There’s a new Jack on the wood! Jack Ma, the richest man in China and founder of Alibaba, “the biggest entertainment company in the world,” attended Tuesday’s Lakers game with William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell and actor Jet Li. Ma told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that he is in Southern California to learn from Hollywood and discuss the impact of China’s growing middle class on the film market. He is also reportedly meeting with studio executives to buy online content. [THR]
For us at the Truffle, Ari Emanuel stories never get old. So when our friends over at Fortune Magazine called us to point out their new interview with the super agent, portrayed as Ari Gold on Entourage, we rose a bit early to publish this post. One-time Facebook CEO and Napster kingpin Sean Parker, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the highest paid man in TV Les Moonves, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and others all weigh in on the man and tell about their first interactions, their impressions, and working with WME’s top dog.