BiographyJason E. Squire, Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is editor of The Movie Business Book (MBB4), the field’s primary textbook, with numerous translations.
The Chinese edition was supervised by scholars at Beijing Film Academy, where he was Visiting Professor. He was also named Master of Entertainment Studies by DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai.
Squire’s groundbreaking research on the business of entertainment helped establish “movie business” as a distinct area of academic study. He co-edited an earlier, pioneering textbook, the subject’s original knowledge formation.
His scholarly work was honored at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York at a panel he curated, featuring Shari Redstone, president of National Amusements and Vice-Chair of the Board, ViacomCBS Corp.
Squire was inducted as an Honorary Fellow (at the time one of eight international scholars) of The Mallen Scholars and Practitioners Conference in Filmed Entertainment Economics, a unique, annual gathering of established global professors hosted by UCLA, Yeshiva University and Yale.
He co-hosts a podcast series co-branded by Green Hasson Janks Accountants and MBB4, with guests including MBB4 participant Michael Grillo, Executive Producer, THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME.
Squire presented his research on DIY micro-budget movies when UCLA hosted the Mallen global conference. His scholarly article “An Introduction to DIY Marketing and Distribution” was published by Film Art, the official journal of the China Film Association in Beijing.
In his industry career, Squire served as an executive at Avco Embassy, United Artists, 20th Century Fox and with producer Alberto Grimaldi (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Fellini Satyricon, Gangs of New York). He has also written for the screen (Red Harvest) and executive produced the Conan The Barbarian soundtrack album.
He has served on panels at the U.S. China Co-Production Film Summit at Paramount, the Chinese-American Film Festival, the U.S. China Film and Television Expo, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, USC East Asian Study Center and USC U.S.-China Institute, and moderated the annual SCA panel “DIY and the Micro-Budget Feature Model.”
Squire was featured in “Variety Explains: Coronavirus and the Entertainment Industry.”
Other Media appearances include Agence France-Presse; BBC News; CBC News; CCTV America; CCTV-6; China Daily; CNBC.com; CNN Money; German Press Agency (dpa); Good Morning America Online; Hollywood Reporter; Hong Kong Phoenix Satellite Television; Indiewire; Irish Times; KCAL-TV; KCBS Radio; KNX Radio, Korean Broadcasting (KBS); KPCC Radio; La Opinion; Le Monde; Le Journal du Dimanche; Los Angeles Times; “Marketplace” on NPR (over 30 times); Newsweek; New York Times; NHK Japan; Reuters; Stern.de.; Variety; Wall Street Journal.
Other global honors include Keynote Speaker, “Summit on the Beauty of Film” at Beijing International Film Festival at China National Film Museum; Keynote Speaker, Shanghai Library; Guest Lecturer to industry professionals at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), Beijing; also in Guangzhou; Guest Speaker, Japan Visual Industry Promotional Organization (VIPO); Guest Lecturer, Tokyo University of Technology; Guest Speaker, 10th Shanghai International Film Festival; and Guest Lecturer, Film Business Academy launch, Cass Business School, City University, London.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Global Entertainment Industry; Distribution, Exhibition, Studio Business Model, Independent Business Model, Micro-Budget Business Model, Streaming Model, DIY Business Model, Online Self-Distribution, Home Entertainment, Marketing, Screenwriting, Media Business, Cinema Studies, Entertainment History, Studio History, Independent Filmmaking History, Chinese Film Industry.