Making one of his first speeches as the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Charles Rivkin
described a shared future between the U.S. and Chinese film industries.
He was speaking at the annual U.S.-China Film Summit, organized by the Asia Society, and held this year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Rivkin, himself a former film executive, described “the fundamental significance of our shared storytelling.”
“Imagine not having Chinese audiences. Can we envision a world where American audiences could not watch Jackie Chan
or ‘Wolf Warriors
II.’ In reality we live in a shared world,” Rivkin said. He described how U.S. television shows, such as those of Jim Henson Company, encouraged critical thinking in Chinese children.
“Our two film markets have been undeniably successful — and the future holds even greater promise,” Rivkin said. “However, seizing potential growth — and overcoming the challenges ahead — will require cooperation. … By building