Bong Joon Ho
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After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Bong’s “Parasite” made history in 2020 by becoming the first foreign-language film to win best picture in the nearly 100-year history of the Academy Awards — and three other Oscars on top of that. As with the director’s other films, commercial success followed critical laurels: “Parasite” grossed $72 million back home and $258 million globally. Known for weaving social issues into personal drama, Bong has been an icon of Korean cinema since the charming but troubling “Memories of Murder” in 2003. “The Host” in 2006 was one of South Korea’s first films to achieve $10 million in ticket sales, showing his history of putting the country on the map as a creative powerhouse. He was also named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People of 2020.”



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Green teamed with billionaire Dan Friedkin in 2017 to launch 30West, an investment company specializing in entertainment. It has already enjoyed major success as the majority stakeholder in film distributor Neon, which scored out of the gate with Oscar winner “I, Tonya” then hit a grand slam with Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” the first non-English-language film to claim the Oscar for best picture. In 2020, 30West acquired a significant stake in British studio Altitude Media Group  and packaged and sold...


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