Teddy Zee is a longtime producer and entertainment executive in Hollywood. Perhaps the most visible and vocal champion of Asians in Hollywood, Zee has over twenty years of experience as President of Overbrook Films and Davis Entertainment, as a studio executive for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and as an independent producer. Most recently, he has focused on doing co-productions that bridge Hollywood with China and Asia.
Zee us producing [http://imdb.com/title/tt0312305/ QUANTUM QUEST] is a computer animated, 3D, large format movie that Zee is producing for Taiwan’s Digimax. The film is being made in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Zee was the Executive Producer of [http://imdb.com/title/tt0454921/ PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS] , a Columbia Pictures film starring
Will Smith. The film has earned $300 million in worldwide ticket sales. Zee produced [http://www.w32nd.com/ WEST 32ND] , a CJ Entertainment film starring John Cho, Grace Park and Jeong Jun-Ho. It was one of 18 selected for World Narrative Competition at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2005, Zee produced [http://imdb.com/title/tt0386588/ HITCH] , a Columbia Pictures release starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James that earned over $365 million in worldwide ticket sales. He also produced [http://imdb.com/title/tt0384504/ SAVING FACE] starring Joan Chen, official selections for the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. It won the 2005 Golden Horse Audience Award, Taiwan's Oscar equivalent. Previously, as President of Davis Entertainment, Zee was the Executive Producer of [http://imdb.com/title/tt0282687/ LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT] , a New Regency release starring Angelina Jolie.
Zee is the Executive Producer of the annual Asian Excellence Awards broadcast on E! and AZN-TV to 100 million homes in the US. He also was the Executive Producer of the talk show DIM SUM WITH TEDDY ZEE and IVY DREAMS, a documentary that follows four Asian-American high school seniors pursuing Ivy League college admissions. Both were for AZN-TV.
As Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Zee oversaw such films as [http://imdb.com/title/tt0160127/ CHARLIE'S ANGELS] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0120008/ REPLACEMENT KILLERS] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0118615/ ANACONDA] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0119141/ FOOLS RUSH IN] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0118972/ DEVIL'S OWN] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0115798/ CABLE GUY] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0113071/ FIRST KNIGHT] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0102492/ MY GIRL] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0104897/ MO MONEY] , HERO, and [http://imdb.com/title/tt0105428/ SLEEPWALKERS] . He championed Chow Yun Fat’s Hollywood debut. His project, [http://imdb.com/title/tt0160127/ CHARLIE'S ANGELS] , was a feature film springboard for Lucy Liu. He worked with Hong Kong filmmakers John Woo, Stephen Chow and Ringo Lam. As Senior VP of Productions at Paramount Pictures, he shepherded such films as [http://imdb.com/title/tt0107211/ INDECENT PROPOSAL] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0102975/ STAR TREK VI] , [http://imdb.com/title/tt0097116/ COUSINS] and [http://imdb.com/title/tt0095897/ PRESIDIO] . Zee continues to work with new and established talent producing scripts that that are national and international box office hits.
Zee has an M.B.A. from
Harvard Universityand a B.S. from Cornell University. He is a long time member of AMPAS (the Executive branch of the Academy Awards), a former member of the Executive Board of the Asian American Policy Review at Harvard's JFK School of Government, a board member of Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), a member of the Producers Guild of Americaand a trustee of the Marc Goodman Foundation for Cancer Research.
The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) honored Zee with the 2007 Award for Excellence in the Arts and Entertainment and KCET, PBS’ Los Angeles affiliate named him “Local Hero” in 2005 for his contributions to the Asian American community.
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