From Small Screen to Big Screen

Fresh from adding Indosiar to his group, Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja’s next challenge is to branch into the movie business.

Eddy Sariaatmadja.  © Ahmad Zamroni

Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja can’t wait to show his latest business: making full-length movies. During an interview in his office, he whips out his laptop and press a button. There, on screen are rough cuts from the “The Philosopher”. He’s making a big splash with a co-production of a Hollywood-level movie, The Philosophers, starring such major names as Bonnie Wright (better known as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series), Rhys Wakefield (who is best known for his role in James Cameron’s Sanctum), and Indonesian actress Cinta Laura Kiehl. Continue reading


Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

Noted businessman Chris Kanter is hoping to promote entrepreneurship through the GEPI initiative

Entrepreneurship is being developed everywhere in the world. One of the most recent initiatives is the Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI). It is the Indonesian version of a U.S. State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship in Indonesia. The program was first mooted by U.S. President Barack Obama in his Cairo speech in 2009 and selected Egypt for its first project. Indonesia came next. A group of local 13 business leaders, including Ciputra, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Sudhamek Agoeng Waspodo Sunjoto, Theodore Rachmat, aim to promote local entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Janji itu akhirnya terpenuhi

Sepeda kenangan

Sepeda kenangan ©Endang Muchtar

Asam di gunung, ikan di laut bertemu di kuali. Mungkin itulah peribahasa yang tepat untuk menggambarkan pertemuan antara Ciputra dan Dian Sumeler di usia muda dulu. Ciputra berasal dari Gorontalo, sementara Dian dari Tondano. Keduanya bertemu di Manado ketika sama-sama merantau untuk menempuh pendidikan. Continue reading