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Jason E. Squire, M.A.

Professor of the Practice of Cinema Arts

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production
John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Work Phone: 213.740.3317
Office: SCA 422

Jason E. Squire teaches movie business, case study and screenwriting. He is editor of The Movie Business Book, the field’s primary textbook, with numerous translations.

The Chinese edition was supervised by scholars at Beijing Film Academy, where he was Visiting Professor. He was also named Master of Entertainment Studies by DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai.

Squire’s groundbreaking research on the business 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.

His scholarly work was honored at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York at a panel he curated, including Shari Redstone, president of National Amusements, parent company of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.

Squire was inducted as an Honorary Fellow (at the time one of eight international professors) of The Mallen Economics of Filmed Entertainment conference, a unique, annual gathering of established global professors co-hosted by Yeshiva University and Yale.

He presented his research on DIY micro-budget movies when UCLA hosted the Mallen global conference. His scholarly article “An Introduction to DIY Marketing and Distribution” was published by Film Art, the official journal of the China Film Association in Beijing. 

The USC Price School of Public Policy tapped his expertise to lecture for three groups of high-level visiting Chinese dignitaries: media executives and government officials from Shanghai, Shenzhen and Jiangsu Province.

In his industry career, Squire served as an executive 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). He has also written for the screen (Red Harvest) and executive produced the Conan The Barbarian soundtrack.

He has served on panels at the U.S. China Co-Production Film Summit at Paramount, the Chinese-American Film Festival, the U.S. China Film and Television Expo, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, USC East Asian Study Center and USC U.S.-China Institute, and moderated the SCA panel “DIY and the Micro-Budget Feature Model.”    

Media appearances include Agence France-Presse, CCTV America; CCTV-6; China Daily; CNN Money; KCAL-TV; KCBS Radio; Korean Broadcasting (KBS); KPCC Radio; La Opinion; Le Monde; Le Journal du Dimanche; Los Angeles Times; “Marketplace” on NPR; Newsweek; The New York Times; NHK Japan; Reuters; Variety; Wall Street Journal.

Other global honors include Keynote Speaker, Summit on the Beauty of Film at Beijing International Film Festival, China National Film Museum; Guest Lecturer to investors and executives at "The International Training Workshop of TV and Movie Industry Financial Investment," Beijing Film Academy; Keynote Speaker, Shanghai Library; Guest Lecturer to industry professionals at The Cultural & Creative Industry Management Program of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), Beijing; Guest Lecturer, CKGSB, Guangzhou; Guest Speaker to industry leaders sponsored by Visual Industry Promotional Organization of Japan (VIPO); Guest Lecturer, Tokyo University of Technology; Guest Speaker, 10th Shanghai International Film Festival; and Guest Lecturer, Film Business Academy launch, Cass Business School, City University, London.