Magazine article Screen International

SK Global Appoints Xian Li Production Svp

Magazine article Screen International

SK Global Appoints Xian Li Production Svp

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Executive previously served as director, development and production at FIP.

Xian Li

Busy SK Global, whose Ivanhoe Pictures label co-produced and co-financed the reigning North American box office champion Crazy Rich Asians, has hired film development and production executive Xian Li as senior vice president, production.

Li will work alongside the executive teams of SK Global’s two labels, Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and will be charged with enhancing and expanding the slate of Asian-focused, globally minded film and TV projects.

“After focusing on Asia in the past years, I’m truly inspired by the fascinating creative talents and materials available, and how they differ from the current domestic creative landscape,” said Li. “I have always hoped to help promote diversity and bring more Asian contents to a global audience. I greatly admire John [SK Global president John Penotti], and the team’s groundbreaking efforts on this front and I’m excited for this great opportunity to join SK Global/Ivanhoe to continue this endeavor.

“The success of Crazy Rich Asians is a strong manifesto that the audience deserves to see more diverse content from Hollywood, and there couldn’t be a better timing for us to build on this success and momentum.”

Penotti added: “Since the launch of Ivanhoe Pictures several years ago, it has always been our ambition to grow not only with local productions in international markets, but also to develop and produce local stories for a global audience. …

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