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment since July 2000. In March 2009, his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of all of News Corp’s Los Angeles-based creative production divisions, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The Film Finance Forum at ScreenSingapore will be held for one day only at the Capella Singapore Hotel on Sentosa Island. It will include panel discussions and presentations on how to finance films, production and co-production strategies, new government incentives, alternative distribution avenues, and monetizing digital innovation.

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