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For seventeen years, Chris Fenton served as president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group and GM of DMG North America, internationally orchestrating the creative and business activities of DMG—a multi-billion dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing. He has produced or supervised twenty-one films, grossing $2 billion in worldwide box-office. As an author, Fenton chronicled much of that work in FEEDING THE DRAGON: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business.
At present, he speaks regularly as a China expert and serves as CEO of Media Capital Technologies, having concluded a successful term as Senior Advisor to IDW Media Holdings focused on streamlining operations, expanding international business, and restructuring investments. Fenton also hosts US Congressional member delegations on diplomatic missions to China focused on trade, media, and investment. He is a Trustee of the US-Asia Institute and serves on several company boards. Fenton, a contributor for RealClearPolitics, The Federalist, and The Wrap, regularly appears on Bloomberg, Tucker Carlson, Fox Business, BBC, CNBC, Adam Carolla, Steve Bannon, and VOA.
Fenton, who holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, resides with his wife and two children in Manhattan Beach, CA.
"A must read right now, as tensions unbelievably continue to escalate between the US and China." - Jason Kelly, Bloomberg
"The book makes for a damn fine page-turning read." - Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool News
"Thank heavens you wrote this book. This is a book that should've been out a long time ago." - Tucker Carlson, Tucker Carlson Tonight
"The book is a whirlwind autobiography in the mold of "The Education of Henry Adams," one in which a life's events provide an opportunity to reckon with a world that is changing rapidly if not necessarily for the better." - Ryan McDonald, Easy Reader News
""Feeding the Dragon" is riveting. Fenton is a great storyteller who also has great stories to tell. Part memoir, part policy prescription." - Emily Jashinsky, The Federalist
"A fascinating and great read." - Congressman Mike Gallagher
"This book is going to be a blockbuster. I guarantee you." - Steve Bannon, War Room Pandemic
"Fenton's book is a personal look at events from 2000 to 2014, a critical period for Beijing's growing leverage over Hollywood studios." - Mark Magnier, South China Morning Post
“Paced like a thriller, with comparable doses of international intrigue and conflict, Chris Fenton’s bracingly candid business memoir Feeding the Dragon takes readers deep behind the scenes of Hollywood’s shaky foothold in China. Dealing at the highest levels with Chinese government officials and major American brands like Disney, Marvel, and the NBA, the former Olive Garden waiter-turned-entertainment-industry-power-broker disarmed and defied authorities on both sides of the superpower divide to make billions—and history.
Thanks to a brisk, page-turning storytelling style and an evenhanded, insider-level perspective decades in the making, Feeding the Dragon manages to be both timeless and timely. Captivating details on Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, Kurt Cobain, Michael Phelps, and Marvel Universe creative mastermind Kevin Feige (among others) will enthrall average fans and aspiring moguls alike. But the beating narrative heart remains Fenton’s down-to-earth recounting of a headline-making journey. Ultimately, the intrepid exec builds a compelling case for the power of “cultural diplomacy”: mutually-beneficial, soft power-sharing exchanges as a better way forward than the hardliner battle lines being drawn across Beijing, Washington, and Los Angeles.
Teeming with urgent insights about unlikely alliances and dangerous misperceptions, Feeding the Dragon is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the US-China relationship and the bottom-line realities of show business and professional sports today. Even better, it’s a supremely entertaining ride for anyone who simply loves a great story….
Chris often told me about projects and plans off-the-record that I wouldn’t have reported on anyway, because they all seemed wildly improbable. Every single one came true. And now they’re all down on the page.”
—Jamie Bryan, Fast Company contributor
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