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The “keys to success” from 3 Chinese Americans 三位美籍华人的“成功关键词”

May 07, 2018 | China News


Janet Yang Prominent Hollywood producer



Janet Yang Productions

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 acclaimed 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 (Warner Bros). She has since produced a number of award-winning films, including the iconic The Joy Luck Club (Disney); The People vs. Larry Flynt, which won Golden Globe awards for Best Director and Best Actor, and was directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Milos Forman (Columbia Pictures); Dark Matter with Meryl Streep (Sony); The Weight of Water with Sean Penn and directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (Lion’s Gate); High Crimes with Morgan Freeman (20th Century Fox) ? Indictment: The McMartin Trial, which won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for Best Television Movie(HBO Films); a Chinese adaptation of the acclaimed Disney franchise High School Musical (Disney); and cult favorite 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 (CNN Films).

Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch of the Academy; the Committee of 100, and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California. She is also now on the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch of the Academy. 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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