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Janet Yang - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Janet Yang Janet Yang

SFTV Presidential Fellow and Clinical Professor | Loyola Marymount University


School of Film and Television


An Emmy-and Golden Globe-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Janet Yang Executive Produced the groundbreaking 1993 film "The Joy Luck Club" based on the novel by Amy Tan about the complex relationships between Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. The film was the first mainstream American feature starring an all-Asian cast.

Yang first rose to prominence through her collaboration with Steven Spielberg on "Empire of the Sun." She’s partnered with many of the most formidable directors in the world, including Oliver Stone, Kathryn Bigelow, Milos Forman, and others. Among her numerous film and TV credits are "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Shanghai Calling," "Dark Matter," "High School Musical: China,” and "High Crimes." Her firm Janet Yang Productions is currently developing projects with underrepresented voices, including the upcoming animated feature "Over the Moon."

A tireless advocate for Asian-American voices within Hollywood and the independent film community, Yang was appointed in May 2019 to the board of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as Governor-at-Large after serving in a prominent role on a number of Academy committees and was recently elected to a Board Officer position Chairing the Membership and Governance Committee.

Education (2)

Columbia University: M.B.A., Business Administration 1984

Brown University: B.A., International Relations 1978

Areas of Expertise (6)

Film and Television Producing

Film and Television Development

Business of Entertainment

Asian-Americans in Entertainment

Asian Cinema

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion