Janet Yang is a prominent Hollywood producer who has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world.
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.
She has since produced a number of award-winning films, including the iconic The Joy Luck Club (Disney) and The People vs. Larry Flynt, which won Golden Globe awards for Best Director and Best Actor to name a few.
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 member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch of the Academy, Committee of 100, the National Committee on US-China Relations, board member of the 1990 Institute 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.