Brendan Davis is a writer-director-producer working internationally in film & TV and a cross-border speaker, podcaster, and consultant. He began his entertainment career in Atlanta in 1990, moved to Los Angeles in 2002, and has been co-located in Beijing and Los Angeles since 2013. Davis has been a producer on films premiering, competing, or winning at Sundance ("Metamorphosis", 2016; Sundance HK), Toronto (DEADGIRL, 2008; BORN TO DANCE, 2015), Berlin (BORN TO DANCE, 2016) and other top festivals.
In 2013 Davis produced the first Los Angeles-based season of Chinese TV hit "Jia Pian You Yue", featuring Stan Lee, Justin Lin, M. Night Shyamalan, Sean Astin, and others. He is a former Producing faculty member at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, served a year as Chairman of Adamas Film International in Beijing, has guest lectured at the Beijing Film Academy, and made appearances on CGTN's "Culture Express" discussing the intersection between China and Hollywood. Davis is currently in development on Paris-based feature film MY FAVORITE SEASON with filmmaker Larry Sullivan through their company International Troublemakers, and on New Zealand-based features DEAR MARY ANNE and SOUTHERN HAWK with local partners.
In addition to his film efforts, Davis created, produces and hosts the popular podcast “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom", co-created "How China Works" with Yingying Li, and launched a NEW show, “If I Knew You Better”, on March 29, 2019.
NEW PODCAST DIVULGES SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL FOREIGNERS IN CHINA
“BIG FISH IN THE MIDDLE KINGDOM” AIMS TO FLATTEN THE LEARNING CURVE
BEIJING, August 1, 2017 — “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom”, a podcast about “laowai” (“foreigners") doing ambitious things in China, has launched and is available in all popular podcatchers. The show features a diverse array of expats who are successfully pursuing their dreams as an outsider in a foreign land.
Host Brendan Davis: “Since moving to Beijing I’ve met so many foreigners having a China adventure that I had to dig deeper and see what makes us all tick. Along the way, I’ve learned things that have helped me understand China beyond stereotypes and soundbites, so I wanted to share them."
The show has featured Steve Hoffman, Founder and CEO of FoundersSpace, a leading Silicon Valley tech incubator; Jesse Appell, a Fulbright Scholar from Boston who is at the forefront of the standup comedy and improv explosions in Beijing; TV host and producer Coca Xie, who is building a cultural bridge paved with a red carpet; plus venture capitalist Loren Heinold, actor Matthew Knowles, screenwriter-producer Steve Barr, and others.
Steve Hoffman (Episode #005): "From Silicon Valley to Hollywood, almost everyone wants to work with China, but when it comes to practical advice, most people don't even know where to start. Brendan Davis gives you an insider's view of China and what it takes to succeed."
Steve Barr (Episode #006): “Brendan Davis knows what he’s talking about. He’s well-connected with experienced entrepreneurs in China, and the podcast feels like conversations among talented friends rather than formal interviews. I look forward to every time a new episode shows up in my subscription."
Jesse Appell (Episode #009): "The podcast finds the coolest person you might bump into in Beijing and takes the listener in-depth into their story. Brendan Davis brings personal experience and a listening ear to the project and cares about making each episode as good as it can be."
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Each week on "Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom", host Brendan Davis talks with someone who is doing something challenging, unique or a little bit crazy in China. Guests share funny stories, useful insights, and cautionary tales about their lives in the Middle Kingdom.
About BRENDAN DAVIS:
BRENDAN DAVIS was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and began his entertainment career in 1990. He moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has been a producer on films competing at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and other top festivals. In 2013 Davis produced a US season of Chinese TV hit "Jia Pian You Yue" featuring Stan Lee, Justin Lin, M. Night Shyamalan, Sean Astin, and others. Davis has been co-located in Beijing and Los Angeles since 2013. He has guest lectured at the Beijing Film Academy and works as a producer and consultant with global partners. Davis created the podcast “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” in May 2017 in an attempt to make more sense of his new home, and he co-created "How China Works" with Yingying Li to continue his journey.
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