Asia Society Southern California announced it is honoring Kevin Tsujihara, chairman/CEO of Warner Bros., at the 2018 U.S.-China Entertainment Summit on Oct. 30 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Additional honorees include actress Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Elizabeth Daley, dean at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
A longtime home entertainment executive, Tsujihara was handpicked in 2013 by Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes to lead Warner Bros. in the digital age. As the first Japanese-American studio chief, Tsujihara has been an advocate for diversity in Hollywood to better reflect a rapidly changing global market and consumer.
Tsujihara helped spearhead recent Warner box office hit, Crazy Rich Asians, which marked a cultural watershed for Asian and Asian-American talent; and The Meg, the most financially successful U.S.-China co-production to date.
Asia Society is honoring Daley as an education pioneer. In 25 years as dean, Daley has built USC’s renowned film school through a commitment to diversity and global education. Among her many international initiatives include partnerships with Chinese universities.
Founded in 2010 as the U.S.-China Film Summit, the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit today attempts to facilitate co-productions, cross-border investment and the integration of Chinese and American talent in Hollywood. The 2018 Summit aims to look beyond film and TV to areas such as immersive entertainment and gaming, as well as digital technologies that are transforming media.