Jack Gao
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China
2018

Smart Cinema

Jack
Gao

Founder / CEO

Having been at the crossroads of Dalian Wanda’s cultural and international businesses and it being one of the top connectors between Hollywood and the Chinese film industry, Gao expanded his mantle, becoming interim CEO role at Legendary Entertainment after the departure of Thomas Tull. But with Wanda feeling a powerful government squeeze on dealmaking and international expansion, Gao exited the company in October 2017. Using his venture-capital skills and connections, he bounced back early the next year as head of Smart Cinema, a tech initiative that aims to make smartphones part of the theatrical distribution chain. Smart Cinema’s operations are still in the nascent stage, but clearly Gao, a global C-suite veteran, is not to be counted out.    

Career

  • Legendary Entertainment
  • Wanda Media Group
  • Smart Cinema

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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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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