Derek Ting is the producer, writer, and lead actor of the independent feature film, $upercapitalist. Derek has always had a passion for acting, and rediscovered it while taking an acting class while a student at Cornell University. After graduation, Derek lived and worked for several years in New York City. Experiencing September 11, 2001, Derek decided life was too short and took steps to become an actor. Derek joined an informal artist, writer, filmmaker group that is now the Asian American Film Lab (aafilmlab.com), a non-profit organization, which elected Derek as its first president. As president, he produced their first short film competition now called the 72 Hour Shootout in conjunction with MTV; the competition is now in its eighth Year. Juggling a corporate career in technology with acting auditions, Derek had a successful run, quickly landing national commercials and bit parts on television shows. Nevertheless, he felt there were too few opportunities for more substantial roles.
Moving to Hong Kong, Derek gave up acting to become a producer at CNN International. At CNN, Derek directed news anchors for marketing vignettes and promos and crafted campaigns above the line and below the line. He created various print ads for placement in top publications such as Time magazine. He further produced for Turner Inc., CNN’s parent company, on intercompany related projects. Derek left CNN to become general manager of two digital media companies working on various projects such as Video Game outsourcing for Disney video game projects, Yahoo Search engine development, and content production for Toys R Us.
However, acting had not given up on Derek. Local Hong Kong commercial directors approached him to be in their commercials, and Derek soon followed up with a part in “Largo Winch,” an international French production starring Kristin Scott Thomas. It was at that time Derek realized he should write his own lead acting role which resulted in the making of $upercapitalist.
Derek started writing $upercapitalist in 2007 — just one year before the financial crisis. He felt no one had ever done an English Language financial thriller linking the two financial capitals: Hong Kong and New York. It was the learning experience of a lifetime where he has had the opportunity to work on and see almost every part of the film production process including writing the script, acting, producing, post production (sound, music, color, editing), sales, and marketing. $upercapitalist is his debut lead acting role.
As a first time filmmaker, Derek is very excited to have secured distribution and participate in the cutting edge models for indie film distribution. The film will have a Day & Date release, which means it is simultaneously available in theaters, iTunes and Cable VOD (reaching 100 Million homes.) This is unprecedented exposure for an independent film, which has not been previously been available to independent filmmakers. Derek hopes through his personal story, he can inspire others to follow their own dreams.
Producer and Business Development Director
Joyce is an international professional photographer specializing in photojournalistic photos for fashion, corporate, artistic, and personal projects. Joyce has worked with many of the top models in Hong Kong, published in several magazines, and featured in several photo exhibitions. She is currently expanding her scope across Europe.
Following her passion in the arts, Joyce founded Random Art Workshop
(RAW) in January 2009 to create a bridge between artists and
professionals. RAW strives to bring art to people’s daily lives in order to
create a strong art community through holding workshops led by artist
professionals. As a new extension of RAW, RAW produces media in all
forms digital and physical, leveraging its extensive network of industry and specialty artists. In just a few years, RAW has produced for a number of leading corporations such as Langham Place Hotel, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Origins, among others. RAW has also been featured across several major publications both locally and internationally.
Joyce was a Director of Risk Management for American Express managing various portfolios in New York, and started and managed the Hong Kong Risk Management Team before leaving to pursue a career in media. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, United States.
Diana Footitt is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Associates, and has been based in Hong Kong for the last fifteen years. Diana has guided the public relations strategy on some of the highest profile transactions in Asia, including advising on the media relations for a number of Hong Kong initial public offerings. She is also known for her special situation media relations work and reputation management for corporates and high net worth individuals.
Prior to establishing Artemis Associates, Diana ran the Asian operations of two global public relations firms for ten years and founded the Asia business of Financial Dynamics, “FD”, (now renamed FTI Strategic Communications).
Diana qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse, thereafter she began a career in investment banking, initially in equity research and then in M&A, in London and Hong Kong. Diana established the first international investor relations practice focused on companies in China. She has a degree in Economics and Politics from Warwick University.