"Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom" is a weekly podcast about making it big as a foreign fish in the world's biggest pond - China!
Every week from Beijing, host Brendan Davis talks with a fellow foreigner who is doing something challenging, unique or maybe even just a little bit crazy. Guests ranging from venture capitalists to standup comedians share funny stories, useful insights, and occasionally, cautionary tales about their lives in China.
The podcast aims to be invaluable for anyone considering making a similar move, plus entertaining and relatable enough to be fun for everyone to enjoy and learn from - with the ultimate goal of helping find new ways to relate to each other, regardless of where we happen to call home.
Brendan Davis was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and started his film career in the Southeast US. He later moved to Los Angeles and has since been a producer on many award-winning films that have premiered or played at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other top film festivals, including features DEADGIRL and BORN TO DANCE and shorts "Age Inappropriate” and "Metamorphosis".
In 2012 Davis formed Kilin International in order to focus on co-productions. In 2013 Davis produced & executive produced 13 US-based episodes of long-running Chinese TV show "Jia Pian You Yue", which airs on CCTV6. The Kilin-produced episodes feature Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee (creator of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk), directors Justin Lin (THE FAST AND FURIOUS 2-5; STAR TREK) and M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE), and actor Sean Astin (LORD OF THE RINGS), among others.
In 2016 Davis moved to Beijing in order to live and work full-time in China. After guest lecturing at Beijing Film Academy and consulting for Chinese clients, Davis joined Adamas Film in Beijing as Chairman of Adamas Film International, overseeing the internationally-facing aspects of Adamas Film projects and advising the CEO and Board members on Hollywood best practices. In 2018, Davis joined visual effects and post-production company BangBang Pictures as Director of Special Ops, a newly-created position focused on research and development projects looking towards the future of the Sino entertainment industry. Davis is also a regular on-camera guest discussing the Chinese and international film industries for "Culture Express", China's leading English-language arts & entertainment show, which airs on CGTN (China Global Television Network), formerly CCTV English.
Ever since moving to Beijing and traveling extensively throughout China himself, Davis has been consistently impressed with the diverse group of foreigners who are also having an adventure of their own. He created “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” to dig deeper into this phenomena and see what he could learn as well as share with the world about his new home.
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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About the Podcast:
Each week on "Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom", host Brendan Davis talks with a fellow foreigner 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 has been a producer on many award-winning films that have played at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other film festivals. “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” shares what Davis has learned about his new home in China with the world.
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