‘Conference’ Tag
CineAsia: 5 Things Not to Miss
Hong Kong, December 6th (Hollywood Reporter)
The Hong Kong-based exhibition convention offers regional players a glimpse at Hollywood blockbusters, cutting-edge technology (4D, anyone?) and the latest strategies for combating piracy.

The iconic Hong Kong skyline has become the shooting backdrop of choice for Hollywood tentpoles, including Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Michael Mann’s Cyber and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. From Dec. 10 to 12, exhibitors from throughout the region and top brass from the major studios will admire that cityscape from the annual CineAsia convention, a platform for theater owners and global film distribution executives to talk shop about the latest developments. The event offers a wealth of seminars, special presentations and screenings. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Chinese Executives Talk Film Promotion, Product Placement, Art-House Challenges
Singapore, December 5th (Hollywood Reporter)

Chinese industry insiders at the Asia TV Forum/Screen Singapore on Thursday discussed how to engage with movie audiences in their rapidly evolving domestic market.

The panel, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s senior film critic in the region, Clarence Tsui, began with a look at how the Chinese market has developed over the last couple of decades.

Wang Yizhi, a founding partner of Hangzhou Fandao Investment Management, explained how the viewing of pirated DVDs on a 21-inch TV by 50 people in a rented hall was the closest most Chinese people got to a cinematic experience in the 1990s and early 2000s.

While many in the global movie business are concerned about the shift to small-screen viewing, China has also moved in the opposite direction with an explosion of new cinemas across the country’s cities. The relatively novel experience of watching films on theatrical screens is helping drive the demand for blockbusters and effects-driven titles, panelists said.

They also discussed the differences in taste between China’s wealthier “tier one” cities and other urban centers, explaining how posters and trailers for second- and third-tier cities were more focused on action and stars than those for more sophisticated metropolitan audiences. However, the Internet has become something of a leveler in this respect, though regionally-targeted online advertising is being attempted.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum 2013
Hong Kong, November 13th (bipasiaforum)

The 2nd edition of the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Design Centre, came to a successful close on 7 December 2012. More than 1,400 intellectual property professionals and government officials from 23 countries and regions took part in the conference. The event attracted twice as many participants as attended last year’s inaugural forum. Nearly 40 prominent speakers participated in the event’s panel discussions and sessions, with topics ranging from trademarks and licensing to the latest software copyright trends, and IP in biotechnology and traditional Chinese medicine. 83% of respondents this year rated the conference as “Excellent” and “Good”. 98% of them indicated their keen interest to attend the next BIP Asia Forum, which will be held on 5-6 December 2013.

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Source: bipasiaforum

Deals on cultural projects signed
Beijing, October 29th (China.org)

Three deals in the cultural and creative industries were signed at the 17th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium, which took place in Beijing from October 23 to 24.

The three deals, inked at a business matching event held on October 24, were promoted by the Beijing Cultural and Creative Industry Promotion Center. Included are the following three programs.

The Xiangjiang International Shengtang Cultural and Creative Park, at a worth of 80 million yuan (US$12.9 million), will be built in the core area of Tian’anmen Square in Beijing, targeting high-end cultural and creative enterprises.

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Source: China.org

The 6th China International Games & Amusement Fair
Zhongshan, October 21st (China Exhibition)

Almost one-third of China’s theme parks were opened within the past two years, and plans for more than 30 new parks have been announced, according to Chris Yoshii, a Hong Kong-based expert for consulting firm AECOM. AECOM forecasts that China (including Hong Kong) will overtake the USA in total theme park visits by 2020.

China’s growing middle class considers a theme park visit, which typically costs between US$24 and US$31 for an adult weekend pass, to be an increasingly affordable and desirable activity, according to Yoshii. The Smurfs, Hello Kitty and Angry Birds are among several foreign cartoon characters whose owners plan China theme parks. The massive growth makes China a major market for the amusement industry at large, and a majority of key players have already opened offices in the country.

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Source: China Exhibition

Hong Kong: Business of Design Week 2013
Hong Kong, October 6th (BoDW Website)

In its 11th year as one of the most comprehensive and important annual design forums in Asia, BODW is bringing the designs of Belgium, this year’s partner country, onto centre stage. The week-long programme from 2-7 December covers disciplines in architecture, brands, technology, culture and heritage, industrial, project and fashion design, education, business and communications. Events include the HKDC Awards Ceremony, BODW Forum, DesignEd Asia Conference, exhibitions and outreach programmes, each of which will provide a platform for designers, innovators, business leaders, SMEs, and academics to exchange ideas and inspire each other.

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Source: BoDW Website

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, October 5th (siggraph.org)

The 6th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia will take place from 19 – 22 November in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is expected to draw more than 7,000 professionals from 52 countries to Hong Kong.

The SIGGRAPH Asia conference attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world. The SIGGRAPH Asia community includes people everywhere who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is sponsored by The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges.

Both, a conference and a trade exhibition, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 will allow you to see, meet, and interact with the international computer graphics and interactive techniques community. Witness the astounding advancements of computer graphics technologies, where stellar ideas blend with boundless artistry. If you’ve been longing to be enthralled in tangible illusion and immersed in an affluence of innovation and ground-breaking technologies, this is the place to be.

This year, the conference program line-up includes the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications, Technical Briefs, and Technical Papers.

The trade exhibition, held from 20 – 22 November 2013, will offer participants from hardware and software vendors to studios and educational institutions a platform to market their innovative products and services to computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Conference: 19 – 22 November (Tuesday through Friday)
Exhibition: 20 – 22 November (Wednesday through Friday)

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Source: siggraph.org

Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit to Take Place in China
Beijing, September 26th (Hollywood Reporter)

Spearheaded by Jim Scheidel of Cuningham Group Architecture, the fifth annual Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit – commonly referred to as TESS – will be held in Beijing, China.

TESS is a conference held each year where global leaders in the leisure and entertainment industry gather to plan ways of implementing sustainable design for theme park development. Major corporations that have attended past summits include Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Paramount Parks and Warner Bros among other names. Conducted in Los Angeles for the past four years, new international partnerships with participants in both China and Korea have enabled the conference to be held overseas for the first time.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

First US China Film & TV Industry Expo to be held in LA next March
Beijing, September 15th (Global Times)

After various co-productions and deals, the relationship between China and the US in the TV and movie industry seems to be making headway with the launch of the US China Film & TV Industry (UCFTI) Expo, set to happen in March 2014 in Los Angeles.

In a press conference and launch ceremony last Thursday, Ernest Wooden Jr, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, said in an opening speech that, “We in Los Angeles have been watching the Chinese film market grow into the second largest in the world, [and now] it is the perfect time to develop stronger ties between Los Angeles and China.”

Running from March 5 to 6, the expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, following right on the heels of the Academy Awards on March 2.

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Source: Global Times

G&A 2013 – The 6th China International Game & Amusement Park Industry Fair
Zhongshan, June 19th (China Exhibition)

Organized by Guangzhou Grandeur Exhibition Services Co., Ltd., the 6th China International Games & Amusement Fair (G&A 2013) will take place at Zhongshan Expo Center during October 25 – 27 2013.

The 6th China International Games & Amusement Fair (G&A 2013) will continue to strengthen the Games&Amusement Fair’s directing and driving role in the Games & Amusement industry, achieve the fair’s goal of “to be international, professional, market-oriented and standard” and try its best to build the Fair into a well-known professional brand expo.

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Source: China Exhibition

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