Al Di’s works include Brigsby Bear (Sundance & Cannes), Piercing (Sundance), The Unicorn (SXSW), and Exit (Toronto International Film Festival).
Anke Redl began her professional media career as a producer with ARD/German TV, and later worked for Reuters TV in Beijing as well as the Financial Times Media & Telecoms in the UK. Since 1999 Redl has been a founding partner in China Media Management Inc. CMM-I, a China based media consultancy that is the exclusive agent for MIPTV and MIPCOM in China, works with clients including National Geographic, MGM, All3Media, Sesame Street, etc. in building their China business as well as on international co-productions. She was named one of 'Top Women in Media in Asia (Content Asia)' in 2014, spoke on the 2017 Women in Leadership Forum organized by the UN and CKGSB, and has participated in and moderated numerous panels focused on the Chinese media industry.
Carsten Winter is a professor of Media and Music Management at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany). He researches media and culture histories, transformations and conjunctures, (strategic) media and music management, music networks and cities. His more than twenty books include Cultural Studies (with Roger Bromley and Udo Göttlich, 1999), Die Cultural Studies Kontroverse (with Andreas Hepp, The Cultural Studies controversy, 2003), Konvergenz und Medienwirtschaft (with Matthias Karmasin - Convergence and Media Economy, 2006), and Connectivity, Network and Flows, Conceptualizing Contemporary Communications (with Andreas Hepp, Friedrich Krotz and Shaun Moores, 2008). Winter is Dean of Students for all scientific programs of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Director of the MA Program “Media and Music,” one of the editors of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR), and elected Board Member of the International Music Business Research Association (IMBRA).
Christian Grewell is a Professor of Interactive Media Arts and Business at NYU Shanghai and co-founder the Program on Creativity + Innovation where he teaches courses at the intersection of emerging media and business. His research areas cover technologies and methods that capture, store, analyze and transmit human communication and emotion across networks.
Liu grew up in Enshi, Hubei almost 1,000 kilometers away from the nearest ocean, and studied ballet before she moved to Hainan and started surfing in 2007. Liu is now considered China’s first female ‘pro’ surfer, helping pioneer the sport in the country. She won her first surfing title at the Hainan Open in 2013, has taken part in the past three Hainan World Longboard championships, and has a Team Rider position for Swatch. She is a TV Presenter, a TEDx speaker, and the founder of the “No Plastic Challenge” and “Take Away from the Sea.” An avid environmentalist, Liu’s work won her the title of Miss Earth China Conservation Ambassador in 2017. She is also a TV Presenter, a TEDx speaker, and the founder of the “No Plastic Challenge” and “Take Away from the Sea.”
David Li is the executive director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab which facilitates the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and the Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem. Prior to SZOIL, he co-founded XinCheJian in 2010, the first hackerspace in China, to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community.
Detlef Schwarte is co-founder of the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany´s largest club festival and one of the most important conferences for the music and digital industries. As managing director, Schwarte is responsible for the international conference of the Reeperbahn Festival, including a program of more than 220 sessions, networking events, showcases, and award shows, and hosts more than 3,500 delegates from 40 countries. As partner and managing director of Inferno Events, a Hamburg public events agency, he has designed and implemented corporate and public events such as Night of Knowledge and Hamburg Night of Theatre or German Unification Day 2008.
Dirk Eschenbacher is a multi-award winning creative director and tech entrepreneur based in Beijing, China. He works between design, technology, film making, branding and digital marketing. Eschenbacher is a co-founder of Atlas, a universal blockchain platform for the travel industry. In 2012 he also co-founded Zanadu, now China’s leading high-end travel agency and travel media channel. Before Atlas and Zanadu, he held several senior creative positions with OgilvyOne, Ogilvy & Mather, and DDB. Together with his teams of talented writers, designers and technologists he won many creative and advertising awards for work on Fortune 500 clients. Awards include China's first ever Cannes Cyber Lion and China's first D&AD yellow pencil. Eschenbacher is also a partner in China’s best venue for live music, Yugong Yishan.
Elliott Zaagaman is an executive coach, corporate trainer, and writer who focuses on how Chinese leaders and organizations interact with their global employees and the public. Zaagman works in the fields of leadership development, HR, and PR. He is both an enthusiastic advocate for, and honest critic of China's tech industry.
Eric Reithler-Barros has been in the music and entertainment industry for 28 years. His 19-year career in international business and creative development experience ranges from Fortune 50 media companies to music technology startups. He served as Global Vice President in New York at SFX Entertainment/Livestyle, the billion-dollar American conglomerate that purchased and redeveloped dance music brands like Tomorrowland, Stereosonic, ID&T/Sensation, and Beatport. Most recently, Reithler-Barros served as Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer at A2LiVE in Shanghai. Reithler-Barros has 27 years of industry experience in the international music community as a professional music producer, festival promoter, artist, performer, label owner, editorial commentator, curator, and lifelong advocate of the genre. He is the founder of FOLD Management, an advanced model for a Chinese music artist management and branding agency. He is also Executive Creative Advisor to Shanghai Media Group.
Jan came to Beijing in 2003, where he attended a 1 year post grad program in film directing at prestigious Beijing Film Academy and founded a boutique production house called tree/house productions in 2005 with fellow graduates from BFA, where he produced more then 50 music videos for independent Chinese bands as well as some of the most recognized performing artists in the country, including Wang Feng, Fan Bingbing and Hang Geng. He became directors assistant of acclaimed Chinese art house director Lou Ye during the post production of the movie “Summer palace” and also produced advertising films and viral videos for clients such as VW, Mercedes, Chrysler and Bosch to name just a few. He produced several international documentaries such as “As time goes by in Shanghai” by Uli Gaulke, and helped several Chinese movie productions arranging principal photography in different European countries. In 2015 Jan joined China’s leading luxury online travel site Zanadu.cn, to create Chinas’ first virtual reality travel production studio, that got widely recognition and awards around the world. In 2017, Jan took the chance to go back into traditional movie industry, working as producer and head of international relations at Super Grain productions. One of his many projects is the management of the China movie makers club at the international film festival in Cannes since 2018.
Jesper Skibsby is the CEO and founder of WARM—the first large-scale radio monitoring service focusing on individuals in the music industry. WARM delivers insights and realtime data about when and where songs are played on a radio station, anywhere in the world. Skibsby is also a board member of DUP (association for independent record labels in Denmark). Previously he represented MusicDNA as a Scandinavian sales agent, and worked in the music industry for six years—establishing companies like Fandango Music Management, We Make Noise, and Kassiopeia Kollektive.
John Stratton began his entertainment career in 2006 with Nexus Management, Shakira’s management. In 2007 he joined music management legend David Sonenberg's boutique firm, DAS Communications, as a talent manager. The management roster included The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Sean Paul, Kesha, Pixie Lott, Taylor Momsen, and producer Toby Gad. In 2014, Stratton joined Tribal Brands marketing in California as Head of Entertainment, where he developed global entertainment marketing campaigns for brands including Shell and JP Morgan Chase. Recently, Stratton partnered with veteran Chinese music industry producer and label head, Zeng Yu, to create a new Chinese music entertainment company called FutureONE Entertainment. FutureONE discovers, develops, and promotes new domestic Chinese talent for the world stage.
Kent Lee is a data driven marketing veteran. Before joining Wunderman, Lee worked at Ogilvy and Weber Shandwick. He has serviced multi-national brand advertisers including Ford Motors, VW, IBM, Microsoft, Nestle, P&G, Lacoste, adidas, British Airways, and more. He is now General Manager at Wunderman’s Beijing office, leading the transformation of the agency as they face the challenges of new technology. He believes that technologies such as voice and visual recognition, as well as machine learning, will shake up the brand communication industry.
With a diploma in Graphic Design and Communication from Penninghen School in Paris, Marc Cansier co-founded Marc & Chantal after arriving Hong Kong in 1993. Since then, Cansier has established the company’s brand consultancy services and led the creative team in a range of integrated projects. As Creative Director, he now focuses on developing the company’s creative direction, brand strategy and place-branding functions. Marc & Chantal’s most recent landmark projects, like the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts and RYSE hotel, blend together culture, retail, and hospitality. Cansier is also spearheading the insight and research capabilities of the company. Apart from publishing a Millennials Travel report in 2015, he has moderated Marc & Chantal’s recent discussion series on Urban Social Destinations of the Future with co-founder Marc Brulhart.
Mathew Daniel has been one of the pioneers in the development of the music licensing market in China for the past 13 years, having co-founded the distribution company R2G. After the acquisition of R2G by Tencent Music in 2016, Daniel moved to NetEase Cloud Music to head up their International Music division. Founded in 2013, NCM has been the fastest growing music service in China, with over 400 million current users—the largest userbase amongst all music services in China. In addition to launching the first legal independent music store in China ten years ago, he paved the way for many international artists to legally distribute their music in China, including then unknown artist Adele.
Miao Wong is co-founder of Acupuncture Records, DOT Records, INTRO Electronic Music Festival, and Lantern Club. She is the founder and CEO of creative agency ARP Creative (ARP, Art Rebels Party), and curator of nmwv (previously dART) and Boiler Room China.
Michael Mondria (formerly Michael Badics) is Senior Director of Ars Electronica Solutions, a new division of Ars Electronica. Previously he founded and managed Memetics GmbH, a Berlin based company in the field of media art and creative technologies, and co-managed Ars Electronica Futurelab. During his eight years at ArsElectronica Futurelab, he realized international art projects, cooperative projects, and third party projects with a focus on cutting edge technology. Before he worked as software engineer and manager for the multinational software company Fabasoft AG. He started his career by studying computer sciences at Johannes Kepler University Linz.
A former journalist in Germany, Philipp Grefer has worked in and researched the Chinese music industry for over a decade, and is the representative for the lobby organization of international music managers (IMMF) in China. In 2009 he co-founded a 360 music, event, and creative agency, FakeMusicMedia and label FakeLoveMusic, which manages some of the best Chinese talents abroad (e.g. Nova Heart, Shao, The Hormones). In 2016 he co-founded NEU China in Berlin to initiate collaborations between East and West while showcasing the most interesting artists and innovators at the intersection of technology and the creative industries. His newest endeavor is called WISE. He has consulted for brands and institutions such as the GIZ, German Embassy, EXPO 2010 Shanghai, Neumann, Music Norway, Initiative Musik, LiveNation, Germany Reeperbahn Festival etc. He spins music under his DJ name Metro Tokyo.
Prasad Shetty is a movie producer and distributor, dedicated to cultural communication between China and India. Shetty is an advisor to the Information and Broadcasting ministry of India, and is actively involved in the signing of co-production agreements between these two countries. He has successfully distributed several Indian movies in China, including Happy New Year, PK, Baahubali, Bhajrangi Bhaijaan, and Dangal. His production works include Oscar shortlisted movie Da Tang Xuan Zang, Buddies in India, and Secret Superstar. Shetty is also an advisor and partner in KWAN (the Biggest talent agency in India) and heads the committee for CII (Confederation for Indian Industries) for China-India cultural communications. Currently he is a director at China Peacock Mountain Group and Board of Director at Mad River Films (US).
One of China’s leading media and music executives, Scarlett Li started her music career as the CEO of Star TV’s Channel [V]. In 2008, Li founded Zebra Media, China’s number one music festival operator. Zebra Media organizes the largest music festivals in China including the Zebra Music Festival (ZMF), Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) attracting more than 150,000 people each festival at multiple locations in China. Li joined CMC holdings in 2017 as the Vice President of the group, responsible for music and the live entertainment division. Prior to Zebra Media, Scarlett Co-Founded R2G Limited, a music rights clearance company, which was sold to Tencent Music Entertainment in 2016. Li obtained her bachelors degree in Australia and her EMBA from Tsinghua University. She is a Henry Crown fellow with the Aspen Institute, a NAL of the World Economic Forum and an Asia21 fellow of the Asia Society.
Siegfried Zielinski is a Michel Foucault Professor of Media Archaeology at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, honorary doctor and professor at the University of Arts Budapest, chair for Media Theory/Archaeology & Variantology of the Media and director of the Vilém Flusser Archive at Berlin University of the Arts (till 2016), rector of the Karlsruhe University of Arts & Design (2016-2018), and founding rector (1994–2000) of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Zielinski has published numerous books and essays mainly focusing on Archaeology of the Media, and with Peter Weibel he curated and edited “Allah’s Automata” (2015), “Ramon Llull & the Ars Combinatoria,” and “Art in Movement – 100 Master Pieces” (2018).
Heading up ventures for major indie label Monstercat in the Asia Pacific, Stephen Dowler has been in the music industry in China since 2011. He is a founding member of Shanghai’s first ever electronic music festival E Midi, China’s largest electronic music festival STORM, and DianYinTai, one of China’s top platforms for electronic music. He has licensed over 2.5 million songs to the Chinese market and has also been a consultant for China’s largest independent music distributor Kanjian Music. Dowler has also teamed up with many brands, bringing their resources into the music scene and increasing their involvement in local culture. Examples of these include Sennheiser, Jagermeister, Heineken, Doppler Labs, Urbanears, and many more.
Tony Li is the Co-Founder of ACRCloud, a Beijing based comprehensive automatic content recognition provider. He worked at Huawei and Shazam prior to ACRCloud. He has been working in the digital music and online industries for years.
Sun Wei is the founder and director of Humanity+China (Or H+China), and a senior consultant in Artificial Intelligence at Counterpoint Research. She formerly served as a product manager at Advantech, a MBA consultant to Nuance Communications, a research consultant in IDC Massachusetts headquarters, and a professional associate at The World Bank DC headquarters. She obtained an MBA degree from Boston University with the highest Dean’s scholarship and dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing. She obtained her bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University with a Chips Award.
As a DJ, a Researcher and a Chief Editor of a music streaming service Pinie Wang has a deeper understanding of the structure and development of the music, media and mobile business. Being in love with music in her whole life, Pinie joined the entertainment scene in 2007 by starting to work as a DJ. During the night time, she was intrigued with spinning records and making crowds of people dance. During the day time, she was a researcher of “Music and Advertising”. In 2012 Pinie was able to publish her PhD through Springer Publishing. 2013 Pinie joint Telekom Austria Group and was responsible for mobile business in the Asia Pacific area. She took the key role in engaging Chinese start-ups in developing business in IoT and m2m. 2017 she became Editor in Chief of Xplore Music, a streaming service developed by A1 group.
Zeng Yu has devoted himself to Chinese music industry for more than 10 years, including music production, promotion and education. He and his team have organized many large-scale music performances, tours and music festivals. Zeng is also a music producer, and a member of Radio Mars. Since 2001, he has been the music producer for Eason Chan, Zhou Xun, Pu Shu, Lao Lang, Ye Pei, Zheng Jun, Mo Yanlin, 12 Girls Band, Reflector, Roy Wang, the member of TFboys, Jason Zhang, Mavis Fan, Faith Yang, Chris Lee, and more.