JACOB LELAND previously worked at PRC film finance/production/distribution company Bliss Media. There he was instrumental in acquiring Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge for the Chinese market, which went on to become the most successful WWII film of all time in the country's box office. He also negotiated several high-profile commercial partnerships and worked on the company's first in-house feature film, a coproduction with the UK starring Orlando Bloom and Leo Wu. Bliss Media has its own $150m film fund, which it has invested in both domestic and overseas pictures, among them Pablo Larraín's Oscar-nominated Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.
Prior to joining Bliss, Jake set up and ran a consulting company in Beijing, working with some of China's most prominent political dynasties. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and is proficient in Chinese, Russian and French.
MICHAEL NAKAN was formerly the Creative Executive at Joe Wright's Shoebox Films, building the TV slate of the award-winning film company by sourcing material, working with high-end writers and generating ideas. After Hollywood stints at 20th Century Fox, ICM Partners and Scott Rudin Productions, he worked alongside showrunner Beau Willimon on Netflix’s House of Cards. He then moved to HBO in New York, working on marketing/distribution campaigns for hit shows like Game of Thrones, and subsequently for NBCUniversal’s International Studio in London.
He graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars department. He sits on the BAFTA-Rocliffe New Writer’s Jury and on the BAFTA VR advisory board, and was one of a handful of UK industry executives invited to participate in the London Screenwriter's Festival Pitchfest 2017.
LIPING PAN is a bilingual producer with over 10 years of experience. She formerly worked as a Producer/Director at Beijing Television (BTV) and China Central Television (CCTV) for 8 years. Her expertise lies in developing new programmes and series for TV broadcasters. She has developed many documentary formats, as well as studio-based TV shows and live broadcast series. Her documentary work, “The Power of the Microphone” won first prize at the Beijing Awards from a pool of over 200 programmes.
A native of Hunan province and now residing in the UK, Liping holds a Masters degree in Film and TV from the University of Bristol plus a Bachelors in Advertising from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.