Transnational Hollywood

December 8, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Transnational Hollywood

Friday, December 8th, 2017
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Reception to follow from 4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Transnational Hollywood

Transnational Hollywood is a collaborative gathering of film industry leaders and prominent scholars to discuss the transnational circulation of talent and motion picture content, and the making of international co-productions.

In the morning, the first Q&A session features a Hollywood veteran who pioneered contemporary models for international film projects and whose company provides advisory services to producers and financiers. The second morning session is a discussion with the head of international project packaging and financing at a major talent agency.

The afternoon roundtable focuses on the talent, stories, and genres that travel most fluidly across borders and around the world. It includes prominent players in the world of film production and distribution who are joined by an actor-director and a specialist in the distribution/promotion of French films in the US. They explore patterns of global circulation and shed light on the ways that the geography of Transnational Hollywood is being transformed in light of changing professional practices, government policies, and new technologies.

Each session is chaired by scholars who moderate the discussion with featured guests and invite questions from the audience.

Event Schedule

Morning panels, 10am-12:30pm

10am: Opening by Dean Elizabeth Daley (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
10:30am: Introduction by Violaine Roussel (CNRS/USC) and Michael Renov (USC)

Producing and Packaging Transnational Projects

11am-11:45am: A conversation with John Ptak (Producer and former agent)
Moderators: Denise Mann (UCLA) & Jennifer Holt (UCSB)

11:45am-12:30pm: A conversation with Rena Ronson (Head of the Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency)
Moderators: Michael Curtin (UCSB) & Nitin Govil (USC)

Afternoon panel, 2-4pm

What travels?

Roundtable with Xian Li (Director of International Productions, 20th Century Fox), Bill Mechanic (Chairman and CEO, Pandemonium Films), Adeline Monzier (US representative for UNIFRANCE, the organization that promotes French cinema outside France), and Robert Townsend (Actor, director, writer, and producer).
Moderators: Michael Berry (UCLA) & Violaine Roussel (CNRS/USC)

Conclusion by Jim Wiatt (USC)

4:30-6pm: Reception

About the Participants

  • Xian Li, Director of International Productions, 20th Century Fox
  • Bill Mechanic, Chairman and CEO, Pandemonium Films; former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Adeline Monzier, US representative for UNIFRANCE, the organization that promotes French cinema outside France
  • John Ptak, Producer and former agent
  • Rena Ronson, Head of the Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency
  • Robert Townsend, Actor, director, writer, and producer
  • Michael Berry, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies, UCLA
  • Michael Curtin, Professor of Film and Media Studies, UCSB
  • Nitin Govil, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies, USC
  • Jennifer Holt, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, UCSB
  • Denise Mann, Professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television
  • Michael Renov, Professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, USC
  • Violaine Roussel, Professor of Sociology, University of Paris 8-CNRS/USC

Opening words by Elizabeth Daley (Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts, USC). Conclusion by Jim Wiatt, USC.

Event Coordinators & Sponsors

The event is co-organized by Michael Renov (Professor and Vice Dean, University of Southern California), Michael Curtin (Mellichamp Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara), and Violaine Roussel (Professor at the University of Paris VIII & Affiliated faculty at USC). It is co-sponsored by the French National Agency for Scientific Research (CNRS), the UCSB Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Find out more about our event and research program here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 9:30 A.M.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Violaine Roussel