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Jason E. Squire, M.A.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
Work Phone: 213.740.3317
Office: SCA 422

Jason E. Squire teaches movie business, the case study class and screenwriting. He is editor of The Movie Business Book, the field’s primary textbook. The “International Third Edition” global rollout includes Chinese, English, Japanese and Spanish.

Squire’s longstanding research on business aspects of entertainment helped establish “movie business” as a distinct area of academic study. He co-edited an earlier, pioneering textbook, the subject’s original knowledge formation.

Beijing Film Academy honored him in 2012 with two appointments: Visiting Professor and also Director, Study Center of the Hollywood Industrial System.

His current research was converted into the scholarly article “An Introduction to DIY Marketing and Distribution,” published by Film Art, the official journal of the China Film Association (issue 2012.2).

Squire was inducted as an Honorary Fellow, Academic/Scholar Branch, (one of eight international scholars), of The DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies, now the Bruce Mallen Scholars and Practitioners Workshop in Motion Picture Industry Studies, a unique, annual gathering of established global professors.

After an executive career at Avco Embassy, United Artists, 20th Century-Fox and with producer Alberto Grimaldi (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Fellini Satyricon, Gangs of New York), Squire joined the USC faculty. He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and appeared on CBS, CNN, NPR, Newsweek On Air, PSB (Korea) and NHK (Japan). Squire has also written for the screen (Red Harvest) and executive produced the Conan The Barbarian soundtrack.

Global honors include Guest Lecturer to investors and executives at "The International Training Workshop of TV and Movie Industry Financial Investment,"Beijing Film Academy (2012); Guest Lecturer to industry professionals sponsored by The Cultural & Creative Industry Management Program ofCheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Beijing (2012); Guest Lecturer to industry professionals, Beijing Film Academy (2011); Guest Lecturer, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Guangzhou (2010); Guest Speaker to industry leaders sponsored by Visual Industry Promotional Organization of Japan (VIPO); Guest Lecturer, Tokyo University of Technology (2009); Guest Speaker, 10th Shanghai International Film Festival (2007); Guest Lecturer, Film Business Academy launch, Cass Business School, City University, London (2006); and Advisory Board Member, Nollywood Foundation (encouraging Nigerian production).