Jack Gao
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China

Smart Cinema

Jack
Gao

Founder / CEO

At a crossroads between Dalian Wanda’s cultural and international businesses and one of the top connectors between Hollywood and the Chinese film industry, Gao became interim CEO at Legendary Entertainment in January 2017, after Thomas Tull left the company he founded and sold to Wanda. But with Wanda feeling the painful government squeeze on global expansion, Gao exited that October. Using his venture-capital experience, deep connections and sales skills, he bounced back in 2018 as head of movie-streaming mobile app Smart Cinema, aiming to make smartphones part of the theatrical distribution chain. Proving its technical chops, Smart has released more than 60 films in China and become operational in Spain, Italy and the U.S. Phase II will combine its VOD-like functions with 3D and VR. 

Career

  • Legendary Entertainment
  • Smart Cinema

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang was this week acquitted in Australia of multiple rape and sexual assault charges. Producer, Wang Jing was similarly found not guilty on seven counts of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.The cases sprang from accusations made in March 2018 that the two men had gone to the Sydney hotel room of a woman with whom they had been partying, after completing filming of Chinese series “Love in Aryana.” There, they were alleged to have taken turns...

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