Jack Gao
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Jack Q. Gao

Jack
Gao

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Jack Gao explains his role simply enough: he operates at the intersection of Wanda’s internationalization drive and anything to do with the cultural industries. That has made Gao a major dealmaker, responsible for bringing in the Legendary Entertainment, Odeon-UCI and Dick Clark acquisitions in 2016 alone, and as such one of the most important men in the Hollywood business scene.

In Jan. 2017 he recently added interim, operational control of Legendary following the exit of Thomas Tull. An engineer with degrees from Harbin and UCLA, Gao has the top table experience that comes from working successively for Bill Gates (Microsoft China) Rupert Murdoch (News Corp.) and Wanda’s ambitious chairman Wang Jianlin. 2017 could test Gao’s management skills over his dealmaking smarts: Wanda remains on the hunt for further acquisitions, but resistance to that is growing both in China and the U.S.

Career

  • Legendary Entertainment
  • Wanda Media Group
  • News Corporation

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

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Jack Gao Departs Wanda Group, Legendary Entertainment

Jack Gao Departs Wanda Group, Legendary Entertainment

Jack Gao, senior vice president of Dalian Wanda Group and interim CEO of Legendary Entertainment, has departed the Chinese conglomerate, Variety has confirmed.The move comes after Wanda has been rebuffed by the Chinese government for its aggressive overseas expansion moves. Gao had been instrumental in many of those moves -- some successful, others that were aborted.Zeng Maojun, president of Wanda Film, will take the reins as Legendary's interim leader. Founder, Thomas Tull departed the studio in January, leaving it without top leadership,...

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