Executives from Wanda Films and Legendary Pictures to take Keynote Stage at CES Asia 2016

Disruptive technologies take the content and entertainment industry by storm

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#CESAsia--The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM today announced that Dr. Jack Q. Gao, Vice President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group and Intl. Investments & Business Operations and Peter Loehr, CEO of Legendary East, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming CES Asia™ 2016. Owned and produced by CTA, and co-produced by Intex Shanghai, CES Asia 2016 will run May 11-13 in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC). To register as press, visit www.CESAsia.com.

Gao and Loehr’s keynote will be moderated by Clifford Coonan, China correspondent for The Irish Times, and will take place on May 11 at the Kerry Hotel, Shanghai Ballroom 1. The group will discuss the current and future state of the filmmaking business in China, including partnerships around tentpole productions including “The Great Wall” and “Pacific Rim 2.”

“Legendary Pictures and Wanda Films are leading innovators in the film industry, bringing disruptive technologies to the key emerging Chinese film industry,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Entertainment and content are major drivers of tech innovation. We welcome Peter Loehr and Jack Gao to the CES Asia keynote stage to gain insight into the future of filmmaking across the globe.”

Dr. Jack Q. Gao, Vice President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group and Intl. Investments & Business Operations, joined Wanda Group in June 1, 2015. Today, Dr. Gao is on the Boards of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., Infront Sports & Media AG, World Triathlon Corporation, Beijing Vantone Industrial Co. Ltd. and AGTech Holding Ltd. Dr. Gao graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Engineering.

Peter Loehr is the CEO of Legendary East - Legendary Pictures’ China joint venture. He is one of the producers of THE GREAT WALL - the largest ever US-China co-production directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Matt Damon and Andy Lau. Before joining Legendary, Loehr was the Managing Director of the Creative Artists Agency in China for seven years, during which the agency was involved with four of the largest co-productions in Asia - THE BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3, THE KARATE KID. Prior to joining CAA, Loehr produced nine feature films, including SPICY LOVE SOUP, SHOWER and SUNFLOWER.

Clifford Coonan is a Beijing-based writer focusing on Asia, and he has been a correspondent for the past 13 years in China, enjoying a front-row seat on the world's biggest story of change. Dublin born and reared, Coonan is a Beijing correspondent for The Irish Times, and was previously Asia Editor for The Hollywood Reporter and before that, Variety, as well as The Independent and the Times of London. He recently curated the Film Ireland festival in Hong Kong and retains a role as consultant on the film and media industry in the region.

CES Asia 2016 will feature a robust conference program showcasing more than 50 conference sessions and more than 100 speakers. The previously announced Intel keynote will now be occupied by Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of the New Technology Group at Intel Corporation. Walden who oversees Intel’s global research efforts in computing and communications, will take the keynote stage at 4 PM on Wednesday, May 11 at the Kerry Hotel, Shanghai Ballrooms 2-3. Additional CES Asia keynote speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

With more than 300 companies already signed up to exhibit, the entire global technology industry will be represented at CES Asia across 15 product categories from 3D printing and smart home to vehicle technology and wearables, as well as the latest innovation from budding entrepreneurs in Startup Park. For more information visit CESAsia.com.

Note to Editors: Journalists traveling from outside of China will require a J-1 or J-2 visa. For questions about exhibiting at CES Asia, contact Brian Moon at bmoon@CTA.tech or +1 703-907-4351.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

About CES Asia:

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and co-produced by Intex Shanghai, CES Asia is the premier event for the consumer technology industry, showcasing the full breadth and depth of the innovation value-chain in the Asian marketplace. Key global businesses come to this new event to grow and reinforce their brand by showcasing the latest products and technologies to consumer tech industry executives, foreign buyers, international media and a limited number of consumers from China. Attendees have exclusive access to some of the largest brands from China and around the world, while celebrating the innovation that defines the consumer technology sector.

About Intex Shanghai:

Intex Shanghai Co., Ltd is the sub joint venture company of CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade) Shanghai, which started in 1992 and is jointly invested by Shanghai Hongqiao E&T Development Zone United Development Co., Ltd., CCPIT Shanghai and Istithmar P&O Estates FZE. As a prominent producer of tradeshows in China, Intex owns a venue in Shanghai, manages various exhibition venues outside of Shanghai and also organizes and co-organizes 10 international trade shows throughout China. Intex Shanghai is the vice chairman of SCEIA, the Deputy Director of CAEC and the member of UFI and has a stand-out reputation in the domestic exhibition industry. Find Intex Shanghai online at www.intex-sh.com.


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