Janet Yang is a prominent Hollywood producer with deep roots in China. She has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world, including a long partnership with Oliver Stone.
Yang began her career distributing Chinese films in North America by such directors as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. She was then brought to Hollywood in the 80’s to reintroduce American cinema to the Chinese marketplace and successfully brokered the first sale of Hollywood movies to China since 1949.
Yang got her start in production working in Shanghai with Steven Spielberg on Empire of the Sun. She has since produced a number of award-winning films, including The Joy Luck Club; The People vs. Larry Flynt, which won Golden Globe® awards for Best Director and Best Actor, and was directed by multiple Academy Award®-winning director Milos Forman; Dark Matter with Meryl Streep; The Weight of Water with Sean Penn and directed by Academy Award®-winning director Katheryn Bigelow; High Crimes with Morgan Freeman; Indictment: The McMartin Trial, which won both the Emmy® and the Golden Globe® for Best Television Movie; a Chinese adaptation of the acclaimed Disney franchise High School Musical; and Shanghai Calling. Most recently, Yang served as an executive producer for the acclaimed documentary film Documented, written and directed by famed journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Committee of 100, and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Ms. Yang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
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