Teddy Zee is a Chinese film producer and executive. He has served as Executive Vice President at Columbia Pictures, Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures, President of Sony-based Overbrook Films, President of Fox-based Davis Entertainment, and now under the banner of Teddy Zee Productions. Zee also operates a consulting and advisory practice that spans media, technology and commerce while bridging Hollywood with Asia.
Zee is also well established in the business world and is a venture partner in the investment platform Xcelerate Limited. He is also Executive Advisor for ObEN, an Artificial Intelligence start-up with proprietary voice and computer vision software that humanizes technology.
Zee is best known for his production of many box office hits. was the Executive Producer of The Pursuit of Happyness, a Columbia Pictures biographical film starring Will Smith based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner nearly one-year struggle bring homeless. Zee also produced 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 2010 Zee produced Quantum Quest is a computer animated, 3D, large format movie. The film was made in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).
In 2005, Zee produced 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 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 Life or Something Like It, a New Regency release starring Angelina Jolie.
As Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Zee oversaw such films as Charlie's Angels, Replacement Killers, Anaconda, Fools Rush In, Devil's Own, Cable Guy, First Knight, My Girl, Mo Money, Hero, and Sleepwalker. He championed Chow Yun Fats Hollywood debut. His project, 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 Indecent Proposal, Star Trek VI, Cousins, and Presidio
Zee has an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. from Cornell University. He is a long time member of AMPAS (the Executive branch of the Academy Awards), a member of the Committee of 100, 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 America and 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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