Gianopulos to Keynote ScreenSingapore Film Finance Forum
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.