Bennett Pozil

Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking
East West Bank

Bennett Pozil is a leading expert in cross‐border entertainment financing between the United States and China and a Variety500 honouree every year since 2017. Serving as the Head of Corporate Banking at East West Bank, his Entertainment team has facilitated over $6 billion in loans to finance the creation and dissemination of content in both countries, enabling the bank to establish a unique and noteworthy presence in these two markets.

Under Bennett's leadership, the bank has financed an extensive range of streaming content in China for platforms such as iQiyi, Youku, Tencent, and Mango TV, as well as English‐language productions like Roland Emmerich's sci‐fi epic "Moonfall," the Starz series "Heels," Tyler Perry's feature film "A Jazzman's Blues," and several of his television shows on the OWN network. In addition, the bank has also arranged funds for several high‐profile productions such as "Kandahar," starring Gerard Butler, the biographical film "Better Man" based on Robbie Williams, the film adaptation of Judy Blume's iconic coming‐of‐age novel "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," featuring Rachel McAdams and the emerging talent Abby Ryder Fortson, and James Gray's "Armageddon Time." Furthermore, Bennett has spearheaded East West Bank's involvement in ad tech, agenting and structuring facilities for companies like VideoAmp, Channel Factory, and Nativo.

Over the course of his career, Pozil has structured the financing of numerous films, including box office hits like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, Fearless, and Lost in Translation. In addition to

maintaining relationships with prominent Chinese studios such as Bona Film Group, Perfect World, Hunan Broadcasting, and Alibaba Pictures, Bennett's team also collaborates with notable U.S. digital media clients including Scopely, Tastemade, and Skybound.

Bennett has also been a frequent speaker on cross‐border film partnerships at international film festivals and has served as an adjunct professor at the Beijing Film Academy.