Bennett Pozil heads the Corporate Banking Division at East West Bank and is a leading industry expert on U.S.-China cross-border entertainment financing. His team also specializes in middle market lending, trade finance and developing business opportunities on both sides of the Pacific.
Media and entertainment lending has expanded substantially over the past six years under Pozil’s leadership, making East West Bank one of the premier entertainment financers in both the U.S. and Greater China, and the only bank with a significant presence in both markets. With strong ties in the entertainment industries of both countries, East West Bank is able to add value in financing and facilitating landmark partnerships, like financing for Bona’s investment in TSG for a slate of tent pole films produced and released by Twentieth Century Fox including The Martian. East West Bank also took the lead on debt financing for the co-investment deal between Lionsgate Entertainment and Hunan TV & Ltd. In addition, East West Bank is the lead arranger of the deal between Perfect World Pictures and Universal for the co-financing of 50 studio releases.
In March 2015, Pozil was named as one of the Most Influential Lenders in Los Angeles County by Los Angeles Business Journal. As a leading industry voice on U.S.-China joint ventures, Pozil is a frequent speaker and panelist on cross-border film partnerships and financing at international film festivals and summits. Recent engagements include panelist at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By Conference and film finance summit of the Beijing International Film Festival, moderator at the Asia Society U.S-China Film Summit, speaker at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, and keynote presenter at the inaugural 2014 U.S. China Film & Television Industry Expo. Pozil is a regular lecturer and adjunct professor at the Beijing Film Academy.