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Skydance and Alibaba Pictures Join Forces To Finance And Produce Flying Tigers Feature Film

7 April 2016 7:58 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Skydance and Alibaba Pictures, Alibaba Group’s entertainment affiliate, have announced that they will join forces to finance and produce a Flying Tigers feature film for global release. It has been designated by Skydance Media and Alibaba Pictures as a high-priority development project. The screenplay will be written by Oscar-nominated writer Randall Wallace (Braveheart) and the film will be produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance together with a team from Alibaba Pictures.

The Flying Tigers – formally known as the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force – was a group of volunteer pilots from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Led by Captain Claire Lee Chennault, the group fought alongside the Chinese during World War II. The Flying Tigers project will tell the story of the unique brotherhood formed by these intrepid soldiers.

“This production partnership with Alibaba Pictures on Flying Tigers »

- Michelle McCue

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Skydance, Alibaba team on 'Flying Tigers'

6 April 2016 8:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Skydance and China’s Alibaba Pictures will jointly finance and produce Flying Tigers, a World War II drama to be scripted by Braveheart writer Randall Wallace.

Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce the global release with a team from Alibaba Pictures.

Also known as the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, the Flying Tigers was a group of volunteer pilots from the Us Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps that fought alongside the Chinese during World War II.

There have previously been other attempts to make a feature film about the pilots, including a long-gestating project to be directed by John Woo and backed by China Film and Cyrte Investments.

Flying Tigers carries with it a rich legacy and a movie about this subject matter has been highly anticipated for a very long time,” said Alibaba Pictures president Zhang Wei.

“It is an ideal piece of content in which to invest »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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China-us Summit: Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Gary Lucchesi, Bill Borden, and More Confirmed to Speak

1 March 2016 7:33 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Citic Guoan, Dick Cook Studios, and Film Carnival with the support of China Media Culture Promotion Association (Cmcpa) and the Beijing Film Academy, have announced the preliminary speaking faculty for the inaugural 2016 China-us Motion Picture Summit, to take place on March 25, 2016 in Grand Epoch City, China. Winston Baker is the event producer.

The prestigious group of participants include Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a highly respected marketing advisor for Oscar-winning films such as “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Precious”; Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild of America and veteran studio production executive on big movie hits like “Star Trek,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “The Godfather: Part III”; and Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts for twenty-five years and world-renowned educator who has been strengthening the school’s international profile by expanding its academic programs under her leadership.

Additionally, the Summit will include the multi-talented award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and best-selling author Randall Wallace, best known for “Braveheart,” “We Were Soldiers,” and “Pearl Harbor.” Acclaimed film producer Don Hahn, will also be speaking at the Summit. Mr. Hahn produced some of the most successful animated films, such as “The Lion King,” “Maleficent,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Bill Borden, co-executive producer of “The Mermaid,” (the biggest movie release in China of all time), as well as the creator of Disney Channel's smash hit "High School Musical" franchise, will share his expertise as well. Other award-winning producers, veteran film executives, distribution experts, and technology leaders announced to participate include Hawk Koch, Betty Thomas, Michael Nozik, Stuart Ford, Bruce Hendricks, David Lee, Peter Dekom, Rance Pow, Clint Kisker, Stephen Scharf, and Cevat Yerli, who founded the revolutionary Vr technology company Crytek.

“We are thrilled and honored to have such a well respected group of industry leaders who will share their insights on creativity, the art of great storytelling, making collaborative films with Chinese filmmakers, innovative co-production strategies, as well as how new technology will impact the future of making and watching movies. We believe the Summit will inspire our next generation of creative storytellers and entrepreneurs,” stated Dick Cook, chairman, Dick Cook Studios.

In addition to the speaking faculty, the Summit will host an immersive, state-of-the-art Technology Experience, which will display and offer demonstrations of the most advanced technology designed to enhance the motion picture experience for both creators and audiences. Exhibitors will include Arriflex, a top filmmaking camera platform whose latest technology has been used for such films as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant”; Wevr, a state of the art virtual reality company that creates innovative Vr-immersive content; Base F/X, Beijing’s leading Chinese VFX company, that supplied over 400 shots for the latest “Star Wars” film; Red, the manufacturer of professional motion picture cameras utilized by many of the industry’s top directors; Izon, the Florida-based manufacturer of auto-stereoscopic 3D television sets that do not require glasses; Dji, the global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use; and Crytek, an award winning, videogame developer, publisher and technology provider dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming and beyond. Cytek’s technology plays a key role in Vr development and will shape both content and software.

The Summit was developed to foster the on-going conversation and collaboration between the Chinese and American entertainment industries. With a speaking faculty comprised of top executives, award-winning filmmakers, and technology leaders, the event will serve as a platform for communication and business growth opportunities in the areas of film financing, production, promotion, distribution, derivative development, and more. To learn about event participation, please visit www.China-us-Summit.com. »

- Peter Belsito

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