Jonah Greenberg is the Managing Director of CAA China at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in Beijing, Greenberg and his colleagues represent many of the most accomplished directors, producers, writers, and talent working in China. In addition, Greenberg helps guide and execute the agency’s strategy in developing cross-border opportunities for clients in the international marketplace. Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Greenberg was a production executive at Beijing-based Ming Productions. He graduated from Reed College with a degree in Chinese literature after two years of language and dramatic studies at Capital Normal University and the Central Drama Academy in Beijing.Read More
As Executive Vice President of Production & Acquisitions at FilmNation Entertainment, Karen Lunder draws on her extensive studio and independent film background to oversee the development and production of many FilmNation production titles. Lunder most recently produced Marc Webb’s upcoming drama Gifted starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate. She executive produced Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic Arrival starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker as well as the The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock starring Michael Keaton which will both be released later this year. She also developed and co-produced Gavin Hood’s 2016 political thriller Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Upcoming projects that Lunder is overseeing for FilmNation include The Good House, an adaption of the best- selling novel to be directed by Jill Soloway for Meryl Streep & Robert DeNiro and The Robber, an action thriller that is being developed for JC Chandor.
Prior to joining FilmNation, Lunder was President of Production at Gil Netter Productions, where she developed and oversaw an ambitious slate of book adaptations including Marley and Me and The Blind Side. Prior to that she headed up development for Landscape Entertainment, building the company’s comedy business and producing several comedies including Betty Thomas’ teen comedy John Tucker Must Die. She began her career in New York at October Films, working on various independent films such as Todd Solondz's Happiness and Robert Duvall's The Apostle.
Thorsten Schumacher initially started his career in the music business where he founded and ran Sponge, an alternative music magazine. His work in film production started at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizon Pictures in Los Angeles, various independent features in New York City followed, and eventually he worked at Wim Wender’s company Road Movies in Berlin. He holds two Master of Fine Arts degrees in producing from the Film University Babelsberg and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. He worked in development at the LA offices of Intermedia Films before relocating to London in 2003. He has been with Hanway Films since and runs the company as its Managing Director since 2011.Read More
Geling Yan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English.
Born in Shanghai, she served with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Cultural Revolution, starting at age 12 as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. After serving for over a decade with the PLA that includes tours in Tibet and as a war correspondent during the Sino-Vietnam border conflict, Geling Yan was discharged with a rank equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel.
Geling Yan went to the United States at the end of 1989 for graduate study. She holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Wuhan University and a Master's in Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College, Chicago. To date she has published over 20 books in various editions in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, the UK and elsewhere; has won over 30 literary and film awards; and has had her work adapted or written scripts for over a dozen film, TV and radio works. Her works have been translated into fifteen languages.
She published her first novel in 1985 and ever since has produced a steady stream of novels, short stories, novellas, essays and scripts. Her best-known novels in English are Little Aunt Crane, The Flowers of War; The Banquet Bug (written directly in English) and The Lost Daughter of Happiness. She has also published a novella and short story collection called White Snake and Other Stories.
Several of Geling Yan's works have been adapted for film, including internationally distributed films XIU XIU: THE SENT-DOWN GIRL (directed by Joan Chen) and SIAO YU (directed by Sylvia Chang; script co-written by Ang Lee). Chinese director Zhang Yimou made THE FLOWERS OF WAR, an internationally well-claimed film based on her work set during the 1937 Rape of Nanking, starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale, and COMING HOME, based on her novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi. She has also written numerous scripts based on her own and other authors' work, both in English and Chinese, including FOREVER ENTHRALLED, a script for a biopic on the iconic Peking opera star Mei Lanfang, directed by Chen Kaige and starring Ziyi Zhang. Additionally, she wrote the script DANGEROUS LIAISONS, a Chinese-language film directed by South Korean director Hur Jin-ho and starring Ziyi Zhang, Jang Dong Gun and Cecilia Cheung.
Geling Yan is affiliated with both the Chinese Writers' Association of the People's Republic of China and Hollywood's Writers' Guild of America
Frank Patterson is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Pulse Evolution, a company that produces hyper-realistic digital humans for entertainment and emerging applications. He leads the company’s digital human production projects, including the exploitation of revenue share contracts with the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson. Patterson produced the live production of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which featured an original performance by Pulse Evolution’s computer-generated and animated human likeness of the late Michael Jackson. Patterson serves as professor and dean of the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University. The “Hollywood Reporter” named him one of the nation’s top mentors to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers. Patterson's creative and research activities are currently focused at the intersection of artificial reality and artificial intelligence, with a particular interest in digital human agency.Read More