Magazine article Screen International

US-China Summit Talks Co-Production

Magazine article Screen International

US-China Summit Talks Co-Production

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US producers need more time to figure out China's co-production rules, but opportunities remain, was the major message at the US-China Film Summit held at UCLA on Tuesday (Oct 30).

"We need more communication and understanding to get to know each other, but there will be more opportunities for co-productions targeting the international audience," said William Feng, general manager of the Motion Picture Association's China office.

Sino-US co-productions have recently come under scrutiny by Chinese authorities, with the result that several films which were aiming for co-production status, such as Expendables 2, Looper and Cloud Atlas, are being released in China as imports instead.

However, Leon Gao, president of market research firm EntGroup, said that 13 co-productions are expected next year. In a video message, China Film Co-production Corp president Zhang Xun told US producers to ignore the negative rumours about Sino-foreign co-production that are circulating in the industry and press. …

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