Peter Shiao

Peter Shiao (Chinese: 萧培寰; pinyin: Xiāo Péiyuán) is a cross border entrepreneur, film and media producer, financier, marketer, social activist and commentator, who, throughout his multi-industry career, has sought to unite the East and West.

He is currently the Founder and CEO of Immortal Studios,[1] an original content studio focused on developing stories derived from the Wuxia genre (martial arts, fantasy).

He has been quoted extensively on all things Hollywood-China in The Economist, CNBC,[2] The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Business Journal, National Public Radio,[3] The Hollywood Reporter, Sampan,[4] China Daily and many others.[5]

Hollywood-China CareerEdit

Shiao previously founded Orb Media Group,[6] a company focused on producing, financing and marketing films and online games with transformational themes that unite the international and Chinese markets.[7]

Prior to Orb, Shiao was Founder and CEO of Ironpond, a US and China based producer and financier affiliated with the China Film Group. It was the first private equity style fund for films in China for both English and Chinese language films.[8]

Shiao also co-founded Celestial Pictures from which he produced Restless (1998 film),[9] which The New York Times billed as “the first English-language movie to be filmed in contemporary Beijing and the first United States-Chinese co-production.” [10]

In 2009, Shiao founded the US-China Film Summit, a gathering of thought leaders and content creators in American and Asian entertainment, held annually with the Asia Society, the Motion Picture Association, the Producer's Guild of America [11] and the China Film Co-Production Corporation. The US-China Film Summit underwent a name change in 2019 and is now known as US-Asia Entertainment Summit.[12]

He was appointed as Chairman of entertainment and media of Asia Society Southern California in 2010, helping to unite China and Hollywood entertainment.[13]

Shiao has spoken extensively at conferences, including at the Milken Summit,[14] Harvard Business School, Harvard China Forum,[15] Variety's Future of Film Summit,[16] the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, the Game Summit and the US-China Film Summit.[17]

ChinaWeek and California-China RelationsEdit

Since 2014, he has served as founder and Chairman of ChinaWeek,[18] a nonprofit organization partnered with the Los Angeles Times which hosts and presents an annual series of large scale events throughout Southern California. Past event partners have included the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milken Institute, Huntington Library, University of Southern California, University of California - Los Angeles and the Bowers Museum.

Shiao also founded the annual California-China Business Summit [19] with then California Governor Jerry Brown under ChinaWeek, and played a pivotal role in mobilizing the California-China Strategic MOU signed by Governor Brown and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He has also testified in the CA Legislature in support of developing closer economic and cultural ties with China.[20]

Before his career in media, Shiao served as policy and political staff on the California State Senate and was responsible for the California Senate Committees on the Pacific Rim, the Entertainment Industry, and Rebuilding Los Angeles.[21]

Shaolin TempleEdit

Shiao has also worked closely with the Shaolin Monastery,[22] known also as the Shaolin Temple of China, to share Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen lineage globally, including chairing the Shaolin Summit and heading the Shaolin US Association.[23] He also oversaw the North American region for the reality show, K-Star, a joint production by Shaolin Temple and Shenzhen Media Group on finding the next martial arts action hero.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Immortal Studios". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "CNBC - Is there really money to be made in Chinese movies?". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "NPR - How China's Censors Influence Hollywood". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "SAMPAN - Harvard China Forum Marks Century of Revolution". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Hollywood Reporter - The Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment opens to uplift". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Orb Media Group". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Hollywood Reporter - Falcon Partner Holdings Invests in Orb Media Group (Exclusive)". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Variety - Orb Media Opens Chinese Production Unit". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Baltimore Sun - Using diplomacy to film in China Movie: A U.S. producer making a romantic comedy has to negotiate location shoots, casting and script revisions". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The New York Times - FILM REVIEW; Getting to Know Beijing in Romances". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Producer's Guild of America". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Hollywood Reporter - Fraught U.S.-China Relationship Comes Into Focus at Asia Society Summit". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Asia Society - Chinese Movie Mogul Promises New Party Leaders Will Open Market to Hollywood". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Milken Institute - China's Growing Movie Industry: Does It Still Need Hollywood?". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "SAMPAN - Harvard China Forum Marks Century of Revolution". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Variety - U.S.-China Summit Set to Expand". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "The Wrap - Fifth Annual US-China Film Summit Hits Los Angeles in November". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Business Wire - ChinaWeek Announces Speakers for Inaugural California-China Business Summit on May 11, 2016". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Los Angeles Business Journal - Uncertainty at California-China Business Summit". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "LA Business Journal - Los Angeles Well-Positioned for China Relations". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "UCLA 2015 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference Speaker Bios". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "USC US-China Institue - Shaolin Temple And The 21st Century". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "HuffPost - Shaolin Kung Fu: An Interview with Abbot Shi Yongxin". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "China Daily - Global Kungfu stars gather at Shaolin Temple". Retrieved 15 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)