Chris Fenton has leveraged his experience in film production across Hollywood and China to share his lessons with America’s top diplomats, executives, and policy makers. He and host Greg Wool relive his story on becoming a producer, navigating China’s complex requirements for international films, and his hopes for the future of this delicate relationship between the world’s two strongest powers. Along the way, Chris explains what a producer does and how they make the difficult decisions of which films to produce. Focusing on China’s relationship with Hollywood and the impact it may have in the future, he also shares his views on the impact of factors outside of Hollywood’s control, such as the NBA. Finally, they look at how the major events of 2020 (COVID-19 & the U.S. Presidential election) have further complexified this already difficult situation.
Chris Fenton is a Hollywood executive and author of the new book, “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA & American Business.” After graduating from Cornell, Chris literally worked his way up from the mailroom at William Morris, quickly becoming a talent agent. He subsequently spent 17 years as the president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group and GM of DMG North America, orchestrating the creative and business activities of that multi-billion dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing. He has produced or supervised 21 films including “Looper” and “Iron Man 3”. Fenton’s book, “Feeding the Dragon,” serves as part memoir, part warning cry, sharing what he has learned about international relations with China. He speaks regularly now as a China expert, and serves as CEO of media capital technologies, an entertainment finance company. A regular guest on Fox News, the BBC, and CNBC, Chris’s work has also appeared in RealClearPolitics, The Federalist and The Wrap.
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Book Website: Feeding The Dragon