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Media Executive / Speaker / Producer / US-China Expert / Advisor
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, and packaged sixty- three others. He sat on the board of Valiant Comics, directing its eventual acquisition, and he worked closely with both Marvel and Hasbro, orchestrating various projects on the IP exploitation side. 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 on China and the exchange of commerce & culture globally. Fenton also serves as CEO of Media Capital Technologies, having concluded a successful term as Senior Advisor to IDW Media Holdings focused on streamlining operations, IP monetization, expanding international film and television business, and restructuring investments.
Additionally, Fenton hosts US Congressional member delegations on diplomatic missions to China and ASEAN countries focused on trade, media, and investment. He serves as a Trustee of the US-Asia Institute and Senior Advisor to the Canadian Trade Commission, US- Saudi Business Council, Wasabi Cloud Storage, and WatchMojo, as well as consults for various global investment funds and businesses.
Fenton, a contributor for RealClearPolitics, South China Morning Post, Smerconish / CNN, OUTKICK / Fox Sports, The Federalist, C- Suite Quarterly, American Thinker, Bleeding Cool, and The Wrap, regularly appears on Bloomberg, CBS, NPR, Fox, Fox Business, BBC, CNBC, News Nation, Fox Sports, and VOA. He also lectures often at universities, graduate programs, and U.S. Military Academies and is a longtime member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Science.
Fenton, who started his career as a motion picture agent at the William Morris Agency after obtaining 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
"More chilling and cynical is a point Fenton makes a little later: “Even worse, the price of crossing the culture gap in the wrong direction can be catastrophic…" - Washington Post
"A must-read with an important set of ideas to share with the policymaking community." - Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations & Stanford's Hoover Institute
"This book is a tour de force!" - Former Speaker, Newt Gingrich
"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
"Fantastic read... Seriously, read this!" - Clay Travis, OUTKICK the Coverage / Fox Sports
"Interesting thing about Chris's book is his ability to give us a peak inside the (Chinese censorship) system. To Chris's credit, it's obvious he grapples with what that means, given the power granted (by Hollywood) to the censors." - James Tager, PEN America
"I enjoyed this book!" - Bill Bishop, Sinocism
"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
"If you are interested in Hollywood and China and all the big $$$, read "Feeding the Dragon"." - Greta Van Susteren
"I loved this book!" - Laura Ingraham, The Ingraham Angle
"Have to say that it is entertaining, informative, and eye-opening. Highly recommend!" - Anthony Pompliano, The Pomp Podcast
"You should read Chris Fenton’s “Feeding the Dragon.” Fenton is more sympathetic to the Chinese than I am, but he had a first-person view on how the CCP works and how they influence Hollywood films." - Sonny Bunch, The Bulwark
""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
""Feeding The Dragon" has broad appeal. It is a gripping page-turner... the book is an easy read, mixing a compelling story with rich insights..." - Nick Pozek, Columbia Law School Professor / Book Reviewer, New Books Network
"This book is going to be a blockbuster. I guarantee you." - War Room Pandemic
"As studios clamor to squeeze every red cent from a film, the process has created a Hollywood culture of self-censoring best described in the new book “Feeding the Dragon” by Hollywood producer Chris Fenton." - The Washington Times
"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
"Chris was a fantastic guest, and he didn't even cover a fraction of the stories in his great new book. Get yourself a copy!" - China Unscripted / China Uncensored Show
"Fenton knows the topic better than anyone... the precarious relationship between Hollywood and China." - Neal Pollack, Book & Film Globe
"Fantastic Book!" - Nick Adams, Dennis Prager Show
“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
October 13, 2021: Should NBCUniversal Use Its Leverage Over China's Communist Party?
July 22, 2021: To Boycott or Not: Let the Athlete's Decide.
April 7, 2021: Author Op-Ed on Beijing Olympics on Smerconish / CNN.
March 28, 2021: Op-Ed: American Thinker - America's Leverage w/ Beijing2022.
October 30, 2020: CSQ / C-Suite Quarterly Author Op-Ed.
October 6, 2020: South China Morning Post - Author Op-Ed.
October 6, 2020: Bleeding Cool News - Author Op-Ed.
September 21, 2020: Clay Travis / Outkick / Fox Sports Author Op-Ed.
June 14, 2020: Op-ed Divorcing China / Hollywood @ RealClearPolitics.
May 28, 2020: Op-ed China Reset vs. Stock Markets - Federalist.
April 6, 2020: The Wrap & USAI - Op-ed & Exclusive Excerpt.
April 3, 2020: Foreign Policy Op-ed - The Federalist.
November 8, 2012: Stanford Keynote - Looper's Film Diplomacy w/ China.
Publishing Agency: Projector Media
Speakers Bureau: UTA / Greater Talent
Don Epstein & Kristen Sena
TV / Film Agency: United Talent Agency
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Publicity: Post Hill Press
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Legal Representation: Pierce Law Group
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