Conferences will focus on Asia issues


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Along with an opportunity to wheel and deal, the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market gives participants the numerous opportunities to consider issues affecting the movie industry in Asia and beyond.

The conference schedule kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, with seven panelists considering the pros and cons of co-productions in Asia. A growing trend across the region, notably between China and Hong Kong, the upside is that films qualify for "local" status in more than one country and are eligible for more subsidies and improved release conditions.

The panelists include Wellington Fung, secretary general of the Hong Kong Film Development Council, Wayne Clarkson, executive director of Telefilim Canada, and Ted Perkins, production executive of China's International Data Group.

The opening ceremony for the market is set for 2 p.m., followed by the International Forum. Keynote speakers will be Yong Huang, director of China's Development Research Center of State Administration of Radio, Film and TV, as well as its deputy controller, Wei Jie.

Day 2 opens with industry figures from Hong Kong, the U.S., Korea and China, examining business models and rights management in an era of filmed entertainment that is available on multiple platforms.

Beginning at 2 p.m., four executives from Guangdong movie organizations will update delegates on their market as part of an effort to enhance cooperation between the Chinese and Hong Kong film industries.

Also highlighting potential collaborative projects, the final conference of the day will look at alliances between the industries in Japan and Hong Kong.

A single conference is scheduled for the final day of the market. Panelists including TokyoPop CEO Stuart Levy will consider the need for a different business model to inject new life into filmmaking and licensing.