China’s Media Moguls Tutored by Masters of Hollywood

Now it can be told. For the last three weeks, some of Hollywood’s more impressive agents, executives, and power brokers have been slipping off to the University of California, Los Angeles, to provide China’s next wave of film and television moguls with a private tutorial in the tao of show business.


Though not exactly a state secret, the sessions were conducted without media exposure because of what Robert Rosen — dean of the university’s school of theater, film and television — called “security concerns.” Those applied to the well-being of the several dozen Chinese executives, most in their 20s and 30s, not the power players, who are familiar in these parts.

Attendees were selected by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, and arrived under the watchful eye of Jiao Hongfen, a vice chairman of the China Film Group Corporation.

They included at least some whose reach would be envied by HBO. “He’s got 800 million viewers,” Mr. Rosen said during a final seminar that was open to visitors last Thursday. Mr. Rosen was pointing toward a young man who operates a Chinese movie channel.


(New York Times)

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